Celina Cooper needed just two innings to rack up six RBIs, and Peyton Rose twirled a mercy-shortened three-hitter as Manteca walloped visiting Lathrop 17-0 Friday.
Cooper, who went 3 for 3 while plating three runs, began the onslaught with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. She and the Buffaloes (7-5 Valley Oak League, 13-8 overall) were just getting warmed up.
Manteca blew it wide open with a 14-run assault in the second, when Cooper slugged an RBI double along with a three-run homer. The Buffaloes doled out nine hits in the rally and totaled 16 for the contest.
Eleven different Buffaloes got in on the action with at least one hit. Rose helped her cause with a 2-for-4, two-run, three-RBI effort at the plate. Nicole Magnuson (2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Annissa Gonzalez (3 runs) also smashed two hits each.
Rose was in full command from the pitcher’s circle with the big lead. She struck out five and walked one, and Regina Juarez accounted for two of the three hits for Lathrop (1-10, 1-19).
Manteca rounds out the regular season with tough matchups against Sierra and Oakdale next week.
Weston Ranch 14, Sonora 0
Arianna Hernandez belted a home run and was part of a combined one-hitter in the Cougars’ home finale. She finished 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs and struck out three in her two-inning start.
Lydia McDonald celebrated senior day by tossing three scoreless innings in relief. Elysia Hernandez plated three runs and was 2 for 3, and Vanessa Contreras drove in three with a double and a triple.
The Cougars (4-8 VOL, 13-11 overall) wrap up the season next week at East Union and at Kimball on May 1 and 3, respectively.
East Union 8, Sierra 5
Deja Guzman hammered a home run to highlight the East Union (11-2 VOL, 23-2 overall) victory. She and Melanie Ramos both went 2 for 3, and Valerie Ramos added a two-run triple.
Pitcher Lindsey Jordan rung up eight strikeouts to no walks. She also hit a triple on offense.
East Union 21, Sierra 5
The Pages (6-0 VOL, 19-2 overall) round out their season as outright lead champions.
Raquel Duenas was 4 for 4 to lead the way, Nathalie Quant finished 3 for 3 and Baley Glover went 2 for 3. Rebeca Leonard struck out four in the mercy-shortened win.
Jenny Anderson cracked two doubles in her two official at-bats for Sierra. Cayla Kinlaw contributed a 2-for-3 outing.