SALIDA — A nip-and-tuck battle turned into a blowout thanks to a seven-run barrage in the top of the fifth inning, as Manteca High’s baseball team rolled past Modesto Christian 12-2 in a nonleague game Wednesday.
“This wasn’t our best game but we grinded out a win,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “We played hard but need to get back to the practice field.”
The Buffaloes (5-1) totaled 11 hits and got two apiece from Ronaldo Tijero (double, RBI), Kyle Rachels, Sam Rohovit (double, three RBIs), Alex Gouveia and Zach Chamberlain (double, two RBIs).
Winning pitcher Devin Sullivan threw three innings in relief, while starter Kyle Rachels struck out four in three innings.
Tracy 9, East Union 1
TRACY — Tracy Tournament host Tracy High plated at least a run in the first six innings and improved to 4-0 on the season.
East Union (1-3) led after the top of the first inning with Brayden Hardcastle driving in Marco Gonzales with a hit. The Lancers cap tournament action on Saturday.
Ripon Christian 10,
Delta Charter 4
RIPON — The Knights (2-1) pounded out 13 hits and had seven runs through the first three innings. Kristin King was 2 for 3 with three runs for the Knights. Emily Van Vliet (2 for 4, RBI, two runs), Haley Brown (2 for 4, RBI, double, run) and Jamie Shipley (2 for 4, double) rounded out the Knights attack.
Shipley started and went 4 2/3 innings inside the circle, giving up two earned runs and allowing four hits while walking four and striking out two. Bethany Silveira came on in relief for 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits while walking four.
Ripon 239, Ripon
RIPON — Freshman Connor Larkin led Ripon (2-1) with a 43 in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club. Rhet Herrin placed second with a 45, and Trent Hawes added a 47.
Ryan Garcia and Rian Koetsier carded a 46 and 47, respectively, for Ripon Chrisitan.
East Union 5,
Buhach Colony 1
The Lancers (2-0) established control at the outset, with goals from Elena Rivera and Julia Villagon in the first five minutes at Dino Cunial Field. Rivera finished with two goals, and Jenna Zuniga added two of her own early in the second half.
Sierra 3, Lincoln 2
STOCKTON — Yasmin Ballew’s second-half goal proved to be the difference for Sierra (6-0-2), which gave up a penalty-kick goal in the final minutes.
Jadyn Shinn and Minty Doyle added a goal apiece in the first half, and both were assisted by Kyndra Kiser.