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Manteca pitcher goes out as three-time All-VOL first-team selection
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Manteca’s Nayellys Torres gets fired up from second base in a Valley Oak League game against visiting Oakdale. - photo by Wayne Thallander

 Nayellys Torres has been named to her third Valley Oak League first team, marking the end of an era for the Manteca softball team.

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Manteca shortstop Sienna Lowery throws to first base in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game against West Park.
The graduated senior was at the center of some of the Buffaloes’ greatest moments in program history, including a run to their first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal this past spring. She’s one of just four Manteca Unified student-athletes to make the all-league first team.

VOL co-champion Oakdale (8-2, 22-7 overall) lassoed two of the major awards, as Pacific-bound catcher Presley Barnes garnered MVP honors and Raegen Everett earned Pitcher of the Year. It was the Mustangs who knocked off Manteca in a controversial semifinal, 2-1, on the way to the SJS Division III crown.

Freshman shortstop Samantha Nichols of SJS Division IV runner-up Central Catholic (8-2, 20-8) is Offensive Player of the Year, and Sam Nichols received Coach of the Year. Kimball junior shortstop/outfielder Kaeliana DePerio got Defensive Player of the Year.

Torres, signed to Dominican University, is the all-time career strikeouts leader for Manteca (6-4, 17-8) with 497, and that’s with a pandemic-shortened freshman year in which there were no postseason awards in the VOL.

She started all 10 of the Buffaloes’ league games this season, going 6-4 with a 2.61 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings. Torres also keyed the attacking, hitting .385 with three doubles and five RBIs.

Sophomore teammates Sienna Lowery and Lauren Moncada also made the All-VOL

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Lauren Moncada slides home to score a run for Manteca against East Union. - photo by SEAN KAHLER
first team. Lowery is all-league again after getting on the second team last year. The shortstop hit .393 and had a .528 on-base percentage. Moncada, the Buffaloes’ catcher, led the team with a .517 batting average, .588 on-base percentage, 13 runs and three homers.

Manteca sophomore infielder Jocelyn Baptist (.294, six RBIs, five doubles) and freshman infielder Maleiah Garza (.303) are on the All-VOL second team. Freshman outfielder Ayva Wilkins received honorable mention.

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East Union’s Makayla Simpson delivers a pitch at Sierra.

East Union (3-7, 13-10) is represented by junior Mikayla Simpson on the all-league first team. She was the Lancers’ top hitter in VOL play with a .370 average and six RBIs. She also made eight pitching appearances.

East Union players on the second team are Alabama State-bound catcher Mackenzie Nervis (.320, three HRs,11 RBIs), freshman Sienna Owen (.345, six RBIs) and sophomore Liky Pickering (.300, two HRs). Sophomore Fallon Norman got honorable mention.

Sierra (0-1-, 4-15) has one all-league selection in senior Breanna Tyler (.300). Sophomore Val Villanueva made honorable mention.