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Manteca sets tone early in softball win at Turlock
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TURLOCK — The Manteca softball team took its lumps on Tuesday and took it out on Turlock in a nonleague contest Thursday.

The Buffaloes raked for six runs in the top of the first inning, and Haighley Kissee silenced Turlock’s bats in the final six innings of an 8-2 win. They were coming off a 10-0 loss at St. Mary’s.

“We wanted to come out and score some runs early after the loss in our previous game, and we did just that,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. 

The Bulldogs (1-1) plated their only runs in the first. Kissee dominated from there, scattering five hits while striking out nine.

“I thought Haighley pitched great and the defense played error-free behind her, and we do that we always have a chance to win.”

A pair of freshmen accounted for five of the team’s eight hits. Catcher Kaileah Johannsen went 3 for 4, and Kaylee MacDannald went 2 for 4 with two runs. Tawny Deerinck added two RBIs for the Buffaloes (2-1).



Los Banos 10,

Manteca 0 (5)

LOS BANOS — The Tigers (3-0) blew it open with eight runs in the final three innings while pitcher Kody Cardoza kept the Manteca bats in check.

“Give Los Banos credit,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “They played hard and made the most of their opportunities. Cardoza is the real deal, too.”

Manteca (2-1) helped its opponent by committing four errors. Joel Olmos and Alex Gouveia (double) roped two hits apiece. The Buffaloes ended up with five hits. Ricardo Abejuela was 3 for 4 with three runs for Los Banos, while Josh Gomes went 3 for 3 with two doubles.



West 89, Sierra 81 (G)

TRACY — Meghan Tolman led a sweep in the 50-yard freestyle, won the 100 backstroke and helped the 200 freestyle relay team finish first. 

Ashlea Green contributed first-place points in the 100 backstroke. The meet was tied at 70-70 with two races to go, and West clinched its win by taking the 400 free relay.


West 93, Sierra 73 (B)

TRACY — Sierra’s rebuilding boys team, which has just eight swimmers after claiming the Valley Oak League title last year, competed well despite its low numbers.

Nicholas Brink (100 back), Erik Enriquez (100 free) and David Tolman (50 free) each won individual races, and they joined Esteban Castro on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. 



Livingston 3, Sierra 0

Sierra played its first-ever match at home but fell, 21-25, 17-25, 23-25.

Kurtis Parrish and Abeil Tesfandrias were the Timberwolves’ standouts at the net. Lance Vann led the team from the service line


Sophomore baseball

Manteca 8, Los Banos 5

LOS BANOS — The Buffaloes (2-0) rallied for six unanswered runs, including three in the top of the seventh to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Dominic Rea (2 for 3, triple, two RBIs) knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a double. Logan Quan finished 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Winning pitcher Rafael Diaz struck out eight over six innings, and Austin Kovacs pitched the seventh for the save.


Freshman softball

Freedom 6, East Union 4

Kaitlyn Leal did what she could to keep the Lancers (4-1) in the game, pitching six strong innings that includes seven strikeouts, seven hits, no walks and two earned runs.

Andrea Smith led the offense with a 3-for-3 effort.