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Manteca softball moves to 6-0
Ripon, RC fare well in Crosstown Cup; Manteca volleyball outlasts Indians
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Manteca’s young softball team is showing little signs of rust despite limited practice time on its field.

The Buffaloes remain undefeated through six non-league games after taking down visiting Tokay 7-2 on Monday.

“The weather has been tough on everyone,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “Our team, especially our young girls, are learning on the fly how to win ballgames.”

They got all the runs they needed in the bottom of the first, stringing together a three-run rally. Manteca widened the gap with another three-spot in the fifth.

Jessica Almeida (two runs), Marissa San Nicolas (two RBIs, two runs, two steals) and Baylee Willenbrink (run, steal) were all 2 for 3 from the plate. Nayellys Torres added a triple and a steal. The Buffs totaled 10 hits.

Freshman Bel Tonna got the win, scattering six hits with six strikeouts over four innings. Torres closed it out for the long save, striking out nine in three innings.

“I thought the pitchers did a great job of getting strikeouts and not allowing any free passes, making them put the ball in play and letting our defense do its job,” Farris said.

Manteca hosts Linden in a battle of unbeaten on Wednesday.



Crosstown Cup

Ripon and Ripon Christian showed well in the three-man scramble hosted by Turlock and Pitman at Turlock Country Club.

St. Mary’s beat Ripon in a playoff for the championship after the two teams score 137s. Turlock followed with a 138, Oakdale was fourth out of 20 teams with a 142 and Ripon Christian took fifth with a 146.

Wyatt Hayes, Cade Van Groningen and Ben Miller combined to score 2-over 74 for Ripon Christian. Ethan Schenk, Trey Van Groningen and Carter Van Groningen finished with an even 72.



Manteca 3, Ripon 1

The Buffaloes (7-3) won the non-league match 25-15, 24-26, 25-15, 25-16 behind Camden Steckler’s 14 kills and 11 digs.

Garrison Reis contributed 10 kills, 12 digs and 15 service points. Julio Mateo pitched in 11 kills to the attack, and Connor Navarro had 27 assists. Manny Ramirez led the defense with 15 digs.

Julio Mateo 11 kills


JV volleyball

Ripon 2, Manteca 1

Manteca took a 24-26, 25-14, 7-15 loss.

Jesus Gomez collected five kills and 11 digs for the Buffaloes. Jay Noche had 10 digs.