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Manteca still in hunt for VOL, cruises past Kimball
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Manteca bounced back from consecutive losses against Oakdale last week and took out its frustration on Kimball Tuesday.

Jake Corn went 6 1/3 innings and tossed seven strikeouts during the Buffaloes’ 10-1 Valley Oak League victory over the visiting Jaguars (7-4 VOL, 16-6-1 overall).

“We put pressure on (Kimball),” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “When you put the ball in play, good things happen. Hopefully we can continue working hard and finish the week strong.”

William Reeder went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Michael Garibay finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and scored two runs as well. Manteca (9-2 VOL, 15-5 overall) had eight total hits and jumped out to a 9-0 lead after a four-run bottom of the fourth. Jeremy Vaughn closed and finished with a strikeout for Manteca, which will visit Kimball Thursday at 4 p.m.

“We’ll just continue on with our normal routine and be ready for Thursday,” Ballardo concluded.

East Union 5, Weston Ranch 1

Weston Ranch left a total of seven runners on base and committed three errors as it came up short against East Union (6-5 VOL, 12-10 overall) on Tuesday.

East Union received a strong pitching performance from Jordan Kron, who also had a two-RBI single that made it 3-1 in the fourth inning. The Cougars (0-11 VOL, 0-19 overall) got on the scoreboard first and the game was tied at one apiece through three innings. EU tacked on its final two runs in the seventh frame to make up the final score.

“The score doesn’t indicate how close the game really was,” Weston Ranch coach Ron Wayman said.

Sierra 10, Lathrop 7

Sierra scored eight of its runs in the second inning and Lathrop couldn’t recover during a VOL loss for the host Spartans (4-7 league, 9-12 overall).

Lathrop scored three of its total in the fourth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh. Sierra, which improved to 7-4 league, 14-8-1 overall, received a pair of runs from Kyle Oden, Jake Pruitt and Gerald Parente. Lathrop’s Austin Plunk, Preston Rizo and Michael Pereznegron all crossed the plate in the third inning.

“Offensively I thought we put the ball in play,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “We capitalized on their mistakes on the field, but came up a little short.”