Manteca High’s defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion boys tennis team has a new look for the 2018 season, which began with a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Sierra on Tuesday.
No. 1 singles player Solman Aniss and No. 2 Kurtis Ma return for the largely untested group of Buffaloes. Aniss held off Sierra’s Kyle Banks 7-5-6-3, while Ma defeated Quentin Banks, 6-2, 6-1. Kevin Lin, a doubles player the past two seasons, outlasted Mat Len 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in his singles debut from the No. 3 spot.
“We return only four players from last year’s varsity team and are in rebuilding mode,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “We have six players who have less than a year of playing. We are young and today sometimes our inexperience showed.”
Manteca still swept all six singles matches, with DeAngelo Caldera (6-2, 6-1), Harshawn Singh (5-7, 7-6, 10-3) and Nick Pio (7-5, 6-3) doing their part. Caldera is one of just two seniors on the team.
Niko Plares and Ryan Foo won at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-2. Sierra claimed the other two doubles matches — No. 2 Jassan Gil and David Vera edged out Manteca’s Ravpreet Grewal and Kayson Neduvakkattu 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-8, and No. 3 Juan Ponce and Jet Morales prevailed, 6-1, 6-4.
Oakdale 9, East Union 0
The shorthanded Lancers forfeited two doubles matches.
Luis Tristan was competitive in the No. 1 singles match before falling to Oakdale’s Angel Padilla, 4-6, 4-6.
Sierra 8, McNair 0
STOCKTON —Jacob Peterson, Jared Bagley and Brandon Reis combined for 11 strikeouts and no walks in a one-hit gem for the Timberwolves (2-1).
Sierra did all the damage it needed in the first inning, plating a pair of runs on base hits from Hunter Frisk (3 for 4) and Slyder Blyth (2 for 3, double).
Weston Ranch 2,
Linden 2 (9)
STOCKTON — Nine innings were not enough to decide this nonleague battle.
James Peavey (2 for 5) sent it to extra frames after knocking in Isaac Espino — pinch-running for Utiel Gomez, who hit a leadoff single — for the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. Linden (3-0-1) scored its runs in the sixth.
Weston Ranch (2-0-1) was anchored by strong pitching, as Rylan Tinsley struck out eight over five innings and Carlos Drain threw the final four. Austin Cappas drove in the Cougars’ first run in the first inning.
Central Valley 0
CERES — Kylan Chandler paced the Buffaloes (3-0) with six kills, 10 digs and four aces.
Cameron Reis and Kyle Bolding pounded five kills apiece, and Nick Bell added four. Jonathan Borres distributed 15 assists, and Kyle Reis picked up seven digs.
Ripon 256, West DQ
TRACY — Nico Ilardi carded a 40 in the nonleague match at Tracy Country Club. Host West did not field enough players for a complete score.
Cade McCusker (49), Seth Whitley (54), Aidan Nilsson (54) and Kenny Johnson (59) rounded out scoring for the Indians, who take on Ripon Christian today at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union 14,
Kayla Bottoms highlighted the four-inning rout on Monday with a bases-clearing double. Bradee Jeffery reached four times and scored twice. Michaela Lopez plated two runs and reached three times.