Manteca clinched a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II postseason after wrapping up its Valley Oak League schedule with a 9-0 rout of East Union on Thursday.
Manteca finished 10-4 in the VOL and qualified for the playoffs as a third seed. It’s kind of exciting going to the playoffs,” Manteca head coach Frank Fontana said. “We have a fairly new, inexperienced team, so just qualifying is a huge success for us.”
Kimball clinched the league title on Tuesday with Weston Ranch finishing in second. This is the seventh straight season the Buffaloes have made the postseason.
Manteca’s Mike Lopez (6-3, 6-1), Yok-Jing Ma (6-0, 6-1) and Puneet Sandhu (6-0, 6-0) all picked up straight set wins. The Buffaloes last three singles players (Alex Vasquez, Thomas Reza and Spencer Jackson) recorded sweeps as well.
All of Manteca’s doubles teams picked up victories in straight sets.
Weston Ranch 9, Sierra 0
Weston Ranch is headed to the postseason after finishing up its league schedule with a sweep over host Sierra on Thursday.
Weston Ranch’s Kevin Yamayoshi (No. 1 singles), Suhkman Singh (No. 2) and Carl Legaspi (No. 3) each picked up straight-set wins. Raymond Logoc, Chai Saepharn and Josh Gonzalez wrapped up the final three singles points for the Cougars, who finished second place in the VOL.
Andre Albino/Adrian Andrade (No. 1 doubles) and Ion Obispo/Jesse Nisperos (No. 2) tallied straight-set wins for Weston Ranch (12-2 VOL). Mark Legaspi/Lorenzo Sison spent three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) knocking off Sierra’s Jonathan Weatherby/Enrique Salgado.
Sonora 219, Sierra DQ
Sierra had two of its players disqualified as a penalty for signing off on scorecards that didn’t have the correct score on a certain hole Thursday.
The Timberwolves (8-5 VOL) didn’t have enough individuals to record a team-score, which resulted in another win for 9-3 Sonora.
Essley Green carded a 49 and Chris Schmitz carded a 46. Joey Guinta tallied a 44 as did Matt Rose. Sonora’s Cayden McLoughlin finished with a, two-over match-low 39 at Manteca Park Golf Course.
East Union 211, Kimball 243
Will Brink was the medalist after carding a 37 during East Union’s VOL victory over Kimball at the Tracy Country Club.
Jordan Lund shot a 47 and Zach Couch a 48. Kyle Davis (44), Nick Rounsville (42) and Eric Davis (42) rounded out the EU total.
VOL-leading East Union improved to 11-1 and will play against Oakdale on Tuesday,
East Union 13, West Tracy 0
East Union’s Rebeca Leonard (3 for 4) had six RBIs during a non-league victory over West Tracy.
Raquel Duenes (2 for 2) and Gisselle Huerta (1 for 3, two RBIs) also contributed offensively. Leonard went the distance for EU (17-1 overall, 4-0 VOL) and threw five stikeouts and gave up four walks and three hits.