OAKDALE — Time ran out on the historic Manteca softball team Thursday.
After a playoff win on Tuesday gave the sixth-seeded Buffaloes their first-ever playoff win and first-ever 20-win season, Manteca traveled east on Thursday and came out on the wrong end of a 13-0 mercy-rule quarterfinal loss in five innings to No. 3 Oakdale in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“Like I told the girls, this result can’t take away from the successful season they have had,” Buffaloes coach Josh Farris said. “They have done some amazing things, things that no Buffalo team has done — at least in my time here — and they should be proud of that.
“They were awesome student-athletes. Inside and outside the classroom they worked hard, especially every single day at practice. It just worked out to where we ran out of steam at the end. They have set the bar high and we look forward to seeing what we can do in the next few years.”
Mustangs fireballer Delainey Everett shut Manteca (20-8-1) down for the first three innings, allowing just one baserunner on an error in the third and striking out four.
Ariana Lowery led off the Buffaloes fourth with a single that proved to be Manteca’s only hit. She took second on Baylee Willenbrink’s groundout before Jessica Almeida walked. That was to be the high-water mark for the Manteca offense as the next two Buffaloes batters struck out.
Everett’s little sister Raegen came in to pitch the fifth inning and retired the side in order with two strikeouts.
Oakdale’s No. 9 batter Kylie Valente was 2 for 3 with five RBI, a triple and three runs. Teammate Amanda Bricker was 2 for 3 with four RBI.
“Against Central Catholic we were disappointed,” Mustangs coach Larry Loger said. “But then we had East Union, Beyer and now Manteca and our bats came alive against East Union and they have stayed alive.”
Oakdale travels to Modesto on Tuesday to take on No. 2 Central Catholic in the semifinals.
“We’re ready to roll,” Loger said. “We’re going to face the best pitcher in the area, besides ours.
“We’re ready though. It’s gonna be fun.”