The Ripon Christian Knights were scheduled for two games the first day of the 2nd Annual Mark Smallwood Memorial Tournament Thursday, but weather would only permit the Knights a 7-5 win over Millenium.
Ripon Christian scored three in the first and three in the second to help gain control of the tournament opener against Millenium. The Knights’ second contest, scheduled against Woodland, was postponed.
Heavy rains in the Ripon area forced the Knights’ 10 a.m. start time Thursday to be bumped back a couple of hours. The eight-team tournament, featuring Turlock Christian, Ygnacio Valley, Forrest Lake, Millenium, Modesto Christian, Woodland and the host Knights, will continue on through Saturday.
The Knights will begin action with a matchup with Woodland, followed by a 4 p.m. scheduled contest against former Trans Valley League foe Modesto Christian.
Manteca 8, Sierra 1
Forrest Tolman was the lone bright spot for the Sierra Timberwolves, as they dropped their Valley Oak League match at Manteca High 8-1.
The Buffaloes got superb singles play from their No. 2 spot on, not surrendering more than three games in any match.
Michael Lopez, Jacob Webb, Chris Sierra and Yok Jing Mai all cruised to relatively easy singles victories, while Sam Dhaliwal and Alex Vasquez teamed up for a 6-0, 6-3 doubles win. The final two doubles matches were shortened Manteca victories due to rain.