Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
The Crusaders (3-4 TVL) had their share of opportunities but left 10 runners on base while more than doubling Ripon’s hit total with nine. They mounted a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh before closer Trent Murphy came in and recorded the save with a three-pitch strikeout.
Ripon (5-2, 7-4) never trailed as it carried a 5-0 lead through four innings. The Indians plated four more runs in the sixth to lead, 9-2.
Ace pitcher Brandon Scott labored through four innings as he walked four, scattered three hits and struck out four in 85 pitches.
Angelo Baciocco had no hits but scored a pair of runs and drove in two. Jarod Andrews also plated two runs, and Nick Price contributed two RBIs. Joey Gulley was 4 for 4 for MC.
Crusaders pitcher Garcia Marquez threw 5 2/3 innings. He walked five but only five of the nine runs surrendered were earned.
Central Catholic 57
The Buffaloes improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League behind strong performances in the field events. Marcus Montano (high jump, long jump) and Juan Gomez (400, 300 hurdles) were their only multi-event winners.
“Our guys stepped up in the field events today,” Manteca coach Rick Cuevas said. “Central Catholic has a strong team. They have a good pole vaulter and some sprinters.”
Connor White (high jump, long jump) and Ismael Ramirez (110 hurdles 300 hurdles) led the frosh-soph squad to an 88-21 victory.
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It was all Manteca despite top sprinter Jade Griffin taking the day off.
Arianna Avina was the big points contributor with wins in the 400, 800, 3,200 and 4x100. Regan Both dusted the field to win the 100 and 200 while anchoring the winning 4x100. Summer Kirby joined them on the relay team and took first in the long jump and pole vault.
Lucia Barragan was a triple winner for the frosh-soph girls, who prevailed, 29-6.
Manteca 9, Lathrop 0
The Buffaloes continued their march to the VOL title, losing just eight games Tuesday. Yok Jing Ma (6-1, 6-0), Michael Lopez (6-0, 6-0), Gino Mercado (6-2, 6-0), Nolan Osborn (6-1, 6-0), Kyle Thornburg (6-0, 6-1) and Spencer Jackson (6-2, 6-0) were the singles winners.
In doubles, Yok Ehy Ma and Si Hao Tang (6-1, 6-0), Yayha Shabbar and Dhillion Patel (6-0, 6-0) and Leonard Gutierrez and Matt Pabla (6-0, 6-0) turned in dominant performances.
Kimball 5, East Union 4
The Lancers put up a good fight against the VOL’s second-place team and defending champion.
Jake Kramer (6-1, 6-2) and Carlos Campos (6-4, 6-2) accounted for their lone singles wins. The No. 2 doubles team of Gerardo Romero and Jose Sanchez won 6-3, 6-2. Raul Duenas and Hector Romero won the No. 3 match, 7-5 (7-5), 6-2.
Central Catholic 194,
The VOL-leading Raiders had three players score par or better at Manteca Park Golf Course. Tyler Ward was low medalist with a 3-under 34 on the front nine.
Kyle Howard and Ray Gallardo paced Manteca (1-7) with a 46 and 47, respectively.
Oakdale 108, Manteca 60
Freshman Alyssa Trejo won the 100 butterfly and 500 free, and Julia Saling kept her unbeaten streak alive in the 100 breaststroke. Manteca is now 2-2 in the VOL.
The junior varsity girls dropped to 3-1 win their 90-46 loss.
Oakdale 100, Manteca 50
Austin Welch was the top swimmer for Manteca (2-2) with a first place in the 100 free and runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke.
The undefeated JV boys were led by Joey Goodman’s solid all-around effort. He turned in a season best 29.02-second 50 free, took second in the 100 free and anchored the 200 free relay that won on the touch