Manteca forced the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top softball team to go the distance in a 5-0 loss at home Tuesday.
It’s an achievement considering how Oakdale (4-0, 11-0-1 overall) obliterated its previous competition in the Valley Oak League, outscoring Kimball, Weston Ranch and Sierra, 43-0. Lexi Webb pitched a perfect game against Sierra on Monday.
Manteca (1-1, 4-4) did manage to get a baserunner on Tuesday, getting a base hit from Bella Gonzales.
“Very proud of how the girls came out today ant competed,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “Oakdale is one of, if not the best team in this area and I thought our girls did not back down at all. Even in defeat I think we learned a lot about our team and this will help us going forward with some tough games down the road.”
The Mustangs are ranked No. 1 in the section, according to MaxPreps computer rankings, and No. 20 in the Cal-Hi Sports State Top 25.
Alyssa Harnden and the Manteca defense kept it scoreless through four innings. She hurled all seven innings, giving up 13 hits and a walk while striking out five. Webb fired 14 strikeouts and helped herself with a home run.
Ripon Christian 10, Le Grand 2
RIPON — Ariel Vander Woude highlighted the Knights’ six-run second inning with a bases-clearing double in the Southern Athletic League tilt.
Morgan Van Elderen added two hits and three RBIs, while Liz Thomas plated three runs. Madison DeGraaf had two runs and two hits including a double. She was also in the pitcher’s circle for Ripon Christian (3-1, 7-3), scattering four hits with six strikeouts.
Lathrop 3, Los Banos 0
LOS BANOS — The Spartans (7-0, 17-0) throttled Los Banos 25-7, 25-11, 25-14 as it nears the third round of the Western Athletic Conference schedule. They’ll host Manteca Unified rival Sierra in a non-league matchup Thursday.
Gabriel Gutierrez served eight aces and led the defense with 14 digs while swatting 11 kills. Tyler Riggleman added 12 kills and 11 digs. R.J. Carmesis had 33 assists. Adrian Corona (five kills, two aces) and Jaden Vuong (two kills, two aces) were other key contributors.
Manteca 9, Tokay 4
LODI — Karson Condit clobbered three doubles and scored three runs, finishing 4 for 4 at Zupo Field as the Buffaloes carry a 10-0 record into VOL play.
Quino Gurrola and Amrit Gurrola were each 2 for 4. Dehal was also the winning pitcher, striking out five over 4 1/3 innings.
Lathrop 2, Los Banos 0
LOS BANOS — Lathrop (5-0 WAC, 7-1 overall) avoided a third set in the 25-10, 25-21 win.
Arman John led the charge with nine kills, three aces and seven digs. Christopher Millan registered four kills and two blocks. Tory Sumbler tallied 14 assists, two aces and two digs.