Manteca High’s baseball team capped off a big week in Valley Oak League play, edging out visiting Kimball 4-3 thanks to a walk-off sacrifice fly by Dylan DePrater in the eighth inning.
The Jaguars (7-5 VOL, 7-7 overall) started off hot in league but has dropped four of their last five. Manteca (8-4), meanwhile, has won four in a row and vaulted toward the top of the standings where it’s is a game back of first-place Oakdale.
Zach Todd pitched all eight innings for the Buffaloes, striking out eight in a six-hitter. Offensively, Manteca was limited to just two hits, one from Lucas Krenz and the other from freshman Rex Watson. Watson also plated the winning run after the Buffs fell behind 3-1 in the top of the eighth.
Weston Ranch 12, Ripon Christian 2 (5)
The Cougars (3-9 VOL) stunned Ripon Christian (7-6, 8-6 overall) once again, this time needing only five innings for the win. They used an eight-run barrage in the third to lead 10-0.
Freshman pitcher Ayden Tinsley recorded his first high school win, striking out two while giving up two hits. He also belted a double and drove in a pair of runs.
Rogelio Ruvalcaba went 2 for 2 with three runs. Steven Bustamante finished 2 for 3 with a double, run and two RBIs. Andrew Montano was 2 for 4 with a run. Dustin Tinsley and Mi’Son Coilton each hit doubles.
Weston Ranch 4, Manteca 1
Angel Zapata set the tone for visiting Weston Ranch (4-1-1), scoring twice in the first eight minutes and finishing with a hat trick. Aaron Silva notched the other goal.
Contributing with assists were Mauro Valdez, Sergio Rayo and Dannick Hernandez. Goalkeeper Cesar Juarez collected three saves.
TRACK & FIELD
Johansen at Lathrop
The Spartans hosted their final Western Athletic Conference dual meet and had some record-setting performances in field events.
Obaid Masroor overcame the gusts at Bennie Gatto Field to win the pole vault with a 13-foot mark, a new school record. Sophomore Westley Reyes previously had the boys record at 11 feet, which he set earlier this season. Manreet Uppal set the girls pole vault record at 9-9.
In the boys triple jump, Ibukun Ladunni set the new standard with measurement of 42 feet, 4 inches. Isaac Ramos took the long jump (20-3) and also won the 100-meter dash.
Joey Sanchis was a triple winner (200, 400, 300 hurdles). J.R. Stevenson won the 110 hurdles and was the 300 hurdles runner-up. In the throws, Andrew Garcia claimed the discus throw while Kevin Ballesteros Paz won the shot. Aron Camacho (first, mile; second, 3,200) and Jesus Sanchez (first, 800; third, 3,200) led the distance runners.
Azul Maldonado paced the girls team with wins in the 100, 300 hurdles and triple jump along with a second in the high jump. Veronica Rodriguez ruled the distance events, winning the 800, mile and two-mile.
Saraya Chavez won long and high jumps and took second in the 400. Sofia Rivera won the 400 and took second in the 300 hurdles. Salamasina Faaliga tallied the top marks in the discus and shot put.