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ROUNDUP: Manteca softball routs Ripon, moves to 8-0
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Another day, another double-digit win for the Manteca softball team.

The Buffaloes trampled host Ripon 15-5 on Wednesday behind Elon James’ five RBIs. They tacked on four runs in the top of the fifth inning to enforce the mercy rule. Manteca improved to 8-0 and have won every game by at least 10 runs, the latest coming against the still-reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Indians (4-2).

James finished 3 for 5 with three runs, a double and a homer. The Buffs totaled 15 hits, getting two each from Ariana Lowery (2 for 5, two runs, RBI), Baylee Willenbrink (2 for 4, run), Grace Rosas (2 for 3, run, three RBIs) and Rayana Ladd (2 for 2, run, RBI). Peyton Faias drove in a pair of runs.

Nayellys Torres was the winning pitcher, logging four innings while giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks. She also rung up five strikeouts. Rosas threw the final inning.


Bear Creek 3, East Union 0

The Lancers (5-2) had a five-game winning streak snapped in Stockton.

Shelby Shanks held them without a hit through five innings until Brooke Grabowski blasted a one-out triple. Down 1-0 at the time, East Union could not get the tying run across as Shanks came through two of her nine strikeouts. Mackenzie Nervis, Kylee Gann and Kaitlynn Reyes each stroked a single in the seventh, but the Lancers could not take advantage of the one-out opportunity and left the bases full.

Bear Creek scored once in the first and two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from Gianna Galli and Lauren Asia.

Layla Molina pitched the complete game for East Union, finishing with 11 strikeouts in a four-hitter.



Ripon Christian 3, Hilmar 0

Joel Van Groningen came up two aces shy of a double-double, clobbering 14 kills in the Knights’ 25-10, 25-10, 25-11 non-league road win. Ripon Christian improved to 6-0.

Josiah Reif contributed eight kills and six aces. Griffin de Abreu chipped in five kills. Justin Hofman (three kills, two aces) distributed 11 assists, and Preston Zuidervaart had 14.

RC’s junior varsity team prevailed, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9.

Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 0

Christian Green produced 17 kills, eight aces and six digs to help Lathrop (4-0, 9-0 overall) roll to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-12 Western Athletic Conference win.

Arman John added nine kills and five digs. Tory Sumbler handed out 28 assists, and Diego Sanchez registered 15 digs. Jerico Santillan pitched in with three aces, two kills and six assists.



Downey 1, East Union 0 (8)

A dropped pop fly in foul-ball territory and a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning led to the heartbreaking loss for the visiting Lancers (4-5).

The defeat spoiled Zach Grabowski’s seven-inning gem. He was replaced by A.J. Vasquez before the eighth. Dylan Lee had East Union’s lone hit. Downey improved to 8-1.


Sonora 5, Weston Ranch 2 (9)

Visiting Sonora (2-3) ran away with the win after scoring three runs in the ninth inning.

Dustin Tinsley struck out seven over six innings for Weston Ranch (4-7), and it was his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh that forced extra innings. He knocked in Andrew Montano, who was followed by Christian Cortes’ walk and Namir Brown-Sanger’s sac bunt.

Ayden Tinsley plated the Cougars’ first tying run in the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch.


Manteca 11, Summerville 1 (6)

The Buffaloes (4-4) walked it off with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Islanders Field.

Zach Todd was the winning pitcher in a combined two-hitter, striking out seven and walking one. Landan Chamberlain and Johnpaul Campos threw an inning apiece.

Chamberlain also led the assault with three RBIs. Carson Smith and Todd each roped a double, while Lucas Krenz tagged a triple.



Lathrop 299, West 340

John Wall Jr. was low medalist in the non-league match at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday. He carded a 51.

Freshman Jayden Wall followed with a 53. Kevin Rodriguez (62), Christopher Subia (66) and Matthew Hammond (67) also factored into the scoring for Lathrop. Chris Voss led West with a 64.


JV boys volleyball

Lathrop 2, Grace Davis. 0

Lathrop swept, 25-7, 25-12.

Charles Reyes amassed 15 assists and six aces. Alexander Vere had seven aces, three kills and six digs. Persius Fa’ali’i contributed five kills, Marco Palomares served six ace and Prayjit Singh added three blocks. Brandon Sanchez led the defense with nine digs.