Coming off its best win of the season, the Manteca High softball team managed to outdo itself Monday at Rainbow Fields in Modesto
The Buffaloes handed Central Catholic its first defeat, 3-2, leading wire-to-wire as the combined pitching efforts of Nayellys Torres and Mohrgen Kissee were enough to overcome the stellar Randi Roelling.
“Their pitcher is probably the best in the area, but I felt like our pitchers took it as a challenge,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “(Pitching) Coach (Stephanie) Pease called a great game and our two pitchers went out and executed.”
Roelling struck out 21 in a 2-0 win over Oakdale last Monday, April 26 and fanned 12 in a six-hitter against Manteca (4-5 VOL, 7-6 overall). She also walked four.
Torres, a freshman, pitched five steady innings, firing three strikeouts while giving up two runs on three hits and three walks. Noellany Ramirez and Roelling drove in the Raiders’ runs in the fourth after falling behind, 3-0. Central Catholic (7-1, 9-1) couldn’t muster another threat the rest of the way with Kissee giving up just one hit over the final two innings.
Ariana Lowery sparked Manteca from the top of the order, finishing 3 for 4 with a triple. The Buffs jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the top of the first and plated two more in the fourth. No. 9 hitter Kiana Briseno finished 2 for 3 with a run.
The Buffaloes begin the second half of their league schedule Wednesday at Kimball. They have improved since dropping its first four games of the season by a combined 33-10 score.
“Couldn’t be more proud of a team than I am right now,” Farris said. “To earn a victory against an undefeated Central team just shows how far this team has come.”
Mtn. House 17, Lathrop 13 (DH)
The Spartans’ bats gave themselves a chance to win Game 1 of their twin bill at home but could not overcome errors and walks.
Ariana Fuentes had their biggest moment with a three-run homer. She totaled five RBIs, doubled twice and finished 4 for 4.
Emma Grisham was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Alina Fuentes drove in three, going 2 for 5.
Mtn. House 18, Lathrop 4 (DH)
The Mustangs are in position to sweep this week as they host the finale on Wednesday following their dominant Game 2.
Ishmeet Uppal went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run for Lathrop. Madison Brown also hit 2 for 3, and Teaghen Sharifnejad was 1 for 2 with a run.
Ripon 177, Manteca 249
Jeremie Little led the Indians (5-3) with a 2-over-par 31 at Jack Tone Golf Course. Gage Anderson and Trent Vink were co-runners-up with 35s, and Jacob Baird checked in with a 36. Kenny Johnson rounded out Ripon’s tidy score with a 38.
Karson Condit topped Manteca scorers with a 37 and was followed by Zenon Garay’s 44, Reese George’s 54, Conner DePrater’s 55 and Ezeqkiel Segura’s 59.
Ripon heads to River Oak Golf Course to face Central Catholic on Wednesday seeking its fifth straight win, while the Buffaloes host Kimball at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Lathrop 3, Manteca 0
Arman John blasted 20 kills to go with two aces, and Rael Carmesis set 36 assists to help the Spartans (4-1) notch a masterful 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 sweep of previously undefeated Manteca (5-1).
Christian Green added 11 kills to the attack. Jerico Santillan chipped in six kills and two aces. Tory Sumbler anchored the back row with 22 digs.
Manteca 3, Weston Ranch 0
The Buffaloes held on to secure the 25-12, 25-22, 25-23 sweep in Stockton.
Karlie Spohn led the way with 13 kills and eight service points. Katelyn Gross (six kills), Camrenne Genilla (five kills, 13 service points, three aces) and Leilani Rios (five kills, two blocks) also produced for Manteca’s balanced front row. Arielle Chandler distributed 19 assists, and Abbey Kaddilak tallied eight points and five digs.
Ripon 3, East Union 1
The Indians celebrated Senior Night on their season opener, winning 25-16, 25-7, 25-27, 25-19.
They were spearheaded by middle Claire DeKruyf, setter Gaby Gutierrez, right-side hitter Zoe Barba and defensive specialist Macie McPeak — all seniors.
Ripon’s junior varsity also won, upending Sierra, 25-12, 25-15.
BOYS WATER POLO
Oakdale 20, Sierra 7
Zach Van Zwaluwenburg scored all seven goals for the Timberwolves on Friday in Valley Oak League action.
“Everyone battled against a strong Oakdale team,” Sierra coach David Breitenbucher said. “Quinten Banks and Joseph Rugama played well in the net.”
Kimball 15, Sierra 10
Van Zwaluwenburg scored eight goals for the Timberwolves in their season opener Friday, April 23.
“The boys played well for their first game of the season,” Breitenbucher said.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Oakdale 23, Sierra 5
Molly Fadeff scored four goals for the Timberwolves on Friday.
“Rebecca Thomson scored her first goal for Sierra water polo,” Breitenbucher said. “All the girls played well.
“Coach Corey and I were extremely proud of them.”
Lathrop vs. Patterson
The Spartans dropped all three matches that were played. Alfred Tolentino (2-6, 2-6), Kurto Valerio (3-6, 2-6) and Everett Spellman (2-6, 0-6) were swept.