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Seventh inning collapse costs Lathrop first win
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In what looked like one of the best efforts in the Lathrop High baseball program’s history, the Riverbank Bruins decided to spoil the moment with three runs in the top of the seventh for a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the host Spartans Wednesday.

Lathrop was a mere three outs from its first victory of the season when the Bruins sparked an offensive rally to spoil the fun. Riverbank  opened the final frame with a double and scratched their first run a few batters later when Miguel Hernandez executed the squeeze to plate the tying run.

The Bruins were far from done, taking advantage of a couple of Lathrop walks, another base hit and an untimely balk call that spelled disaster.

“Our bats needed to come alive for us today and they didn’t,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “Their pitcher did a good of of keeping us off balance.”

Oscar Calix was phenomenal for the Spartans, going 6 1/3 and striking out seven before giving way to the bullpen. Nobody from the Spartans managed a multi-hit game, but Jared Weiler, Pablo Chavez, Alex Moreno, Kevin Howard and Gabriel Castellanos all collected a hit. Weiler drove in a run and Chavez came around to score.

The Spartans will be on the field Wednesday when they travel to Sacramento to take on Valley High.

Manteca 5, Central Valley 3

The Buffaloes were able to get back to their winning ways, beating former Valley Oak League foe Central Valley 5-3 Wednesday.

Kevin Peck went the distance for the Buffaloes, striking out six and failing to surrender an earned run. Peck only gave up one hit in the contest.

Manteca scored three in the second behind three Central Valley errors. The Buffaloes would add one in the second, fifth and closed it out with three in the sixth.

Danny Gouveia led the club with a 3-for-3 performance at the dish, while teammate Mike Matthews was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Gouveia drove in two in the win.

Manteca will play host to Cesar Chaves High of Stockton at 3:30 p.m.

Liberty Ranch 5, Weston Ranch 4

The Cougars were seemingly on their way to victory heading into the seventh inning with a two-run cushion, but Liberty Ranch would spoil those hopes with a three-run rally for a 5-4 win Wednesday.

“It was just heart breaking for us,” Cougars head coach Ron Uayman said. “The good thing about it was you could just see the kids’ desire. They played their hearts out tonight.

“It’s a tough loss, but it is good to see them showing potential.”

Anthony Nunez was solid on the mound for the Cougars, going five innings and leaving with lead. Nunez struck out 10 and helped his cause with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBI. Elias Venegas led the team by going 3-for-4.

Ripon Christian 5, Summerville 1

The Knights were able to post their first victory of the season behind an impressive effort from pitcher Kalvin Prins in a 5-1 win over Summerville.

Prins went the distance, striking out eight and scattering five hits. Prins gave up one earned run and assisted the cause by scoring a run, driving in a run and swiping a bag.

Colby DeVries was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Elijah English finished 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Both English and Wes Lown both came around to score a run for the Knights.

Ripon Christian will be back on the diamond at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to the Calaveras Redskins.