One month after naming Manteca High its Division III Baseball Team of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports has recognized three Buffaloes as individuals.
Pitchers Jacob Corn and Lucas Vaughn are joined by catcher Buddy Reeder on the Cal-Hi Sports Medium Schools Team. They are among six area standouts to earn all-state honors.
Getting the highest honor is four-time Manteca Bulletin All-Area Softball MVP Allie Walljasper, who made the All-State Second Team and Medium Schools First Team. Fellow Sierra graduate Jake Pruitt made the Medium Schools Second Team for baseball, while East Union junior Cherish Burks is highlighted on the All-State Softball Underclass Team.
Corn and Vaughn are two of nine pitchers to make the Medium Schools First Team. With Reeder calling the shots behind the plate, the trio helped lead Manteca to its first Valley Oak League championship in 29 years and first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section title.
Corn, a heralded lefty headed to the University of Oregon, went 8-2 with a 1.13 ERA to go with 103 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings en route to earning All-Area MVP status for a second straight year. Vaughn owned the state’s second best record at 12-0, held a 1.11 ERA and struck out 70 in 63 innings. Reeder was the Buffaloes’ best offensive player (.426 average) and had the most hits in the area with 40.
Pruitt is the reigning VOL and All-Area Offensive Player of the Year after producing an impressive .438/.596./.796 triple-slash line, four home runs and 34 RBIs.
Walljasper, who is already taking summer courses at LSU, sported a 14-6 record and 1.04 ERA while racking up 229 strikeouts for Sierra. She anchored the Timberwolves’ third-place record in the SJS Division IV playoffs after helping them garner section banners as a freshman and junior.
Burks put up gaudy numbers in leading East Union to a VOL title and a section finals appearance. The Oregon commit hit for a .533/.615/.855 line while accumulating 16 extra-base hits, 48 hits, 43 runs and 26 steals.