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Spotty defensive play doesnt hurt Manteca
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Manteca High’s softball team played a little longer than it should have in its 20-7 rout of Downey in Modesto Tuesday.

That at least gave the Buffaloes, who are now 4-0-1 in non-league play, a chance to let everyone record at least a hit.

But they were well ahead 14-1 after the visiting half of the third inning, but four errors in the bottom of the third and fifth allowed Downey (0-3) to plate six and avoid enforcement of the 10-run the mercy rule.

Manteca scored its final four runs in the seventh.

“We jumped out like we wanted to do, but we got sluggish in two innings,” first-year head coach Corey Navaro said. “We should have never gone past the fifth inning. That’s the hump we’re trying to get over.

“Overall, we did a good job, but we’re still trying to cut down the errors.”

Manteca more than made up for it on offense, smacking 20 hits.

Sophomore Brooke Mejorado powered the Buffaloes with her 4-for-4 effort that included five RBIs. Dallas Mould drove in four total runs with her two doubles, finishing 3 for 5.

Leadoff hitter Mariah Navarro was 3 for 4 with three runs, Ashley Gase was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Hailee Texeira went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.

Freshman Peyton Rose collected nine strikeouts in her complete-game start, scattering five hits. Four of the runs she gave up were earned.

After averaging 20 runs over their last three contests, Buffaloes expect to be better challenged in the Jackson Lions Club Dandelion Days Classic Friday and Saturday at Argonaut High.

Manteca starts with Rio Americano of Sacramento. The winner will likely face Bear River of Grass Valley, the four-time defending Division-IV champion in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

“That’s the team I want to play,” Navarro said. “Hopefully we can play Bear River and see how competitive we can be.”

Lathrop 9, Sacramento 4

Sophomore Alicia Erlandson tossed a three-hitter and struck out seven for host Lathrop, which improved to 2-3. She also went 1 for 2 at the plate with an RBI triple and two runs scored.

Jocelyn Castro belted a home run and had two RBIs while going 2 for 4. Janel Butler plated two runs and drove in another.

“Our team continues to improve every game, and while we are excited to get a win under our belt we still have a lot of work to do before league begins,” coach Christina Jones said.

Lathrop hosts Ripon today.