Manteca High’s baseball team nearly had a perfect start to its 2013 season Friday.
Returning lefty Jeremy Vaughn struck out eight in four perfect innings, and the Buffaloes rolled to a 10-0 mercy-shortened victory over visiting Chavez of Stockton.
Perry Reeder broke up Manteca’s bid for a combined perfect game with a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Buffalo reliever Nathan Chivello went on to strike out the next three in order.
In the bottom half of the fifth the plated five runs on five hits and were aided by Chavez errors. Buddy Reeder went 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI. Dominic Pisano finished 2 for 3, and cleanup hitter Jacob Corn drove in two and plated a run while doling out a double in the clinching fifth frame.
East Union 8, Stagg 3
Jillian Costa, Jordan Vinson and Taylor Ward scored two runs apiece and Cherish Burks highlighted a five-run second inning for the Lancers.
Costa went 3 for 3.
Michelle Castro earned the win, giving up three runs in four innings. She also had two hits, including a double.
However, it was Burks’ knock that set the tone. The sophomore outfielder belted a ball to the wall for a two-out, two-run double.
Weston Ranch 15, McNair 1
The Cougars manufactured seven runs in the first inning to take control early and cruised from there.
Naomi Thurman highlighted the barrage with a home run and three RBIs. Vanessa Contreras (RBI, triple) and Mia Thurman (RBI, double) each belted a pair of hits.
Manteca 4, Ripon 0
Sammie Morris scored twice and assisted Sialei Manuleleua goal in Manteca’s rout of the visiting Indians Friday night.
Chenayi Tavaziva jump started the Buffaloes with the first goal. Leah Manuleleua and Jasmine Odell each contributed with an assist.
Pacheco 2, Lathrop 1
Stephanie Maduli accounted for the Spartans’ lone goal, and Edna Magana recorded four saves in Gabe Padilla’s debut as Lathrop head coach.
Manteca 22, Chavez 1
Three pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and Ricky Flores plated three runs for Manteca, which received considerable help from Chavez. The Buffaloes drew 19 walks and scored 15 runs in the first inning.
Manteca Bulletin managing editor James Burns contributed to this report.