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Indians dominate Knights softball
Ripons Myra Toledo tries to beat the throw to Ripon Christians Kelly Engel in a 14-1 nonleague win for the visiting Indians on Monday. - photo by GARY JENSEN/

RIPON – Ripon traveled across the street Monday and racked up 13 hits in a 14-1 five-inning thumping of host Ripon Christian in non-league softball action.

Lilly Mejia had the big bat for the Indians (2-0), going 3 for 4 with six RBI and a triple. Sierra Silva (2-2, two runs), Shay Furtado (2 for 3, two walks, two runs) and Sydney Thomason (3 for 4, three runs, RBI) rounded out the Ripon attack. Makenna Daley laid down three sacrifice bunts for the Indians. 

Lillian Dillard threw the first four innings for the Indians, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine. Aracelli Gonzales came on in the fifth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief. 

Elizabeth Thomas had an RBI double for the Knights (0-1). 

Manteca 3,

Cosumnes Oaks

of Elk Grove 1

ELK GROVE – Good hustle and great defense gave the Buffaloes (5-1) the road win.

Two of Manteca’s runs came off the bat of Alannah Harnden. Twice Harnden legged out infield singles with runners on second, first with Kayla Ching and then with Azucena Mendiola. Ching and Mendiola both sailed around third on the throws to first and made it home safely. Kaylee MacDannald scored the other Buffaloes run on a sacrifice fly by Koryn Menasco. 

Menasco went the distance in the circle, allowing one run on three hits while walking four and striking out two.

“Our defense played well,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We have been winning games with lots of runs and it was nice to win a game like this.

Millennium of Tracy 23, Lathrop 6

TRACY – Sam Sales doubled and scored two runs for the Spartans (1-2) 

Karina Lopez added two runs for Lathrop with Isabel Terra and Joselyn Hurtado each adding one run. 


Los Banos 1, Manteca 1 (8)

The host Buffaloes (0-3-1) scored in the sixth on a Christian Cruz RBI to tie the game and it ended in a tie due to darkness. 

Ryan Ward went the first five innings for Manteca on the mound, yielding one run on one hit and striking out nine. Gino Campiotti pitched three innings of no-hit ball in relief, walking two and striking out five. 

Landon Ramos knocked in the lone run for the Tigers on a two-out single in the fifth inning. (1-1-1)

“That was a really good baseball game,” Buffaloes coach Neil MacDannald said. “All 4 pitchers competed.  It’s kind of game you expect with guys like that on the mound.”

Ripon Christian 1,

Summerville 0 (8) 

Caleb Terpsma earned the game-winning RBI the hard way for the Indians (1-1-1), getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. 

Ripon Christian got two hits, with neither leaving the infield. 

“It was a pitching dual,” Knights coach John De Visser said. Both sides threw the ball really well and played great defense.”

Ian Vrieling threw the first six innings for Ripon Christian with Nolan Lingley and Willem Hoekstra each tossing one inning in relief. 


Manteca 16,

Los Banos 6 (5)

Rafael Diaz knocked in four runs for the Buffaloes (3-0) in a 10-hit, five-inning barrage. 

Diaz was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs. Nate Gutierrez (3 for 3,  two RBI, two runs) and Isaac Searcy (2 for 4, three RBI) rounded out the Manteca attack. 

Gutierrez picked up the win, going 4.2 innings with six earned runs, five strikeouts and a walk.


Hilmar 3, Lathrop 1

LATHROP – The Spartans (2-3) managed to win one set in a 21-25, 22-25, 28-26, 18-25 non-league loss. 

“We played hard in that third set,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “We had some mistakes late that we were able to overcome.

“We are a young team with only one senior and we are trying to learn to play together”

Tyler Riggleman had 14 kills, 13 digs and four blocks to pace the Spartans. Adrian Corona (five kills, 11 digs, five blocks), Gabriel Gutierrez (four kills), Ysrael Gutierrez (four kills), Rael Carmesis (19 assists) and Mark Fabian (26 digs) rounded out the Lathrop attack.

Los Banos 3, East Union 0 

The Lancers (0-3) were competitive in their 24-25, 19-25, 23-25 loss.

“It was really close,” East Union coach Chelsea Herrera said. “We played better as a team.

“We had some new personnel filling in and they are still learning our scheme.”

Agustine Castaneda (three aces) and Jonathan Castaneda (four digs) had eight kills apiece for the Lancers. Grant Silva added four blocks and three digs and Parmvir Khattra disched out 25 assists.