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1940: Guisto homers twice in Buffaloes win
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Seventy years ago, on March 28, 1940, in a wild and wooly game that saw both nines score at will, the Manteca High hickory stickers finally came through with a close 12-11 win over their rivals from Tracy High. The lead changed hands several times at the outset of the game and both pitchers were hit unmercifully. “Frenchy” Guisto poked out a pair of four-ply swats besides gathering a triple and two singles for a perfect day at the plate. It was the only sporting event that came to a head over the past week. All other scheduled events were rained out.

In other sports news from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: April 3, 1930 - The Don Pedro League is no more. Said to be the oldest non-professional league in the United States, it has gone the route of hundreds of others. The league had come to be known as one of the strongest of its kind in the state. Finding themselves out in the cold, both the Manteca and Escalon clubs have decided to join the San Joaquin County League, having accepted berths in the circuit at a meeting in Stockton Monday night.

The Manteca Union High Buffaloes journeyed to Denair and won their second C.I.F. game of the season by defeating the Denair High boys in a tight game by the score of 3-0. Fred Theiler allowed only two hits in his seven innings of steady pitching and fanned five of his opponents. Ernie Theiler and Charley Percival each got two hits for Manteca.

Sunday afternoon, the Royal Giants, a team from Oakland, defeated the Manteca Maulers in a practice tilt on the local diamond by the score of 8-7. The Maulers got 14 hits to the Giants’ 11, but were unfortunate in making six errors, which accounted for four of the visitors’ runs.

60 years ago: April 6, 1950 - Behind the three-hit, one-run pitching of Jess Payan, Manteca High returned to the winning side of the book by defeating St. Mary’s High 7-1 on the Manteca diamond Tuesday afternoon. Payan fanned eight batters and walked only two. Bob Turk got two hits and Dick King scored twice for the Buffaloes.

The Manteca High track team lost to Ceres High by a 69-34 score last week. Charles Elmer won the mile in 5:16.3, Wally Shirk won the 880 in 2:17 and Bill Harris took first in the shot put at 39’5.5” for the only Buffalo firsts.

50 years ago: April 7, 1960 - Ken Wolf turned in his best times of the season in the 100 yard and 220 yard dashes last week, but Oakdale High romped to a 63-41 win over the Manteca High thin-clads. John Zimmerman of the Buffaloes was a double winner with a 15.9 in the high hurdles and a 21.3 in the lows.

Manteca High couldn’t hold a five-run lead and wound up losing a 10-9 ten-inning thriller to Edison High Tuesday afternoon in Stockton. The Buffaloes out-hit the Vikings 17 to 7, but wildness on the part of Buff hurlers was the difference. The Buffaloes’ hits included three home runs, one by Bob Teicheira and two by Wade Richards. Tim Brumley, Mike Estrada and Bob Jones led the Buffs at the plate with three hits apiece.

40 years ago: April 1, 1970 - In  carnival of scoring and mistakes, the Manteca High Buffaloes scrambled to a 9-8 win over Edison High in the Gallagher Easter Tournament during the vacation. Monty Buck, the winning Buffalo hurler, scattered six hits but suffered from poor support in the field as he allowed but two earned runs in going the route in a nine-inning effort. The win upped the Buffs’ pre-league mark to 3-4 as they ready for Valley Oak League action this week.
East Union High took home the third-place trophy in the Sonora tournament Tuesday by defeating Summerville High of Tuolumne by an 11-1 score, behind the pitching of Jerry Nixon. Chuck Dimas and Steve Reynolds led the Lancers at the plate with two hits apiece in three trips to the plate. Both players also collected two RBI apiece.

30 years ago: March 31, 1980 - East Union High’s Lady Lancers came out on the short end of the stick Friday afternoon, losing to the Linden High ladies by a score of 4-3 in non-league softball action at Linden.

A crucial throwing error in the bottom of the fifth inning paved the way for Lincoln High to score four times and grab a 6-2 victory over Manteca High yesterday in an opening-round battle in the 17th annual Gus Gallagher Tournament at Stockton’s Billy Hebert Field. Todd Hardcstle and Darren Swift scored the only Buffalo runs in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Robbie Steves and Frank Triglia’s base hit.

Eric Davis and Bill Corder tied for medallist honors to pace Manteca High to a 203-234 golf victory over Los Banos High last Friday at the Manteca Park course. The Buffalo linksters shot 40’s to lead Coach Steve Winter’s crew.

It took eight innings to do it, but East Union High finally broke into the win column by defeating LeGrand High 7-6 in the Orestimba Easter Tournament in Newman last night. Scott Simpson scored on Tony Martin’s squeeze bunt. Troy Vickerman scattered five hits and struck out 11 to earn EU’s first mound win of the year. Coach Doug Smith’s team is now 1-10 on the season.