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Niford powers MASL Scorpians with hat trick
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Cody Niford’s hat trick and a second-half shutout by goalkeeper Haley Jackson were enough for the Scoprians to beat the Marines 5-2 in under-10 boys action during opening weekend of the Manteca Area Soccer League spring season Sunday.

Ceaser Patino was also in on the fun, scoring twice and assisting one of Niford’s goals. Andy Cadis also turned in an assist. Joseph Smoley, Arthur Cordova, Craig Miramontes and Devon Burch were the Scorpians’ top defenders, and the team got strong midfield support from Shaun Sellner and Gerardo Navarro.

Under-10 girls
Flames 4, Blue Angels 0
Kendall Wackerly scored twice and assisted a goal in the season-opening game Saturday. Jaquelin Galvan and Salma Hamza each turned in a score for the Flames.

Jocelyn Morgan was credited with the shutout at goal and was aided by fullbacks Taylor Reed, Briana Estrada and Natalie Liniz. Sarah Cohen, Julie Ferreber and Harnoor Dhaliwal controlled the midfield.

NorCal Premier
MFC Flames 8, San Juan Spirit 0
The under-10 girls squad opened the spring season with a bang and was led by Alexis Vilarino’s hat trick. Dayana Hernandez added two goals. Selena Alvarez, Lejla Pepic and Jocelyn Reyes each chipped in one.

Andrea Eusebio, Maddie Cuculich, Nathalie Munguia, Daisy Galindo and Faith Chavez helped secure the shutout from the midfield and defense.

Northgate minors
Dodgers 9, Red Sox 1
Ryan Zavala cruised in his five-inning start and was given plenty of offensive support by Matthew Pilkan (two doubles, two RBIs) and Spencer Brammel (two RBIs) in Saturday’s win for the Dodgers.

Tyler Slaughter rapped out two hits and drove in the Red Sox’s lone run in the second inning.

Bisons 10, Ports 0
A five-run barrage in the fourth inning helped the Bisons take the first of the two-game set last Thursday.

Tyler Kiser went 3 for 3 with two runs. Kenny Havens and Hailey Sims each had two hits and two RBIs.

Ports 18, Bisons 8
The two teams battled to a split, as the Ports took advantage of poor defensively play Saturday to mount an early 8-1 lead. The Bisons battled back in the top of the fourth to make it 8-6 but gave up 10 runs over the final three frames.

Kiser went 3 for 3 with three runs and a solo homer. Pili Hines drove in three with his own homer and finished 2 for 2. Havens was also 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Spreckels Park majors
Blue Jays 4, A’s 3
The Blue Jays notched their first win of the season at the expense of the A’s last Thursday.

Josh LeLaurin and Stephen Halleck combined for 10 strikeouts from the hill but also scattered six hits while issuing five walks.

Blake Gainous was 3 for 3 with a double for the A’s, and Jimmy Galindo recorded an RBI.

A’s 5, White Sox 0
The A’s bounced back from a disappointing loss Saturday with a shutout victory behind a dominating pitching performance from Jacob Souza.

Souza more than made up for four walks, as she struck out 16 in five-plus innings of work. Steven Rios got the final two outs on just two pitches to preserve the combined no-hitter.

Souza helped his own cause with a 3-for-3 effort from the plate with two runs. Francisco Salsedo, Gainous and Galindo each chipped in RBIs.

— Jonamar Jacinto