MANTECA — Cory Hardesty lined a two-run single to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday, driving in what proved to be the winning runs as East Union topped rival Manteca 3-2 in their Valley Oak League opener.
Manteca (4-7-1, 0-1 VOL) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, and No. 3 hitter Toby Fox hit a sharp line drive down the first-base line. But first baseman Kurt Johnson snared the ball in mid-air for the Lancers (3-2, 1-0), stepping on the bag for the double play and the win.
OAKDALE 9, CERES 0, at Oakdale — Justin Jones allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in five innings as the Mustangs (1-0 VOL) beat the Bulldogs (2-6, 0-1). Oakdale, The Bee's No. 2-ranked large school, got a big game from leadoff man Kevin Coffee, who was 3 for 4, stole a base and scored twice. Dante Major homered and drove in two runs as the Mustangs led 5-2 after two.
CENTRAL VALLEY 2, SONORA 1, at Ceres — William Mestas of the Hawks (5-4, 1-0 VOL) reached on an error in the bottom of the seventh, was balked to second, stole third and scored the winning run on a wild throw to third to beat the Wildcats (6-4, 0-1).
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Hawks ace Martin Gomez scattered seven hits, striking out nine and walking one. Sonora's Christian Grossi and Manuel Espino combined on a two-hitter.
SIERRA 12, WESTON RANCH 2, at Stockton — Andrew Gabriel went the distance, striking out 11 and walking only three, as the No. 5 large-school Timberwolves scored in every inning but one to open the VOL with a rout of the Cougars. Sierra led 5-0 after two innings, then a five-run fourth ended any remaining doubt.
Sierra's Jordan Ribota and Mike Garcia tripled in runs and led an 11-hit attack, while the Timberwolves played near-flawless defense, making just one error and turning some sharp plays in the field.
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DAVIS 13, DOWNEY 7, at Downey — Jake Sisco's RBI double started the scoring in a six-run seventh inning that blew open a close game and propelled the Spartans (8-2, 2-0) over the Knights (0-8-2, 0-2).
WATERFORD 4, TURLOCK CHR. 3 (9), at Turlock Christian — Isaiah O'Campo of the Wildcats (1-1) led off ninth with a walk. With the Eagles' Eli Davis (6-2, 1-1) on the mound, O'Campo went around the bases on three strike-three passed balls.
Davis had made it 3-3 with a homer to left in the seventh.
In the ninth inning Davis came up with two outs with nobody on. Last season Waterford coach Steve Marks chose to walk him in a similar situation — this time pitcher Matt Pizano got the slugger on a groundout back to the mound to end the game.
Waterford ended a five-game losing streak.
"It's a huge win. It will probably turn our season around." Marks said.
DENAIR 4, DELHI 1, at Denair — Garrett Soares connected on two-run single to right-center to give Denair 2-1 lead in the third as the Coyotes (5-1, 2-0) defeated the Hawks (0-1).