Matt Keydeniers' first no-hitter for the Johansen High baseball team was short and sweet.
The senior kept ahead of the hitters Wednesday as the Vikings (6-10, 2-2) notched a five-inning, 12-0 Modesto Metro Conference win over Modesto.
The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, which still gave Matt Glover time to slug two two-run homers.
Keydeniers struck out six.
Said Johansen coach Jim Davis, "He was ahead of practically every hitter, his fastball and change-up were working, and he did a great job throwing strikes and feeding our defense. ... We're hoping we can use this as a springboard, get back into the playoff hunt in the second half."
BEYER 16, DOWNEY 10, at Beyer — The Patriots and Knights swung away and slugged it out like boxers in the MMC game, and host Beyer used a big round — uh, inning — to register the decision.
"Every time they scored at the top of an inning, we came back," Beyer assistant coach Mitch Munthe said.
The Patriots (10-6, 4-0) scored five of their six runs in the bottom of the sixth with two out to erase a 10-9 deficit.
Kyle Barrett led off with a tying home run. The Knights (2-12-2, 0-4) then recorded two outs. But Joey Roy singled, stole two of his four bases to reach third and scored the go-ahead run on a Josh Young hit. A bases-loaded walk to Dillon Usiak made it 12-10, and Mason Ankeney hit a grand slam.
"They just kept coming back on us. Every time they had runners on, they capitalized," Munthe said. "We kept battling back. We had a lot of runs score with two outs."
Blake Barber homered and scored four runs for Beyer, which had 15 hits.
Hunter Schlander and Clay Welch each went 3 for 4 for Downey, which had 12 hits.
Beyer visits MMC co-leader Davis on Friday.
DAVIS 4, ENOCHS 0, at Davis — Ryan Stice struck out 13, including Enochs' first three hitters a total of 10 times, in leading the Spartans (14-2, 4-0 MMC) over the Eagles. He didn't walk a man.
"It's the most dominating pitching performance I've ever seen at the high school level," Davis coach Kevin Ruiz said.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, HILMAR 2, at Hilmar — Winning pitcher Hunter Adrian hit a two-run homer in the third to give the Raiders (11-4, 4-0 WAC) a 3-0 lead over the Yellowjackets (9-5, 2-2).
PATTERSON 5, LIVINGSTON 3, at Patterson — Down 3-2, the Tigers (2-2 WAC) scored three in the sixth in their win over the Wolves (1-3 WAC). Daniel Kifle scored the tying run on a double by Keith Yamamoto, and Yamamoto scored on Waylon Berrios' single.
MANTECA 9, CENTRAL VALLEY 0, at Manteca — Eric Watts' two-hit shutout led the Buffaloes (7-8-1, 1-2 Valley Oak League) over CV (6-9-1, 1-2).
Watts walked two and struck out 10. Kevin Allen had two doubles and three RBIs.
High School Softball
BUHACH COLONY 8, MERCED 3, at Merced — Diane Gallagher roped the first pitch into right-center field, and Buhach (11-7, 3-0 CCC) was on its way to a victory.
BC flooded the basepaths with seven hits and six walks. Brittany Jantz drove in two runs, and Cassie Kalapsa singled, drew three walks and scored twice. Sophomore Alex Molina threw a one-hitter and contributed a double and two RBIs.
Taylor Gross had Merced's (11-4-1, 1-1) only hit — a double to center in the third — and scored on Leslie Grissom's groundout. Molina buckled down, retiring 15 of her last 16 batters.
LOS BANOS 3, GOLDEN VALLEY 0, at Los Banos — Sierrah Garcia threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the Tigers (9-9, 2-1 CCC) past the Cougars (2-8, 0-2). Kiley Mendez doubled and tripled for Los Banos. Her double started a three-run rally in the first.
HUGHSON 8, MODESTO CHR. 1, at Modesto Christian — Jesse Sill had a two-run single and three RBIs for the Huskies (8-3-2, 4-0 TVL), who capitalized on four MC (3-1 TVL) errors. Ali Hoffman threw a four-hitter for the win.
ESCALON 2, RIVERBANK 1 (10 innings), at Escalon — With Casey Schmidig of the Cougars (8-6-1, 3-1 TVL) on second to start the 10th in accordance with the international tiebreaker rule, Corrie Dollarhide singled and Casey scored the winner on a passed ball. Dollarhide had three hits.
RIPON 7, RIPON CHR. 0, at Ripon — Kirsten Mortimer of the Indians (5-8, 1-3 TVL) mixed in a change with her dropball, keeping RC (1-4-1, 0-4) off balance and fanning seven in a two-hitter.
WATERFORD 11, DELHI 4, at Delhi — Kody Hampton's two-run double highlighted a seven-run fourth for the Wildcats that erased a 1-0 deficit.
High School Golf
HUGHSON 185, RIPON 190, at River Oaks — Daniel Cardoza of the Indians (4-5, 3-5 TVL) fired a 2-under-par 29, but Donnie Flora's 30 paced the Huskies (8-3, 5-3) to victory.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, ORESTIMBA 1, at Central Catholic — Devon Lapineas scored on a straight kick to break a 1-1 tie as the Raiders (9-4-1, 5-0 WAC) beat the Warriors (2-2-1). Stephanie Manseau had the other two goals. CC had 22 shots on goal, Orestimba seven.
Boys Track and Field
HUGHSON 88, RIPON 43, at Hughson — Matt Sedlmeyer led the Huskies with wins in the 100, 200 and long jump in the TVL opener.
Girls Track and Field
HUGHSON 99, RIPON 34, at Hughson — Junior Kacey Fisher of the Huskies won the 100 and 300 hurdles and triple jump and anchored the victorious 4x100 relay team.
The Merced Sun-Star contributed to this report.