The Sonora Wildcat baseball team trounced Manteca 10-0 in five innings on Tuesday at Bev Barron Field.
The Wildcats bounced back with a strong effort after losing their first Valley Oak League game last Friday vs. Sierra.
Sonora is now 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the VOL while Manteca dropped to 6-5 and 1-2.
Wildcat lefty hurler Ryan Stevenson threw a complete game, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out nine to earn his sixth victory of the season against one loss.
Stevenson lowered his earned run average to 0.47. He has given up just two runs in 29 2/3 innings while striking out 49.
The junior has also thrown two straight complete-game shutouts.
With the Wildcats up 2-0 after two innings of play, Nolan Dambacher broke the game open with a two-run double to right field to make it 4-0.
In the fourth inning, the Cats put the game out of reach with five runs.
At one point in the inning, eight straight Wildcats reached base safely.
“We had some good at-bats tonight,” said Wildcat head coach Scott Johnson. “We had much better approaches at the plate than we did our last game (vs. Sierra). We were patient, got pitches to hit and we put the ball in play. We didn’t strike out as much as we have been.”
The Wildcats are in the same position they were last week.
Sonora drubbed Sierra 12-0 to open the VOL and then two days later Sierra came back and defeated the Wildcats.
On Thursday, Sonora will attempt another sweep at Manteca at 3:30 p.m.
“The coaches talked with the kids after the game tonight and we told them they need to come ready to play,” said Johnson. “It’s really huge that we sweep them. The VOL is so tight, that when you have the opportunity to sweep someone, you better seize that chance.”
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