Sonora High School could not cash in on a strong pitching performance by Josh Townsend, and lost 5-2 to Manteca on Friday in Valley Oak League baseball action at Bev Barron Field.
Townsend, a senior right-hander, gave up only one walk and two runs in five innings, but was saddled with a hard-luck loss. Manteca broke the game open with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Sonora (5-6, 0-2 VOL) scored in the fourth on a single by Mitch Smith and in the seventh on a single by Mike Taylor. Smith drove in Casey Ramback, who had singled, and Taylor knocked in Greg Pappas, who also had singled.
The Wildcats struck out only four times against Manteca pitcher Randy Sprinkle, but couldn't put together a big inning.
"The guys are making contact ... we're just not hitting the ball in the holes," Sonora coach Mike Silva said. "But it will come."
Manteca (6-4, 1-0) got a double and single apiece from Lou Varni and Sprinkle, and two singles from Steven Aschenbrenner.
Sonora has two tough games this week, Wednesday at home against first-place East Union of Manteca (9-1, 2-0), and Friday in Manteca against Sierra (6-6, 1-1). East Union beat Sierra 4-3 in nine innings Friday.
Sophomores Sonora (7-2, 2-0) routed Manteca 14-4 at the Sonora Dome, ending the game in five innings on the 10-run-lead rule. Ryan Roberson went 2-for-5 with a home run and five runs batted in, Derek Scholl 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Lucas Hoffman 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Seldon 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Roberson and Tyler Doig combined to pitch a six-hitter.
Freshmen John Canepa tripled twice, scored twice and drove home two runs for Sonora (7-5, 2-0) in an 8-4 victory over East Union of Manteca. Mario Torres singled, doubled, scored twice and had two RBIs, while Jacob Klein did the pitching.