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SWEET WIN FOR SPRECKELS

Giants win TOC banner with win over Northgate

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SWEET WIN FOR SPRECKELS

Kainoa Ontai of the Spreckels Park Giants was perfect through three innings and struck out eight Saturday against the Northgate Cubs in a 13-3 four-inning mercy rule win for the Giants in the champ...

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POSTED June 26, 2017 1:15 a.m.

TRACY – With Alex Gatty on third Kyle Bagley dropped down a bunt Saturday and Gatty came home on the throw to first for the walk-off run that gave the Spreckels Park Giants the championship banner for the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions with a 13-3 four-inning mercy rule win over the Northgate Cubs at Legacy Fields.   

 “This was a special team,” Spreckels Park coach Jason Cook said. “They have all been special in a way but this team has fought all year. They were expected to do great things and they lived up to that.

“This is a team of 11 players, and there was not a game where 11 players did not contribute. This was a 100-percent team effort, team win, team season.”

Kainoa Ontai had a big game on the mound and at the plate for Giants. Ontai was perfect through three innings, striking out eight through the four innings including three in a row in the third while allowing just one hit and walking two.

Ontai’s two-RBI triple and two-RBI double were part of a nine-run second inning for Spreckels Park. He finished 3 for 3 with five RBI, a triple and a double. 

Gatty and Fred Taylor each had an RBI single in the ninth for the Giants while Bagley (2 for 3, double, three RBI) had a two-RBI double in the frame and Sante Duarte plated Ontai on a fielder’s choice. 

In the first inning Ontai singled and Zac Cook and Duarte both walked with all three working their way around to score on wild pitches.

Anthony Garcia took away Ontai’s perfect game in the fourth with a leadoff walk. A fielder’s choice by Ivan Alvarez got him to second and he took third on a wild pitch. Ivan Vieira singled in Garcia to make the score 12-1.

Alvarez scored on a fielder’s choice by Carson Sanders and Vieira came in on an error, drawing the Cubs within12-3. 

With runners on first and third and two outs Ontai induced a strikeout to end the threat, setting up the Bagley-Gatty combination in the bottom of the inning for the win. 

 

Minors

Spreckels Park Orioles 9, 

Weston Ranch Yankees 0 (F)

The Orioles had battled back to lead the Yankees 12-9 in the top of the seventh inning Saturday when the three Weston Ranch coaches were ejected for arguing a call and they pulled their team off the field, resulting in a forfeit that yielded the championship banner to Spreckels Park at Brock Elliott School. 

Gage Pfeifer (2 for 4, two RBI, double) busted the game open in the top of the seventh for the Orioles before the melee ensued, hitting a two-RBI double. Wyatt Bauer was 3 for 4 with a run, A.J. Chapman was 2 for 3 and scored twice and Jackson Fay (two runs) Maddox Morales were both 1 for 3.

Wyatt Bauer pitched 3.1 innings for Spreckels Park and struck out nine, giving up two base hits. Jackson Fay gave up just two hits, throwing 2.1 innings and striking out three. Jayson Arnoldus caught the entire game.

“This season was a great season for the O’s,” Orioles coach Chris Bauer said. The boys played an amazing TOC tournament finishing our season 26-1. These boys worked hard all season long and every player contributed to this phenomenal season.

“My staff and I would go to battle with kids any day. They have huge heart, never quit and left it all on the field today.”

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