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Halleck makes Salida pay with game-winning knock

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Halleck makes Salida pay with game-winning knock

A's starting pitcher Colton Tarp was masterful against the Salida Giants, going six innings and holding the Giants to one run in their come-from-behind win Tuesday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin/


POSTED June 23, 2010 3:24 a.m.
LATRHOP – When the Salida Giants decided to walk No. 3 hitter Jacob Souza to load the bases in the seventh inning, Spreckles Park A’s clean-up hitter Stephen Halleck cashed in, driving a pitch to right field to clear the bases and usher the A’s to a 4-1 extra-inning win in District 67 Tournament of Champions major-division action Tuesday.

Souza, who had already driven a pitch off the wall and had came around to score after being walked in the fourth, was awarded the free pass, transferring the pressure over to Halleck. Halleck worked the count full and jumped all over the payoff pitch, scoring Joey Parapotto, Joshua LeLaurin and Souza from first.

The hit gave the A’s a comfortable lead and Halleck finished the deal, coming on to pitch the seventh and sitting the Giants down in order.

The A’s responded after falling behind, 1-0. The Giants pushed across a run in the bottom of the second, when Tyler Vandemark lined a pitch back up the box for the game’s first RBI. The A’s answered in the fourth, when Souza reached on a walk, stole second, swiped third and made a great read on a passed ball to plate the A’s first run.

The game stayed knotted in a 1-1 tie through regulation and then the A’s got things going in the seventh. Parapotto opened up the bonus inning with a leadoff double off the centerfield fence, instantly getting the A’s in scoring position. The A’s would get another runner on before the Giants decided to give Souza first, laying the foundation for Halleck’s heroics.

A’s starter Colton Tarp tossed six innings of solid baseball, giving the A’s an opportunity to come back and steal one late. Tarp also drew a pair of walks in the contest. He also worked himself out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, getting a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to force the game into extra-innings.
The A’s will try and continue to move in a positive direction when they meet up with Manteca foe Northgate Little League in a matchup Friday.

Northgate Astros 12, Mountain House
Rockies 0
LATHROP — It was all Astros in this one-sided victory, as the Northgate champions pushed across eight runs in their final at bat to blow past the Rockies, setting up a meeting with the Spreckles Park A’s on Friday.

Jordan Eakes paced the Astros with three runs scored, while both Trevor Braun and Danny Marques scored twice.

The two clubs are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch at Mossdale Park in Lathrop.

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