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Carrillo holds A’s to four hits, fans seven

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A's shortstop Mike Lafflin watches the ball bounce into his mitt on a routine grounder.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED June 24, 2010 2:36 a.m.
Batterymates Zac Carrillo and Jake Pruitt did much of the damage for the Cardinals Wednesday at East Union High’s Agostini Field, as they spearheaded an 8-2 victory over the A’s in the Manteca Babe Ruth 13-15-year-old championship game.

Carrillo threw all seven innings, using 109 pitches to strike out seven while walking three in a four-hitter. One of the A’s runs was unearned.

Pruitt was rock solid behind the plate and didn’t let any pitches get by him. He was also the team’s top offensive producer, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs.

After Carrillo (1 for 2, two runs) drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice in the opening frame, Pruitt, batting cleanup, knocked him in with a triple to deep left. Pruitt struck again in the second with a two-run single to shallow left, and Carrillo capped the rally by scoring on a wild pitch to stretch the Cardinals’ early lead to 5-0.

A’s pitcher Justin Ontiveros held the Cards to just six hits over the first five innings, but four of them went for extra bases.

Nick Lucchetti sparked the Cardinals’ second-inning spurt with a two-out double before getting driven in by Pruitt.

Mark Crain (2 for 3) led off the third with a double and was sent home on Blake Settlemoir’s sacrifice fly to center field for a 6-0 Cardinal lead. And in the fourth, Joseph Collett (three runs) crushed a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals finished with nine knocks but also took advantage of four hit batsmen, four walks and four errors.

The A’s plated both of their runs in the fourth to close in, 6-2. Hunter Petersen opened the frame with a base hit, and Chuck Good followed with a walk. Petersen ended up scoring on a throwing error, while Nate Thomas scored Good with a groundout.

Manteca Babe Ruth will now prepare for the District 1 Central California State Qualifier Tournament. The 14-year-old all-stars begin action July 2 against Lodi in Hollister, while the 15-year-old squad opens with Ripon July 1 in Lodi.
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