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MANTECA DOWN, NOT OUT

Tracy American belts 21 hits in second blowout

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MANTECA DOWN, NOT OUT

Manteca Little League infielder Tyler Graves-Kelso forces out Tracy American's Nick Medina at second base in the third inning before faking the throw to first.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 7, 2010 2:20 a.m.
SALIDA — Manteca Little League’s major-division team yielded only 13 runs and managed to play the complete six innings in its 13-0 loss to Tracy American Tuesday at Downtown Salida Ballpark.

Northgate fared much worse in the District 67 All-Star Tournament opener Saturday, losing 35-1 in four innings against Tracy American.

Manteca was in good shape at the midway point of Tuesday’s contest, trailing 3-0. Tracy American then batted around in the top of the fifth and sixth frames for the rest of its runs.

Chris Ramon (3 for 3, three runs, two doubles, two RBIs) ignited Tracy’s torrid six-run, eight-hit rally — all runs were plated with two outs — in the fifth with a run-scoring double. Jacob Alvarado (3 for 4, five RBIs, two runs), who was a triply shy of the cycle, later kept the barrage going with a three-run double.       
    
Jake Valaer, one of six pitchers Manteca used, came in to stop the bleeding, forcing a pop fly to right field.

Tracy American cranked out 21 hits by game’s end, and eight players contributed multiple knocks.

Manteca, meanwhile, was held to two hits. Tracy starter Robbie Ramirez threw the first four innings and struck out nine while giving up one walk and a hit.

Manteca No. 9 hitter Greg Jones broke up Ramirez’s streak of seven strikeouts and perfect-game bid with two outs in the third with a groundball single to right.

Bailey Mittman recorded Manteca’s other hit in the sixth frame off relief pitcher Nick Medina.

Tanner Peterson, who earlier turned in a double play to highlight an all-around solid defensive effort for Manteca, led off the inning by reaching on an error. But he and Mittman were left in scoring position as Medina fanned the final batter of the game with his fifth strikeout in two innings.

Manteca will try to stave off elimination in the consolation bracket today against Tracy National at 5 p.m.

Salida 11, Lathrop 0
SALIDA — Keenan Donatelli got on base with an infield single in the first inning and eventually made his way to third on a steal in the first inning, but that was as close as Lathrop could get to scoring a run.

Salida pitcher Roberto Flores didn’t allow anyone else to reach, striking out 10 in his dominant 3 2/3-inning effort. It took just two pitches for reliever Ryan Harbeck to post the final out of the contest in the bottom of the fourth.

Lathrop stayed within striking distance after three innings of play, trailing by just two runs. But Salida broke it open with nine runs on eight hits and an error in the fourth when Caleb Ernst drove in a pair with a home run to left.  

Dennis Fasano (two runs) and Jesse Ernst (RBI double, run) were both 2 for 3 for Salida. Tristan Spaulding had two RBI hits in the fourth inning alone, and Mike Mara contributed a two-run double.

Lathrop squares off with Spreckels Park tonight at 7:30, while Salida and Tracy American meet in the winners bracket semifinal Thursday.
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