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MBC falls short of Mattingly World Series

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MBC falls short of Mattingly World Series

The Manteca Baseball Club 17-under team is comprised of: (top row, from left) coach Eric Texeira, John Waggy, Jacob Stewart, Brandon Taylor, Brock Swift, Kenny Bergman, Dakota Conners, Bret Wilson,...

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POSTED July 21, 2011 12:27 a.m.

Manteca Baseball Club’s run toward a Mattingly World Series berth ended Wednesday at Beyer High in Modesto, but it was an impressive run nonetheless.

The 17-under team made up of nine Mantecans, two Linden residents and one Tracyite overcame many disadvantages just to have a shot at representing the region in Tempe, Ariz. next week.

The champions of the Mattingly Valley League took on Bay Area League titlist EJ Sports of San Ramon Valley Tuesday and Wednesday. EJ Sports opened the best-of-three series with a 5-4, eight-inning win Tuesday at Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon. On Wednesday, pitching depth became an issue for MBC, which dropped a 9-0 decision in Game 2.

“We’re real proud just to make it this far,” said MBC coach Greg Wilson. “Here we are with a 12-man roster facing elite club teams that carry 22 players, and some of them have up to seven kids who do nothing but pitch. We played seven games in seven days, so we ran out of arms.”

The wood-bats Mattingly Valley League is a member of the American Amateur Baseball Congress, the largest amateur baseball organization in the nation. The Valley League consists of high school squads out of the Stockton area.

The league’s lone Manteca-based team mounted a thrilling comeback in the tournament’s championship game, but first it had to come back from its 3-1 first-round loss to Lincoln Baseball Club of Stockton.

Manteca Baseball Club played its way through the consolation bracket and beat both St. Mary’s and Lincoln this past Sunday at Stagg High for the championship.

In the tournament rematch with Lincoln, MBC rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh. Jacob Souza, the youngest player on the team, sparked the two-out comeback with a ground-rule double. Brock Swift later drew a bases-loaded walk to tie it, and Kenny Bergman drove in the winning run.

Manteca Baseball Club finished 11-3 in the Valley League and will next compete in the Velocity Baseball Ultimate Wood Bat Super Regional at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton July 28-31.

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