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Manteca cruises into District 67 TOC finals

Shorthanded Giants riding 5-game win streak

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Manteca cruises into District 67 TOC finals

Manteca Giant Jacob de Jesus beats the throw to Weston Ranch second baseman Jon Cook in the loser’s bracket semifinal of the District 67 Tournament of Champions Friday.


POSTED June 23, 2012 1:29 a.m.

Manteca Little League’s minor Giants are on their way to the final round of the District 67 Tournament of Champions after beating the Weston Ranch Dodgers 10-4 Friday at Brock Elliot School.

The Giants won four straight to get to Friday’s consolation semifinal following their first-round loss to Tracy National last Saturday, June 16. That they did so without a few of their top players, who are on vacation, makes the run even more impressive.

Isaac Seorey pitched four strong innings for the win, giving up three hits, two walks while striking out six. All four of the runs given up by Giants pitchers were unearned. Weston Ranch, down nine runs going into the sixth, was aided by three errors for its final three runs of the contest. Adrian Paez threw the final two innings for Manteca.

It was otherwise a solidly-played game all-around for the Giants, who provided their starting hurler with offensive firepower and good defense. They scored four in the bottom of the first, with leadoff hitter Jacob de Jesus sparking the rally with a double to right. Diego Arroyo’s RBI triple was the big knock of the inning.

Adrian Paez knocked in two more in the third with a no-out single to left for a 6-0 cushion. Weston Ranch, meanwhile, left four runners on base — all in scoring position — during that stretch. Seorey did well to get out of those threats by striking out the final two batters in each of the first three innings.

The Dodgers struck in the fourth inning when Ricky Bailey drove a double to left and was driven in by Rogelio Ruvalcalba’s fielder’s choice. Manteca answered with four in the bottom half with River Weahunt highlighting the onslaught with a two-run double to deep left-center field.

The Giants were held to just four hits but took advantage of eight walks and three hit batters. Weston Ranch finished with five hits.

The championship round begins today at 10 a.m. A Manteca win sets up an all-or-nothing finale Sunday starting at noon.

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