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Alex Gouveia is welcomed by Manteca Giants teammates after clubbing a leadoff home run in the first inning of Monday’s District 67 Tournament of Champions semifinal matchup with the Spreckels Park ...


POSTED June 26, 2012 1:46 a.m.

Alex Gouveia set the tone with a leadoff homer, and Jacob Moon twirled a four-inning shutout in the Manteca Giants’ 10-0 mercy-shortened drubbing of the Spreckels Park Angels at Mossdale Landing Community Park Monday.

The win sends the Giants to the Little League District 67 Tournament of Champions major-division championship that starts today at 5:30. The Salida Rockies await after defeating Manteca in the winners-bracket semifinal on Saturday. Manteca will need to win tonight and the “if” game Wednesday to capture the district banner.

Moon, backed by an error-free defensive effort, struck out the side in order to start Monday’s losers-bracket semifinal. He went on to pitch a four-innign two-hitter that included nine strikeouts and two walks. Moon was also 2 for 3 on offense.

Spreckels Park No. 9 batter Elias Yousif broke up Moon’s no-hit bid in the third inning, and Craig Durao smashed a two-out double in the fourth.

In the bottom of the first, Spreckels Park starter Rafiel Diaz was ahead 1-2 in the count before Gouveia parked the first of three Giants home runs to left field. Kyle Rachels (2 for 3) hammered a ground-rule double and scored on a wild pitch for Manteca’s second run.

The Giants sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs on six hits in the second. Gerson Gomez (2 for 3, two runs) and Nathan Vaught both clubbed a solo homer, while Johnny Avila and Gouveia (2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs) each added a triple.

Diaz did well to weather the storm with a shutdown third inning, but Spreckels Park’s defense struggled in what would be the fourth and final inning.

With Dylann Heath now on the hill, the Angels had a chance to extend the ballgame down 7-0 with two on and two out. Three straight Giants batters — Logan Quan, Vaught, Avila — reached on errors that allowed the final three runs to cross and the mercy rule to come into play.

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