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Manteca 11s, Northgate minors open all-star tourneys with two wins

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Manteca 11s, Northgate minors open all-star tourneys with two wins

Zach White clubs a first-pitch homer for Northgate Little League’s minor-division all-stars in Mountain House this past weekend.

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POSTED July 3, 2012 1:51 a.m.

The Manteca Little League 11-year-old all-stars began their District 67 Tournament run with a dominating 19-2 win over crosstown rival Spreckels Park at Paul Weston Park in Stockton Saturday. They went on to edge tourney host Weston Ranch 4-3 to set up a date with Salida in the winners-bracket semifinal.

Most of the players were a part of last year’s District 67 all-star championship squad in the 9-10 division. They were the runners-up in the California Section 3 Tournament.

Ryan Ward rung up nine strikeouts and scattered five hits in Manteca’s blowout of Spreckels Park. Dylan Gross drove in five runs in a 3-for-4 effort. Zach Chamberlain added three RBIs and finished 3 for 3. Johnny Avila contributed with the defensive play of the game, a diving catch to rob Logan Wilson of a base hit.

Chamberlain came through from the mound in the Weston Ranch game. He entered the fifth nursing a 4-2 lead and pitched a perfect sixth, which included two strikeouts, for the save. Jacob Moon pitched four innings for the win.

Gross doubled and plated the go-ahead run in the fifth inning on a Weston Ranch error. Manteca took advantage of the opposition’s mistakes throughout.

Joseph Lomeli, who caught every inning for Manteca over the weekend, led off with a single. He and Ward scored on a throwing error that allowed Isaac Maldonado to reach.  Manteca struck again in the fourth when Joey Santos singled to center, and pinch-runner Matsua Garcia-Mendez padded the lead on another throwing error.

Manteca and Salida will battle for a spot in Saturday’s championship game this Thursday starting at 7 p.m.



Northgate minors cruise into quarters


Louis Aquila, Andrew Oliveries and Romero Suarez highlighted Northgate’s weekend with a combined no-hitter against Weston Ranch’s “B” team Sunday. Northgate won the second-round contest 26-0 in Mountain House.

The pitching trip gave up just one walk and struck out 11.

Northgate opened the tournament with a 7-4 win over Weston Ranch “A.” Evan Heath hurdled a complete game with help from Logan Harries, Josh Grabowski and Aquila on defense. Aquila also drilled three doubles in a 3-for-3 effort, and Zachary White went 2 for 3 with a home run.

Northgate takes on Manteca in the quarterfinals Thursday.

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