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Northgate minors power past Manteca for semifinal berth

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Northgate minors power past Manteca for semifinal berth

Manteca Little Leaguer Logan Quan slides into the tag of Northgate third baseman Zach White in District 67 All-Star Tournament action Thursday in Mountain House.


POSTED July 6, 2012 1:34 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Northgate Little League’s 9-10-year-old all-stars overcame a 5-0 first-inning deficit to upend crosstown rival Manteca 12-9 and advance to the winners-bracket semifinal of the District 67 Tournament Thursday at Wicklund Park.

Jacob Frisk tied it at 9-all for Northgate with an infield single in the bottom of the fourth, which followed Louis Aquila’s two-run knock to right. The go-ahead run crossed in the fifth, when Braydin Abrew grounded out to drive in Eric Morales, who led off with a triple to left center. Northgate tacked on two more RBI singles from Zach White and Jacob Frisk.

Winning pitcher Andrew Olivares needed just 18 tosses to get through the final 1 1/3 innings. He was aided by Aquila’s sliding catch at right field for the first out in the sixth.

Frisk led the charge offensively with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double and four RBIs. Logan Harries (2 for 3, run), Abrew (2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs), White (2 for 2, three runs) and Aquila (2 for 4) also came through with multiple hits.

Tyler Kiser sparked Manteca’s early barrage with a three-run triple in the first inning. River Weahunt went 2 for 4 with a triple, Vincent Hernandez delivered a two-run double and Logan Quan scored twice while chipping in an RBI hit.

Northgate squares off with Tracy American Saturday starting 2 p.m. at Central Community Park with a spot in the championship round on the line. Manteca takes on Mountain House or Tracy American’s “B” team Saturday at 10 a.m. in an elimination game.

Tracy American 11, Spreckels Park 10

At Central Community Park, Spreckels Park came up short of a come-from-behind victory after spotting Tracy 10 runs in the first inning.

Christian Cruz blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth for Spreckels Park’s final runs. Damien Lopez went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and a double. Jesse Ortiz-Martinez plated two runs.

Spreckels next plays Tracy National “A” or Lathrop Saturday.

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