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Spreckels Park rides early offense in crosstown victory

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Spreckels Park rides early offense in crosstown victory

Dylan Heath slides in safely at third base just ahead of the tag Thursday during Spreckles Park’s 13-7 win over the Manteca Little League major All-Stars.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED July 6, 2012 1:37 a.m.

The Spreckels Park Little League major All-Stars jumped out early and continued to score often, smashing the Manteca 13-7 Thursday in the Tournament at Neil Hafley School.

Spreckels Park were able to execute early, pushing across a valuable four runs in the game’s first inning, digging the Manteca squad a hole they could not climb out of.  Christopher Contreras played a huge part in the squads’ success, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and giving his squad a quality four innings from the mound.

Manteca pushed across a run in the bottom of the first and another pair in the second, but could not muster a huge offensive inning at any point in the ball game. Spreckels Park also reaped the benefits of a blazing hot Dylan Heath, who was 5 for 5 and came around to score three runs.

The duo combined to stifle the Manteca lineup, with Contreras tossing four innings and striking gout four before relinquishing the duties to Heath, who struck out three and closed the door.

Manteca was led by Alex Gouveia who was 2 for 4 and scored twice and Jacob Peterson’s 3 for 4 day. Peterson smashed a home run and a double in his final two at bat’s to try and keep Manteca close.

 Northgate 2, Tracy National 1 (8)

Jack Weaver was the difference in Northgate’s 2-1 win over Tracy National Thursday, scoring the first of Northgate’s runs with a towering homerun to center and culminating his great performance with a walk-off basehit to left to plate the winning run.

Both Dylan Hodges and Zack Hayford combined to hold the Tracy club in check, with Hodges starting and going four for Northgate and Hayford coming in for the final four. Hayford struck out 10 batters over his four innings of work, including three consecutive strikeouts in the seventh inning.

Weaver followed up his solo shot with a clean base hit to left, which plated Danny Marquez for the game winning run. Marquez drew a 2-out walk to keep Northgate’s hopes alive and then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Northgate will try and remain perfect in tournament play when they meet up with Spreckles Park in a meeting between the tournament’s final two unbeatens.

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