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Manteca 11-year-old All Stars advance to Sections

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Manteca 11-year-old All Stars advance to Sections

Matsua Garcia-Mendez tries to score on a base hit Saturday during Manteca’s 11-5 championship win.


POSTED July 9, 2012 1:38 a.m.

WESTON RANCH – Matsua Garcia-Mendez hauled in consecutive fly ball outs in the bottom of the sixth. He came through the first and fired home, denying a base runner on third the thought of tagging up to score.

The second was a tad bit sweeter. It clinched the title sending his all-star teammates into a dead sprint out to his centerfield position to celebrate advancing into the Sections.

The Manteca Little League 11-year-old All-Stars continued its unbeaten sweep through the District 67 Tournament, blasting Salida in the championship game 11-5 on Sunday to capture the Little League tournament title.

The squad punched their ticket to the California Section 6 All-Star Tournament. Manteca did it with good pitching and timely hitting, getting a trio of homeruns from Isaac Maldonado , Dylan Gross and Zach Chamberlain.

Manteca jumped out on Salida 4-0 in the top of the first, but Salida would respond, answering with four runs in their half of the inning. It would be Salida’s one and only big inning.

Manteca would push across two more in the third, another in the fifth and seal the deal with a 4-run sixth inning, eliminating any hope Salida carried for a comeback.

Jacob Moon got the start for Manteca and proved his worth, going four-plus innings and settling down after the rocky first inning to record six strikeouts. Moon gave way to Chamberlain who would not allow a run and strikeout two.

Gross, Moldanado and Chamberlain combined for 10 hits, including the three homeruns.

Manteca will open the Section 6 Tournament with a first round contest against District 73. Host District 8 will get a bye and then host the winner of the District 67-District 73 game Sunday at 10 a.m.


Spreckels Park 10, Northgate 0

Jesse Babauta and the 11-12-year-old all-stars of Spreckels Park were in full command of Saturday’s winners-bracket semifinal at Neil Hafley School.

Babauta struck out eight and threw just 63 pitches in the mercy-shortened, five-inning affair. He was also 1 for 1 with a double and two walks on offense. Christopher Contreras and Mason James each stroked three hits, two being doubles for Contreras.

Spreckels will face Salida or Northgate in the championship round tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. If Spreckels loses, the winner-take-all finale takes place on Wednesday.

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