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Salida shells Spreckels Park in 11-12 final

Wednesday’s ‘if’ game to decide District 67 title

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Salida shells Spreckels Park in 11-12 final

Spreckels Park catcher Christopher Contreras holds his ground before applying the tag on Salida’s Ruben Beruman for the final out of the third inning.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 10, 2012 1:33 a.m.

Spreckels Park Little League’s 11-12-year-old all-star squad took the shorter route to the District 67 Tournament championship round, needing just three wins to get there.

After losing its opener to Tracy National, Salida battled to win five straight games in eight days to punch its ticket to the finals.

Now, Salida has all the momentum going into Wednesday’s winner-take-all finale.

At Northgate Little League’s Gillen Field Monday, Salida made quick work of Spreckels Park in a 10-0 victory, dominating in every facet in the four-inning affair.

Salida pitchers Tyler Shafer and Branden Pasion each logged two innings from the pitcher’s mound and are available for Wednesday. They combined for the three-hit shutout, with Pasion striking out five of the eight batters he faced.

Spreckels Park was down 4-0 before taking its first at-bats. In the top of the first, Zach Stewart capped a four-run rally for Salida with a two-RBI single right-center field.

Salida continued the onslaught with two more runs in the second. Ruben Beruman reached with an infield hit to lead off the inning and later scored on the second of four Spreckels Park errors. Carlos Rodriguez laced a single to deep left to drive in the other run.

Michael Esparza slugged a leadoff double for Spreckels Park in the bottom half, but Shafer was able to get out of the threat by retiring the next three batters.

Spreckels Park stayed within reach with good defensive play in the third. Shortstop Jesse Babauta gunned down the first two Salida batters and was a part of a clutch 8-6-2 relay that ended the inning.

Spreckels Park mounted its final threat to get on board in the bottom of the third when Christopher Contreras and Babauta each singled but were left on base.

The Manteca team was buried in the fourth, as Salida batted around the lineup for its final four runs. Reserve Scott King and Pasion each cranked out two-run singles.

Shaefer went 3 for 4 with a double to lead Salida from the top of the order. Pasion and Rodriguez each finished 2 for 3 with two runs. Matt Dallas walked three times and plated a pair of runs.

The championship game starts 5:30 Wednesday back at Neil Hafley School’s Gillen Field.

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