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Manteca can’t hold lead, falls 6-4 in championship

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Manteca slugger Zach Chamberlain locks in on the second of his two 2-run homers Tuesday during the California Section 6 Tournament Championship.


POSTED July 18, 2012 12:17 a.m.

STOCKTON – The season for the Manteca Little League 10-11-year-old all-stars came to a close in a 6-4 California Section 6 Tournament Championship loss to Turlock American Tuesday at Sundown Little League’s Kelley Field.

Manteca asserted itself as a championship contender, taking the lead early on a two-run homerun from Zach Chamberlain. Chamberlain seemingly dealt Turlock American the decisive blow when his second two-run shot put Manteca up 4-1.

Ryan Ward was excellent for Manteca, going three-plus innings and holding a talented Turlock lineup in check for the most part. Turlock’s resiliency surfaced in the following inning, getting a two-run shot of its own to chop the lead to 4-3. 

Ward would get two more outs before surrendering the pitching duties to Dylan Gross. Gross was exceptional in the early stages of relief, getting Manteca out of a tight situation with two runners on with back-to-back strikeouts.

With Manteca clutching a one-run lead, Turlock mounted its comeback, using a leadoff double and a passed ball to get the tying run to third base. A fielder’s choice ground ball would tie the game. After back-to-back base hits Turlock drew a pair of bases loaded walks to advance into the Northern California Divisional Tournament in Fremont.

Manteca fought, getting three consecutive two-out walks from Dayvion Mayes, Jacob Moon and Joseph Lomeli before an infield pop-up ended the area’s most impressive all-star run.

Chamberlain finished the game with two homers and all four of the Manteca RBIs, while Gross, Isaac Maldonado both had two hits.

Manteca put together a postseason that began with an undefeated run through the District 67 Tournament to earn its berth into the Section 6 Tournament. A series opening loss to eventual champion Turlock American forced Manteca into the loser’s bracket, where they won out to earn a spot in the championship finale.

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