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Defending champs ousts Manteca minors

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Defending champs ousts Manteca minors

Manteca Angels second baseman Mitch Balmut gets the tag on Salida's Gabriel Schaaf for an out during Little League action in Tracy Tuesday.


POSTED June 24, 2009 2:38 a.m.
TRACY — That’s two Manteca teams down, and one more to go for defending District 67 Tournament of Champions titleholders Salida Little League in the minor division.

After getting past Northgate 12-5 Monday, the Salida Bears eliminated the Manteca Angels 12-2 Tuesday at Jefferson School to advance to the consolation bracket semifinal.

Next for Salida are the Spreckels Park Dodgers, who dumped the Bears into the consolation bracket Saturday with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Dodgers were down 8-2 with one out left in the bottom of the sixth, ending up on top, 10-8.

Salida and Spreckels square off again today at 5:30 p.m. for a spot in the championship round, where Tracy American awaits after defeating the Dodgers on Monday.

The Bears jumped on Manteca early, taking advantage of four errors and RBI base hits from Caleb Ernst, Jared Kabrich and Michael Henley for a 5-0 lead in the first. Henley’s infield single enforced the five-run rule, giving the Angels their first turn at the plate despite not recording an out.

Manteca fired back with a run of its own in the bottom of the opening frame, as Jonathan Murillo knocked in Mitch Balmut with a double to right.

The Angels didn’t strike again until the fourth when Murillo’s grounder scored Trevor Crippen, who led off the inning with a walk. All that did was extend the Angels’ season, as they avoided the 10-run mercy rule by making it 11-2.

Matt Dallas powered the Bears with a three-run homer in the third, finishing 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. Tyler Vandemark, who plated three runs, bashed his own jack in the sixth. Trevor Muntee legged out two doubles.
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