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SURVIVING SLOPPY

Despite six errors, Spreckels all-stars down Mt. House

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SURVIVING SLOPPY

Spreckels Park 13-14-year-old all-star Gerald Parente looks for elbow room while rounding third base against Mountain House Tuesday in Salida.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 1, 2009 3:52 a.m.
SALIDA – Hitting and pitching weren’t the issues Tuesday night at Salida School, where the Spreckels Park’s Junior Division all-stars squeaked past Mountain House 11-8 to pick up their second straight loser’s bracket victory in the District 67 Tournament.

The leather, however, was conspicuously absent.

Spreckels committed six errors, which led to three Mountain House unearned runs, including two in a six-run fourth that gave Mountain House a 7-4 lead.

“It was a wild one, that game could have gone either way,” Spreckels Park skipper Chris Van Warmerdam said. “We made too many errors and that let them back into the ballgame. We can’t allow that from this point on.

“But the guys battled all the way through.”

With the win, Spreckels now moves on to a rematch showdown with Tracy National Thursday.

Spreckels is likely to face Tracy ace Jonah Wesely, who rung up 11 in an 11-5 opening round win Saturday.

“We’re going to have to play flawless defense (against Tracy National),” Van Warmerdam said. “And we’re going to have to get timely hits off of Jonah.”

Timely hits were abundant Tuesday, starting with Logan Sanders’ RBI double to right-center in the third which scored Makana Ward for an early 2-0 advantage.

Ward hit a double of his own in the fourth which was sandwiched between runs from Alex Jorgensen and Anthony Flores.

Down two heading into the fifth, Spreckels clawed to within two after Buddy Reeder led off with a single and was brought home Marc Wilson’s double to deep right.

Spreckels took the lead back an inning later when Nick Van Warmerdam led off with an infield single and was moved to third on Zach-Leon Guerrero’s double.

Jorgenson hit home Van Warmerdam on a groundout to second and Leon-Guerrero slid home safely on a passed ball.

Spreckels added three insurance runs in the seventh, highlighted by Leon-Guerrero’s second double of the contest, this one scoring Van Warmerdam from second.

Reeder got the start and was solid despite his shaky defense, lasting three full with five strikeouts.

Jorgensen (seven strikeouts) earned the win by closing it out after Josh English recorded one out in the fourth.

“The thing that won it for us was teamwork and not giving up,” Jorgensen said. “(On the mound) I felt like I was in control of the game.”

Jorgensen was then asked what it will take to solve the Tracy National puzzle Thursday.

“We’re just going to have to hit Jonah,” he answered. “(Facing Wesely) is kind of scary because he throws really hard and his curveball breaks late.”

Wilson finished 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored, while Leon-Guerrero (2 for 3) racked up four swiped bags to complement his two doubles.

Spreckels meets Wesely and Tracy National at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, again at Salida Elementary.
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