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Crescini’s HR the bright spot in loss

Drew Zanotto throws a runner out at third from his knees Thursday in Salida, where Manteca fell to Salida, 9-1.


POSTED July 10, 2009 1:53 a.m.
SALIDA — The Manteca 11-year-old all-stars fell to Salida Thursday, 9-1, but it wasn’t for a lack effort.

It seemed as though every pitch Salida made contact with found a hole, and every ball Manteca hit went right at someone.

With the loss, Manteca was eliminated from the Salida-hosted District 67 All-Star Tournament and will now look forward to next season.

“It’s all-stars, you’re playing the best of the best, so you can’t assume you’re going to come in and someone’s going to give you a game,” Manteca head coach Paul Konieczka said. “We tip our hats to Salida, they came out to play.”

Salida started the contest with four straight singles and put up three in the top of the first, then extended its lead to 4-0 in the second.

Manteca’s lone highlight at the plate came in the bottom of the second when Steven Crescini parked a shot well over the wall in left.

“Crescini stood out,” Manteca assistant coach Rick Mittman said. “He made a lot of good plays on defense and hit a nice home run. He was the bright spot today.”
Crescini had a busy day in the field as well, as the sure-handed third baseman took part in eight put-outs, including a few of the spectacular variety.

In the second, shortstop Drew Zanotto made a highlight-reel diving catch on a bloop to shallow left then fired to Crescini to double up a runner.

Manteca’s second double-play came in the fourth when Crescini made a nice stop on a grounder, looked back a runner at third, and fired to Jacob Valaer at first. When the runner broke for home, Valaer gunned him down with six feet to spare.

Salida starter Michael Olivarez was outstanding on the hill, allowing just two hits, the Crescini bomb and Dylan Konieczka’s third-inning infield single.

On the day, Olivarez sent down eight Manteca batters by way of strikes, including the side in the third.

Olivarez drove home a pair on a third-inning single, and Jesse Ernst made it 8-1 in the fifth with a two-run shot to straightaway center.

Bailey Mittman got the start and lasted three, striking out one.

Chase McKee closed it out, turning in a pair of strikeouts.

“It was just one of those days,” Mittman said. “But the kid’s are good spirited, we had fun and they had fun.”
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