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Northgate sets up all-Manteca battle for Junior championship
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Northgates Asiah Scott was called out on the force by Alex Faasasilia. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

TRACY — A team from Manteca will win the District 67 Junior All-Star Tournament.

When Northgate’s Jacob Frisk reached out and slammed the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday at Monticello School, he knocked in Tyrus Harper and Andrew Mount to give Northgate an 11-1 five-inning mercy-rule consolation win over Tracy American. Northgate will now face Spreckels Park in the championship round Monday at 5 p.m. and will need to win to force a winner-take-all contest Tuesday.

Andrew Oliveras went the distance for Northgate on the mound and allowed just one hit and had some tremendous defensive play behind him. In the first inning with runners at the corners, Northgate catcher Harper feigned a throw to second on a steal and instead threw to Fernando Segura at shortstop. Segura fired home to get the Tracy American runner who broke from third.

In the second inning with the bases loaded Oliveras nabbed a weekly hit fly ball and got it to Sammy Nieves at third to double up the runner for an inning-ending double play. Twice Jacob Frisk made outstanding catches in left field and Andrew Mount ended the fourth inning with a jumping catch of a fly ball at first base.

Two outs proved to be more of a rallying cry than a detriment for Northgate as it scored four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth with two outs.

Northgate loaded the bases in the fifth with a pair of walks followed by an infield single by Austin Scott. Harper (2 for 3, double, three RBI) then hit a two RBI double, Mount (2 for 3, double, three RBI) walked to load the bases and Segura (double, two RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk, setting the table for Frisk’s walk-off single. 

In the fourth, Mount had a two-RBI double, Segura an RBI double and Frisk (3 for 4, three RBI) an RBI single.



Tracy American 26,
 Spreckels Park 11 (5)

Trailing 17-3 going into the bottom of the fourth Spreckels Park fended off the 10-run mercy rule by scoring eight runs to come within 17-11 in the consolation contest, but Tracy American responded with nine in the top of the fifth before shutting down Spreckels Park in the bottom of the frame at Monticello School in Tracy.

For Spreckels Park, Zach Fonseca was 3 for 4 with a double and Cruz Richer (walk, run) and Spencer Kim were both 2 for 3. Steven Aquila tripled, walked twice and scored two runs.

The Spreckels Park defense did well in the fifth inning. Aquila started a 5-3 double play from third and Kim made a diving catch in the outfield.


Northgate 12,
Tracy American 10

Better late than never.

After trailing 10-3 entering the fifth inning Thursday, Northgate tied the game in the fifth and won it in walk-off fashion in the sixth with a two-out, two-run home run by Willie Segura. The win lands Northgate in the championship round Monday night at 5 p.m. at Monticello School in Tracy against Tracy American. A Northgate win Monday secures the championship banner but a Tracy American win forces a winner-take-all contest Tuesday.

Mitch Lill (2 for 2, double) led off the Northgate fifth with a double and came in to score on Luke Weaver’s double. Carlos Alvarez (3 for 3, two doubles), Segura (2 for 4, triple, home run) and Anthony Flores (2 for 3) led the charge for Northgate in the fifth with Lill coming up again and knocking in a run to tie the score at 10-10.

Alvarez hit a home run in the bottom of the first ti tie the game at 1-1 and after Tracy American hit a grand-slam as part of a six-runs second inning, Logan Sousa cam in to pitch for Northgate to calm the Tracy American bats.

Aggressive base running by Dylan Stokes and Nolan Calmes helped Northgate score a pair of runs in the third inning to come within 10-3.



Manteca 4, Salida 1

Manteca scored two runs in the sixth Friday to ensure staying alive in the consolation bracket at Northgate Park.

Tyler Paul Wentworth pitched five innings and gave up one hit with no earned runs for Manteca.

Manteca’s Landon Chamberlain doubled and scored a run and Garrison Reis had an RBI. Nick Grabowski and Wentworth each scored a run.

Manteca plays Tracy National on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinal.



Manteca 9, Morada 2

After a five-inning hiatus, the Manteca bats came alive in the sixth inning for six runs Thursday in the Section 6 Tournament at Pedretti Park in Turlock.

Zach Chamberlain had the big hit of the Manteca sixth with a two-run, bases loaded double. Kyle Rachels and Tyler Graves-Kelso each added an RBI single later in the frame cap the scoring surge.

Devin Sullivan pitched six strong innings for Manteca, striking out five – including striking out the side in the second inning – and allowing eight hits. Rachels came on in the seventh and had a 1-2-3 inning.

Quick feet helped Manteca out to a 3-0 first-inning lead. Leadoff batter Mitch Balmut walked, stole second and made the score 1-0 when he came in on a single by Rachels, who then stole second, took third on a passed ball and came home on a throwing error. Graves-Kelso came in on Jonathan Murillo’s single for a 3-0 lead.

The Manteca defense made a mistake in the fifth, but turned that mistake into a key out. With the score 3-2 and runners at the corners for Morada, a pickoff  attempt at third got away from Zach Chamberlain. Chamberlain chased the ball down and fired home to Isaac Maldonado who blocked the plate and made the tag for the out that took the wind out of Morada’s sails.

 Manteca faced Turlock National on Friday night. Results were not available as of press time.