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Manteca juniors overcome rough start in mercy-rule win
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Connor Johnson of the Whjte Sox is tagged out by Matt Schatmeier of the Red Sox as Ryan Zimmermann looks on. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

TRACY — When the Tracy American White Sox scored on the Manteca Red Sox on Monday, that was the only run the Red Sox have given up in two games of the Little League District 67 Juniors Tournament of Champions, but that would not slow Manteca down as the Red Sox rolled to an 11-1 five-run mercy rule win at Monticello School. 

The White Sox had problems from the beginning, walking four and balking twice in a four-run first inning for the Red Sox. Leadoff batter Ryan Zimmermann started the game off with a walk and reached base four times, going 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI. 

Matt Schatmeier (2 for 3, two RBI) had a two-RBI single in the first inning for Manteca, A.J. Kovacs added a two-RBI single in the third and Briggs Alavezos (two RBI) had an RBI double off of the fence in the second inning for the Red Sox. 

Kovacs went the distance on the hill, striking out five on six hits with no walks.

Manteca plays in the championship-round final Friday at 5 p.m. at Monticello school. 


Manteca Red Sox 13,

Tracy National Giants 0

The Red Sox dominated the Giants on Saturday in an opening-round, five-inning mercy rule win.

Zimmermann proved to be double trouble for the Giants, picking up the complete-game victory while giving up just one infield hit, one walk and striking out seven. Batting leadoff, Zimmermann scored three runs.

Alavezos, Matt Dunham and Christian Tonna each had two hits for Manteca and the trio combined for eight RBI. The Red Sox offensive barrage was fueled by nine hits, six walks and four runners being hit by a pitch. 


Spreckels Park Giants 6, Weston Ranch 0

Steven Aquila and Alex Gatty pitched a combined shutout utilizing for the Giants on only 78 pitches, tallying nine strikeouts and allowed only three hits on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League.. 

Scoreless through three innings, Alex Gatty doubled in Ezana Ghezae and Gatty was knocked in by Adrian Rios for a 2-0 Giants lead. Aquila had an RBI triple in he fifth with Zac Cook and Caliyann Craig adding RBI singles in the frame. Cook singled in Shea Ward in the sixth.

Cook (walk), Gatty and Rios were all 2 for 3.

Spreckels Park faces Northgate on Wednesday in a quarterfinal contest at 5:30 p.m. on Gillen Field.



Northgate Blue Jays 14, Manteca Nationals 9 (8)

Zach Grabowski struck out eight in four innings Sunday for the Blue Jays and teammate Carson Sanders had four hits with three double and five RBI at Spreckels Park Little League.

Carson struck out four in two innings and Josiah Reif and Greg Adams also pitched for Northgate with Reif striking out two in two innings.

Grabowski had two hits including an inside-the-park home run, Adams had a triple with three hits and two RBI and Blake Glasgow had one RBI.

The Blue Jays have a quarterfinal game with either Lathrop or Tracy National on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


Northgate Blue Jays 11, Patterson Tigers 7

The Blue Jays employed a pitching-by-committee approach Saturday with Blake Glasgow, Adams, Reif, Sanders and Grabowski splitting the duties. 

Adams had a two-RBI single and a double, Grabowski a bases-clearing triple and a two-RBI single and Glasgow two hits. Carson Sanders singled and stole home and Anthony Morales had a single for Northgate.