You cannot score on an error if you do not make it on base.
The Mountain House Braves scored all of their runs via errors Thursday, and when Steven Aquila of the Spreckels Park Red Sox came in to pitch the sixth inning he struck out the side in order to cement an 11-4 win in the consolation semifinals of the District 67 Minor Tournament of Champions at Brock Elliot School.
Aiden Burk went 3 1/3 innings for Spreckels Park and struck out five and gave up two runs, both unearned. Burk also had an inside-the-park home run.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind a pair of Red Sox errors. Spreckels Park loaded the bases with no out in the bottom of the frame but could not get a run across.
The second inning was a different story. Burk came in and got a 1-2-3 inning and then Spreckels Park exploded for five runs and five hits, including a two-RBI double by Aquila (3 for 3, double, home run, four RBI) who added a two-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning.
Leadoff batter Joshua Brake did his job, reaching in all three of his at-bats with a triple, RBI single and a walk. Caden Salas was 3 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBI and David Talaugra added an RBI single in that big second inning.
The Red Sox face Tracy American this afternoon at 5:30 for the consolation championship with the Manteca A’s awaiting the winner on Saturday morning at 10 for the championship.
Manteca A’s 22,
Tracy American 13
Max Gulart and Zachary Huffstutler paced the 20-hit A’s attack with both enjoying a 4-for-4 outing.
Gulart (RBI) and Noah Stum (three RBI) each had two doubles and Chase Stephenson (2 for 4, three RBI) and Andrew Maki both had one double. Huffstutler, Matthew Murray (2 for 3) and Jordan Stephenson (2 for 4) each had two RBI apiece.
Stephenson picked up the win, netting four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
The A’s face either Tracy American or the Spreckles Park Red Sox on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the championship game.
Cal Ripken 10-under
Ripon 12, Lodi 1
Ripon used a 10-run second inning to roll Lodi in four innings Thursday in second-round action of the Cal Ripken Central California District 1 Tournament at Veteran’s Park in Ripon.
Damian Sandoval and Korbin Hodgson split the pitching duties for Ripon with Sandoval going three innings and striking out four with two hits and Hodgson pitched an inning, striking out two and giving up a hit.
Dylan DeGraff led the potent Ripon offense, going 2 for 2 with three RBI and a run. Marco Herrero (two RBI, run), Malik Taylor (RBI, two runs), Joseph Chavez (RBI, two runs), Sandoval (RBI, run), Anthony Sausedo (RBI) and Elijah Sheppard (run) all contributed to the Ripon attack.
Ripon faces Tracy at 5 p.m. today.