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Manteca Little League Angels close tourney with major division title over Northgate Rays
Players from the Manteca Little League Angels celebrate winning the City Championship Saturday for major division Little League teams. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The Manteca Little League Angels scored early and often to take the Manteca City League Tournament majors division title with an 8-2 victory over the Northgate Little League Rays Saturday.

The two clubs met at the Manteca Little League diamond and put together a solid performance to decide the tournament’s best. The Angels jumped out early and never looked back, putting up two runs immediately when both Clayton Lauborough and Angel Montoya came around to score.

Starting pitcher Jonathan Murillo was rock-solid for the Angels, going the distance and keeping a talented Rays lineup in check for the entire six innings. The Rays were able to push across one run when Garret Cross reached on a single and came around first to score. The Rays were only able to score one more after that.

The tournament championship was solidified for good in the third inning when Tyler Milosovich reached base and scored moments later when teammate Trevor Luckey connected on a towering two-run homerun to left-center to put the Angels in cruise control.

The Angels were not through, pushing across another run in the fourth when Luckey and Murillo stroked back-to-back doubles. The second of those doubles put the Angels up 5-2. Murillo would sit the Rays down in order in the final inning, sending the Angels dugout into celebration.

The victory brought the first annual city tournament to a close, completing a terrific opening run of a tournament to showcase the Little League talent in Manteca.

Manteca Little League officials recognized umpires Greg Whitley and Jeff Santos for the dedication to the little leaguers all season. Both were honored with Volunteer of the Year awards.