The Manteca Juniors Red Sox pounded out 10 hits and drew six walks to trigger the mercy rule after five innings Saturday, defeating the Spreckels Park Tigers 13-1 at Morenzone Field.
The Red Sox (8-1) put up four runs in the first inning and nine in the fifth and had stellar defense to start the game. In the first inning Ryan Zimmerman picked off a Tigers runner at first and Manteca center fielder Matt Dunham cut down a runner at the plate with a perfect throw to catcher A.J. Kovacs to end the frame.
Manteca’s Christian Tonna pitched two innings with three strikeouts and also was 2 for 3 with an RBI, run and a walk for Manteca. Sonny Elder pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Tigers and tallied seven strikeouts.
Dunham, Matthew Murray and Jackson Brunn had two RBI apiece for the Red Sox.
Northgate Giants 12,
Spreckels Nationals 4
Northgate’s Andrew Olivares can handle pressure.
Olivares came on in relief for the Giants with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and struck out two to end the Nationals threat. Olivares had four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings with two hits and a run. Marcus Sequeira pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and tallied four strikeouts while allowing four and three runs.
Victor Alonzo had his running shoes on for the Nationals, stealing six bases – home twice .
After going 2 for 2 with two and four runs. Teammate Jamari Milligan dominated at first base contributing to nine putouts, including a fly ball in foul territory.
Braves 13, Nationals 7
Willie Segura led the Braves and went was 3 for 4 with a home run and three while pitching two shutout innings and striking out four.
Charlie Sanders added to the Braves hit parade, going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI. He also pitched one inning with three strikeouts and gave up one run. Romeo Torres reached base four times, going 1 for 1 with three walks and an RBI. He pitched two innings, striking out five and giving up two runs.
Tyler Looney (2 for 4, double, three RBI), Sean Beauchamp (2 for 3, RBI) and Michael Quaresma (1 for 2) rounded out the Braves attack.