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Northgate minors rally to TOC finals
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Greg Adams pitched the final five innings for the Blue Jays, striking out six with five hits and two runs. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

Greg Adams pitched the final five innings for the Northgate Blue Jays on Thursday, striking out six with five hits and two runs on the way to a 13-5 semifinal win over the Spreckels Park Rangers in Little League District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions at Brock Elliott School.

The Blue Jays racked up 12 hits and had two five-run innings – the first and the fourth. The first five Northgate batters reached base in the first inning – Anthony Morales with a walk followed with singles by Anthony Sy (2 for 3, triple, RBI, two runs), Zach Grabowski (4 for 4, two RBI, three runs) and Carson Sanders (4 for 4, three RBI, three runs) and then another walk to Adams (double, RBI, three runs). Grabowski plated Morales with Sanders and Adams scoring on bases-loaded walks to Josiah Reif and Julian Kelm, respectively. In the fifth, Sy had an RBI triple, Adams an RBI double with Grabowski, Sanders and Blake Glasgow (3 for 4, four RBI) each getting an RBI single. Sanders and Glasgow both had an RBI single in the fifth. 

The Rangers took advantage of shoddy Northgate defense in the first inning to garner three runs. Jacob Morrow singled to start the frame and Paul Pimental walked. Troy Morrow then reached on an error and before the play was over he was on third with Jacob Morrow and Pimental scoring on another error. Troy Morrow came home on a delayed steal to draw within 5-2. 

Pimental reached in the third on an error and Troy Morrow was hit by a pitch. After being advanced on an infield single by Jake Cronin to load the bases, Pimental and Troy Morrow scored on a double by Mike Gilmer to come within 6-5 before the five-run fourth for the Blue Jays.

Northgate advances to the championship round Saturday morning at 10 where it will await the winner of today’s 5:30 p.m. contest between Spreckels Park and either Weston Ranch or Tracy National.