Dylan Hodges was three outs away from a complete-game, mercy-shortened victory for Northgate Little League’s 11-year-old all-stars Monday at Neil Hafley School’s Bassi Field.
That was Manteca’s cue to finally come alive.
Down 12-1 to start the inning, Manteca scratched across six runs on seven walks, a hit batter and an infield single to extend the game — by a half inning.
Northgate countered with a five-run rally capped by Mark Rodriguez’s bases-loaded, walk-off single up the middle in the bottom half for a 17-7 win.
Northgate advances to Thursday’s consolation-bracket quarterfinal of the District 67 Tournament, where another crosstown rival, Spreckels Park, awaits.
Hodges was untouchable to start, as he struck out five straight while needing just 24 pitches to get through the first two innings while the offense spotted him a 5-0 lead.
Angel Montoya broke up the perfect game with a leadoff walk in the third, and Matsua Garcia-Mendez followed with Manteca’s first hit. Matthew Ender’s double to right center got Manteca on board.
Northgate busted it open with seven in the third, when cleanup hitter Estevon Salazar legged out a three-run double. Salazar ended up 3 for 3 with four RBIs.
Danny Marquez drove in two runs and plated four for Northgate. Harrison Heath went 2 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and a double. Leadoff hitter Tim Couch scored three times and added two RBIs.
Northgate used three pitchers who combined for a three-hitter but walked eight.
Manteca also struggled from the mound, as three hurlers walked five and scattered 10 hits.
Ender led Manteca with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBIs, and Garcia-Mendez scored twice.
Spreckels Park 11, Weston Ranch 10
Pher Contreras smashed a two-out double and plated the game-winning run on Zach Maderos’ base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday at Neil Hafley School.
Spreckels Park completed the wild comeback victory by getting three outs in the top of the sixth.
Weston Ranch went on a six-run tear in the top of the first but gave up seven unanswered runs before retaking the lead at 9-7 in the fourth.
Spreckels doled out 19 hits, with three each coming from Josh Tanner (two runs), Dylan Heath (three runs) and Mason James.
Rylan Tinsley (double, two runs) and Carlos Drain each went 2 for 3 for Weston Ranch.