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Cross, Braves stymie Weston Ranch for Majors crown
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Manteca Little League’s Major Braves proudly displays their District 67 banner after winning the Tournament of Champions on Monday. - photo by Dave Campbell

Jeremy Cross can bring the heat.

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Manteca's Jeremy Cross went the distance, allowing one hit and one unearned run while striking out 12 with no walks. - photo by Dave Campbell

Cross went the distance for the Manteca Braves on Monday night, retiring the first 10 Weston Ranch A’s he faced on the way to picking up 12 strikeouts and no walks with no earned runs and one hit in a 7-1 win for the Braves in the championship game of the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions on Gillen Field at Manteca Little League.

“Cross usually warms up after about 35-40 pitches, when most other pitchers start to tire out,” Manteca coach Bryce Ceja said. “He is a phenomenal kid, he works hard, and he was unfazed. Nothing bothered him. The counts didn’t matter, the calls on the field didn’t matter and the errors didn’t matter. He hardly got excited when he got his own hit.

“The team battled today. They were a little off balance facing a pitcher with less velocity. They were out in front of the ball a bit but we still put up seven runs which was actually one of our season lows.”

Cross struck out the side in order in the second inning and struck out two in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The only ball to get out of the infield was an error.

A.J. Arios reached on a one-out error in the fourth inning for Weston Ranch, took second on the lone hit for the A’s by Anthony Young and came in to score on an outfield error off the bat of Gerardo Ortega.

The Braves scored three runs in the second and fifth innings. Kai Masudi (two RBI, double, two runs) had a two-RBI double and Caleb McKelvie an RBI single in the second inning and Mateo Ceja belted an RBI double in the fifth. Cross doubled to lead off the third inning and scored on a single by Mykal Cerna (2 for 3, RBI, two runs).