STOCKTON — Hello again.
As a result of its 20-7 thumping of Patterson Sunday in the consolation final of the District 67 10-12 year-old All-Star Tournament at Paul Weston Park, Spreckels Park will face a familiar foe today in the championship round: crosstown rival Northgate.
Northgate dispatched Spreckels Park to the consolation bracket Friday night in semifinal action, and Spreckels Park wasted little time Sunday setting the tone. Troy Morrow doubled to start the game and Hunter Donham (two runs) singled. Morrow came in on a sacrifice fly by Noah Aguirre (2 for 2, two doubles, two runs), as did Donham on a sacrifice fly by Paul Pimentel Jr. (3 for 4, RBI, two runs).
Tommy Miller (4 for 4, six RBI, home run, double, three runs) had the monster bat for Spreckels Park, hitting a three-run home in the fourth inning that scored Aguirre and Donham, making the score 10-3. In an eight-run fifth, Miller cleared the bases with a double, scoring Aguirre, Morrow and Luke Johnson, making the score 19-5. Scotty Hamilton (2 for 2, three RBI, two runs) accounted for three more runs in the inning, hitting a three-run home run that scored Santino Flores and Pimentel.
With an eye on keeping pitch counts low to have as many arms available tonight as possible, Spreckels Park went through four pitchers with Frankie Teicheira IV pitching last. He came on with a runner on first base and no out in the sixth and induced a double play on the first pitch he threw. He appeared to have the game ended on the next pitch, but an overthrow at first kept Patterson alive.
Patterson’s Tony Lomeli made the best of the extra at-bat, launching a two-run home run to make the score 20-7. The game ended on the next batter when Teicheira ranged to his right and barehanded the ball to first for the putout.
Game time tonight between Spreckels Park and Northgate is at 6 and Spreckels Park must win to force a winner-take-all game on Tuesday, otherwise Northgate takes the championship.
Juniors Section 6
Northgate 12, Foothill 2 (5)
STOCKTON – Northgate’s Lucas Krenz capped a five-run fifth with an RBI single, scoring Luke Abrew (3 for 3, RBI, run) and Nolan Calmes (two RBI, double, two runs) and ending the contest via the mercy rule Sunday at Bear Creek High School.
Jayden Lopez (two RBI, two runs, double) had the big hit of the frame for Northgate, doubling in Anthony Flores (2 for 3, two runs) and Evan Jeffery (two runs) and Abrew singled in Lopez.
Northgate used a five-hit third to put up six runs. Salmes had a two-RBI double, Abrew and Ivan Vieira each had an RBI single with John Perazzo and Flores each getting a single. Tyler Looney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Evan Jeffery.
Northgate 18, Sunset 8 (5)
STOCKTON – Zac McCasland went 3 for 5 with three RBI, four runs and a double Saturday to lead Northgate to an opening-round mercy rule win.
Northgate ran its lead to 10-0 in the third inning, scoring four runs in both the first and third innings. McCasland, Jeffery and Calmes all singled and scored in the third. Northgate added five more runs in the fourth with no hits, taking advantage of Sunset mistakes. McCasland, Vieira, Krenz, Abrew (2 for 4, two runs, double) and Jayden Lopez all scored for Northgate in the fourth.
Rodriguez led off the Northgate fifth with a base hit and scored on Krenz’s single. Krenz came in on an Abrew single and McCasland doubled in Abrew, running the Northgate lead to 18-7. Sunset managed one run in the bottom of the frame but that was not enough to stave off Northgate winning by the mercy rule.