Pitchers Eddie Anthony and Chris Chavez of the Manteca Giants stifled the Northgate Giants bats on Sunday, not allowing a hit or a run until the sixth inning but by that point it was too little too late as Manteca came away with a 5-1 win and the won the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions at Lincoln Park.
“I’m proud of the way our boys battled,” Northgate coach Eric Alves said. “I was tough with Eddie (Anthony) and Chris Chavez), their two pitchers.
“We battled to the end, had a heck of a season and they are certainly worthy champions.”
Anthony started the game and was a walk away from three perfect innings, giving up no hits and striking out seven including the side in the first inning. Chavez struck out the side in the fourth and sixth innings and totaled eight strikeouts. He gave up two hits, a walk and a run in the sixth inning, but struck out two with the bases loaded to end the game.
“This feels pretty good,” Manteca coach Keith Texeira said. “The kids worked hard all year and I can’t say enough about them.
“We got upset by Spreckels Park 13-3 in the regular season, and that was our last loss. We never looked back after that – we weren’t going to lose again after that.”
Manteca wasted little time setting the tone, rapping out three runs on five hits in the first inning. Nate Moore (2 for 3, RBI, double) doubled in Anthony, Julian Oliveri singled in Moore snd Oliveri scored on a single by Jesse Bella (3 for 3, RBI).
Anthony (2 for 3, two RBI) plated Maddox Melendez in the second inning and Michael Valdez in the fourth.
Josh Ojeda led off the Northgate sixth with a walk. He took second on a single by Tyler Watkins and scored on an Adan Rosas single.
Northgate Giants 19, Spreckels Park 9 (5)
As part of a 17-hit attack, Rosas, Collins Schluer, and Alijah Scott combined to go 10-14 with 13 RBI and six runs with 10 different Giants scoring a run in the mercy-rule win on Saturday.
In the Giants eight-run second inning, Schluer tripled home two runs in front of a two-run home run off the bat of Scott. Rosas added a bases-clearing triple in the fifth. Shane Lewis hit a two-run double in the four-run third inning for the Giants and Brady Alves walked three times and scored two runs. Northgate’s Isaiah Yanez (4 for 5, double) and Tyler Watkins (two RBI, three runs) had three hits apiece.
Schluer entered in relief with the bases loaded and no out in the second innings and struck out three straight hitters to end the threat. Schluer pitched into the fifth inning.
Lathrop Phillies 7, Manteca White Sox 5 (7)
Trailing by three runs with two out in the fifth inning Saturday, Isaac Nunnally of the Phillies laced a two-RBI double that scored and Christian Dell’Osso and Gabriel Ramirez. Nunnally came in when Santiago Nuno was hit with the bases loaded, tying the game.
Dell’Osso (2 for 4, three runs) led off the seventh with a single, went to second on a passed ball and scored on an error off the bat of Cassius Orndoff. Nunnally (2 for 3, three RBI, run) singled in Orndoff for a 7-5 lead that Lathrop would not relinquish, forcing tonight’s winner-take-all game for the championship.
In the first inning, Ramirez (two runs) singled and eventually stole home. Dell’Osso reached on a fielder’s choice and worked his way to third when he came in on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brayden Dell’Osso for a 2-0 Phillies lead.
The White Sox responded with five runs in the bottom of the second. Brody Carabello (double, run) doubled to start the Manteca first, took third on a single by Jacob Salinas. Madden Melendez (2 for 3, two RBI) doubled in Carabello and Salinas (2 for 3, run) and he scored on an single by Brixton Ortiz.
Kris Sandhu (2 for 3, run) and Julian Garcia followed with back-to-back singles and came in on a single by Luis Sarabia (2 for 3, two RBI). That gave Manteca five runs in the inning, the most allowed by rule into the final inning.
The two teams play this evening for the championship at 5:30 at Brock Elliott School.