DINUBA — Nine fielding errors on the part of the Manteca Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars would tell the tale in an 8-7 loss to Santa Maria Saturday at
the Babe Ruth All-Star Central California State Tournament.
Zac Carrillo got the start on the bump for Manteca and turned in a gutty complete-game effort, scattering nine hits and striking out five.
But two fielding errors each in the third and sixth led to five unearned runs for Santa Maria.
“Zac Carillo did a great job,” Manteca assistant coach Darren Swift said. “He did his job, and should’ve gotten the win. But credit to him, it’s tough to maintain your composure when the defense is having an off-day, and he did. He stepped it up.”
Zach O’Leary led the way at the dish with a 2-for-4 effort including a pair of RBIs, while Andrew Rodgers also turned in a pair of knocks and two runs scored.
Anthony Louie added an RBI double and an RBI base on balls, and Ronnie Limas scored one on a free pass as well.
Carrillo helped his own cause with an RBI double in a two-run second.
Manteca had eight hits on the day, one shy of its total errors tally.
Manteca will face Hanford today at 2:30 p.m., and with a win will play a second game at 5, possibly against District 1 rival San Benito.