LATHROP — Zach Grabowski helped pace the Northgate Dodgers past the Spreckels Park Orioles in Tuesday's Little League District 67 Major Division TOC in Lathrop.
Northgate held on for the 9-5 win at the game played at Mossdale Landing Park.
Grabowski, who was the starting and winning pitcher, allowed just one hit while fanning nine and walking four in his four innings of work.
The only hit he surrendered was from a two-run home run to his pitching counterpart Troy Morrow in the third.
"Zach hit and he pitched well today," said assistant coach Mike Calmes, who was filling in for the younger Mike Calmes, the Dodgers head coach.
Grabowski drove in three runs thanks to a pair of triples.
Northgate also received some solid defense, in particular, from infielder Robbie Espinosa, who not only snagged a hard-hit grounder in the fifth but turned the double play.
Dpwn 9-2, Spreckels Park rallied for three runs in its final at-bat to make the game interesting.
"That's a tough team,' said Orioles coach Jeff Morrow, whose team will play this evening at Mossdale Landing at 5:30. "We just kept on fighting."
Spreckels Park (2-1) will need a win to stay alive in tournament play.
"We have to hustle out there. We also can't sit around and take strike three," Morrow added.
Northgate (2-0) has been on a roll for the past few weeks.
Calmes is hoping for that momentum to spill over to Friday's pivotal game against a tough Manteca LL Giants squad. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Dodgers took the early lead in the first inning on Grabowski's two-run triple. Noah Calmes got the two-out rally going with a single.
They tacked on two more runs in the second. Brock Felt and Blake Glasgow led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Both scored, with Seth Baker coming through with an RBI hit.
The Orioles, down 4-0, cut the deficit in half in the third. Logan Brown drew a lead-off walk and scored on Morrow's inside-the-park-homer.
Northgate padded its lead in the fourth by scoring five runs on six hits. Bryan Tankersley, and Baker both singled while Kyle Van Arsdell plated one run with a hit. Grabowski had the big hit, delivering a two-run triple. He came home on Greg Adams' double.
Espinosa made it 9-2 with his RBI single.
"We lost some of our focus late in the game," said assistant coach Calmes.
Sloppy defense by the Dodgers enabled the Orioles to get their first three batters on base. Mike Gilmer drove in two with a trip