Maddox Melendez has the nickname of “Mad Dog,” and he wore it well Friday night with a masterful pitching and hitting performance to lead the Manteca Giants to a 7-0 semifinal win over the Northgate Giants in the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions at Lincoln Park.
Melendez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. He started on the hill and pitched for 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out one. Eddie Anthony came on in relief in the fifth, getting the last two batters of the inning out and striking out the side in the sixth.
After singling in the first, Melendez came around to score on an error off the bat of Anthony (double, run). Nate Moore (2 for 3, three RBI, two doubles) doubled in Anthony to make the score 2-0. Moore had a two-RBI double in a three-run fourth, plating Melendez and Anthony. Chris Chavez (3 for 4, RBI, double, run) got the first Manteca run of the inning when he was singled in by Melendez.
Manteca’s Logan Lewis and Walter Siliezar walked in the second inning with Lewis scoring on a Chavez double and Siliezar coming in on the same play due to multiple overthrows.
Alijah Scott reached base three times for Northgate with a double, fielder’s choice and a walk.
Northgate faces either Spreckels Park or Salida today at noon with the winner taking on Manteca on Sunday at noon in the championship round.
Manteca 11, Lathrop 7
Madden Melendez had a powerful bat and a powerful arm to lead the Manteca White Sox to the semifinal win at Brock Elliott School.
Brody Carabello (two RBI, two doubles, hit by pitch, run) and Krish Sandu (RBI, two runs) were both 2 for 3 and 2 for 2 two while Brixton Menchaca-Ortiz (three RBI, triple, three runs) and Luis Sarabia (two RBI) were both 2 for 3.
Jacoby Salinas pitched two innings, striking out four for Manteca and got out of two bases-loaded jams, giving up no earned runs.
The White Sox face either Tracy American or Lathrop in the championship round Sunday morning at 9.