STOCKTON — The Spreckels Park Braves broke open a tie game with four fourth-inning runs, and thanks to the pitching of Ryan McIntyre held on for an 8-6 semifinal win over the Northgate A’s in the semifinals of the District 67 Juniors Tournament of Champions at Paul Weston Park.
With the score tied 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning and runners on second and third, Spreckels Park’s Jacob Morrow (two RBI, two runs) laced a single to score two runs. Ryan McIntyre (2 for 4, double, two runs) doubled Morrow to third and Morrow then stole home. McIntyre came in to score on an error off the bat of Ryan Reyes and the Braves led 8-4.
McIntyre buckled down after a three-run first for the A’s, sprinkling six hits over seven innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Starting in the second inning and ending in the sixth McIntyre retired 12 in a row.
Spreckels Park’s Teagan Hutchison was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Chris Chavez and Julian Ledesma led off the Northgate first with back-to-back singles. Ledesma (RBI, two runs) knocked in Chavez and came home when while stealing third the throw down sailed into left field. Anthony Oteri reached on an error and came home on Cash Lee’s single to give the A’s a 3-2 lead.
Northgate faces Patterson tonight in the consolation finals with the winner taking on Spreckels Park on Thursday. Both games are at 6 p.m.
Patterson 10, Ripon 6
After giving up three runs in the sixth inning, Ripon got one across in the seventh and had runners on second and third with one out. in the seventh. Armani Navarro took the mound for Patterson and struck out the first batter he faced and induced a pop up to the second to stay alive in the tournament and end Ripon’s season.
Landon Kackley reached base three times for Ripon and scored twice, getting a hit and two walks.