The Braves scored seven runs in the first two innings Friday and added three more in the fifth on the way to a 10-6 win over the Giants for the Northgate Little League minors championship and a berth in the District 67 Tournament of Champions.
Trey Herrera had the big bat for the Braves, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run. Aiden Howe was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs and leadoff batter Isaiah Barron reached base three times on a two-RBI single and a pair of walks with two runs.
Trailing 7-4, the Giants were threatening in the fifth inning with runners at the corners and no outs when leadoff batter Bryce Hinrichs belted a line drive back up the middle. Instead of scoring at least one run, Braves shortstop Caleb Tarr made a spectacular snag before the ball could get out of the infield, doubling up the runner on third and taking the wind out of the Giants’ sails.
The Giants did score two more in the sixth when Travis Ledger scooted home on an error off the bat of Julian Silva (RBI) and Levi Morris (2 for 3, two runs) scored on an infield single by Jaxon Messer (RBI).
Tarr and Howe split the pitching duties for the Braves with Tarr going the first 3.2 innings, striking out the side in order in the second inning and finishing with six strikeouts and five hits. Howe struck out three and allowed one hit.
Levi Morris went the first three innings for the Giants, striking out four and allowing six hits. Hinrichs struck out one and gave up a hit in the fourth and Jameson Hicks yielded four hits in the fifth.
Manteca Little League
Giants 14, Yankees 4
Isaiah Todd blasted a bases-clearing double in the seven-run sixth inning for the Giants which secured the minors championship and a berth in the District 67 Tournament of Champions.
Xavier Hardiman scored four runs for the Giants with Terrance Montgomery and Dom Kotta crossing the plate three times each.
Brach Carabello reached base three times for the Yankees and Sam Lucas scored twice.