Manteca White’s Xavier Guerrero singled home Andrew DeFrenchi in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday to give Manteca White a 5-4 walk-off win over Manteca Green in the first game of the best-of-three series for the Manteca Little League junior championship at Morenzone Field.
Manteca White took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning when Zenon Grey singled in Wyatt DeFrenchi and Grey scored on a single by Ezra Alvarado. Manteca White went ahead 2-1 in the third inning when with two outs Andrew DeFrenchi (2 for 4, two runs) legged out an infield single, was balked to second and scored on a single by Guerrero (2 for 4, two RBI, run). Guerrero scored on Ingraca Jayson’s single.
Manteca Green tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh when Aiden Lohmann (2 for 3, two runs) and Anthony Garcia walked to start the frame. Lohmann scored on a Michael George groundout and Andrew Robison (2 for 4, RBI) singled in Garcia. Manteca Green was in position to inflict more damage as it had the bases loaded with two outs when Wyatt DeFrenchi came through with a strikeout for Manteca White, ending the threat.
Lohmann tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth inning when he singled to start the inning, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and came home on an error. Brian Lopez gave Manteca Green a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he singled, went to third on a single by Andrew Murphy (2 for 2) and scooted home on a wild pitch.
The two teams continue the series on Saturday.