PATTERSON — After emerging from the consolation bracket, the Manteca Giants scored the inning-maximum of five runs three times Saturday on the way to rolling to an 18-1 four-inning mercy-rule- shortened thumping of the Mountain House Cardinals at the T.W. Patterson Sports Complex. The Giants win sets up a winner-take-all contest for the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions championship banner on Monday at 6 p.m.
Terrance Montgomery (3 for 3, two RBI, home run, double) got the ball rolling for Manteca in the first inning with an inside-the-park home run for a 1-0 lead. Brian Geer (2 for 2, three RBI, three runs) singled in Dominick Kotta and then came in to score on an error to make the score 3-0 after one inning, the only frame the Giants did not score three runs.
Kotta added a two-RBI triple in the third inning when Victor Nuno and Xavier Hardiman had RBI singles. Isaiah Todd ended the second inning with a two-RBI double and after five walks and a hit batter in the fourth inning, Montgomery doubled in Matthew Barber for Manteca’s final run.
Xavier Hardiman (two runs, RBI) went the first 2.2 innings for the Giants, striking out five with two hits, no walks and no runs.
Aydin Karakateli snuck a grounder through the middle of the infield that knocked in Patterson’s only run with two outs in the fourth inning.