With Lathrop Phillies ace Rueben Lopez out of pitches with two outs in the fifth inning, the Spreckels Park Tigers took full advantage and added two insurance runs on the way to a 3-1 win in opening-round action in the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League on Saturday.
Spreckels Park’s Alex Serrano snuck a grounder between second and third to give the Tigers a runner with two outs in the fifth. Chad Simas (2 for 3, three RBI, home run, double) then hit a towering shot to the left-field fence and came all the way around to score with an inside-the-park home run to put Spreckels Park ahead 3-0.
Lopez threw 4.2 innings, allowing one run while striking out 13 and giving up just three hits. Lopez struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings with two strikeouts in the first and fifth innings.
Jace Neto drew a one-out walk for the Tigers in the third inning and scored on Simas’ ground-rule double for a 1-0 lead. Jaysen Martinez tripled to lead off the Spreckels Park second but was left stranded at third when Lopez struck out the side.
Simas pitched the first three innings, striking out six against one hit and one walk. He struck out the side in order in the first inning.
Cash Orndoff doubled to lead off the sixth inning for the Phillies, took third on a wild pitch and came in to score on Frank Hoffman’s groundout.
Lathrop faces Patterson today on Bassi Field in an elimination game and Thursday the Tigers square off with Manteca in a winner’s bracket contest. Both games are at 5:30 p.m. on Bassi Field.
Manteca Braves 16, Mountain House A’s 0
Fabian Nuno had a standout game Saturday for the Braves at the plate and on the mound at Northgate Little League’s Bassi Field.
Nuno was 3 for 4 with a triple, double and four RBI and was part the pitching trio that included Caleb McKelvie and Kaiyan Masudi that combined to allow just one base runner in the shutout.
Masudi notched three RBI on a bases-clearing triple that nearly got out of the park. Jeremy Cross was 2 for 2 with three RBI and Mykal Cerna went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double.
Manteca downed Tracy 14-0 Monday in second-round action.
Spreckels Park Braves 17, Lathrop Black and Gold 0
Christopher Stackpole and Ryan McIntyre combined to no-hit Lathrop on Sunday with Stackpole throwing three innings and McIntyre one in the a four-inning mercy-rule-shortened quarterfinal contest at Paul Weston Park in Stockton.
The Braves used a balanced attack to put up six runs in both the first and second innings and five runs in the third.
Jacob Morrow (three runs, five stolen bases) and McIntyre (run, three stolen bases) were both 3 for 4 with two RBI for Spreckels Park. Teagan Hutchison (two RBIs, two runs), Ryan Reyes (RBI, three runs) and Sam Perez (run) were 2 for 4 with two stolen bases 2-4; Malikai Lopez (two runs) and Stackpole (run), each had two RBI and two stolen bases; Josh Graves (two runs, two stolen bases) and Isaac Green (stolen base) each had an RBI and Jacob Trayer (two stolen bases) and David Wood (stolen base) each scored a run,
The Braves play the Northgate A’s in a semifinal contest today at 7:30 p.m.
Manteca Giants 8, Ripon Phillies 2
Laytin Cozby and Xavier Hardiman hurled four strikeouts apiece and Roman Christensen fanned six for the Giants in opening-round action in Patterson at the T.W. Patterson Sports complex.
Christensen knocked in three runs and scored two with the three RBI coming on an inside-the-park home run that got Manteca going in the second inning. Isiah Todd added two RBI in the fourth inning.
Terrance Montgomery came up big for the Giants in center field in the fourth inning. He came in hard to make a catch on a fly ball and was able to get the ball hack into the infield for a double play at first base.