Tracy American A took advantage of five walks and a number of wild pitches and passed balls in the fourth inning to put up seven runs The rally was the difference in a 10-4 consolation win over Manteca in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
Amrit Dehal took the mound for Manteca with two out in the fourth with the bases loaded and six run already across. He would have escaped unscathed if not for a fielding miscue that allowed the first runner he faced to reach and knock in a run. Dehal finished the game on the hill and allowed one more run in the fifth before striking out the side in the sixth.
Tracy A took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Manteca’s Chase Stephenson cut that in half in the second when he hit a sacrifice fly to center, plating Dylan DePrater.
With two out in the second inning four Manteca batters reached base, with three of them being pinch hitters. Starting third baseman Max Gulart began the rally with an infield single to shortstop, setting up the pinch-hitting parade.
Jason Burch reached on a single and then Alex Murrietta belted a double, scoring Gulart and Burch. D.J. Garcia then drew a walk to load the bases before the inning ended on a groundout. Manteca got its other run in the fourth when Gulart hit Stephenson in.
The loss eliminated Manteca from the tournament.
“With 14 teams in the tournament we made it through the winner’s bracket for three games,” Manteca coach Randy Scott said. “And then we dropped two games in the loser’s bracket.
“We started strong with our hitting but came out a little flat with our hitting the last two games. But overall it was a great group of kids who came out to have fun and try their hardest.”
Tracy American A faces Northgate A today at 5:30 p.m. in the championship round and must win to force a winner-take-all tilt on Friday.