STOCKTON — Sunrise hit four home runs — two within the first three at-bats of the game — and Manteca could not recover in an 11-4 loss of Monday’s elimination game in the 11-12 Section 6 All-Star Tournament at Western Little League’s Arnold L. Zuriglen Field.
“We had a good run,” Manteca coach Rob Gross said. “This just wasn’t our day today.”
Manteca never led. After Sunrise got its first three runs off the two first-inning homers, Manteca loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame on singles by Jacob Moon, Chase Costa and Dylan Gross and a fielder’s choice by Zach Chamberlain but could only produce one run, and that was when Moon stole home on a throwback to the pitcher.
Sunrise carried a 7-1 run into the fourth inning when Manteca rebounded for three runs. Isaac Maldonado and Ferrin Manuleleua singled to start the frame and Maldonado came home when Kenji Breitenbucher’s infield single was misplayed. Manuleleua and Breitenbucher scored on a Joey Santos single.
“We played well all season,” Gross said. “It was a long season, but it ended too soon.”
Delta 7, Manteca 5
In Turlock at Soderquist Field, Delta-Stockton broke a tie in the top of sixth inning with three runs and
In Turlock, Manteca had the tying run at second in the bottom of the final inning but could not get it across during what was its final game of the season Monday.
Tyler Kiser had the play of the game for Manteca in the top of the sixth when he kept Delta from blowing the game wide open with a running catch at the fence, robbing Delta of a home run and giving Manteca momentum heading into the bottom of the inning.
Jacob DeJesus singled and Vince Hernandez was hit by a pitch for Manteca in the bottom of the sixth, setting the table for Jacob DeFrenchi who hit a double that plated DeJesus to draw Manteca within 7-5. Unfortunately, that is how the game ended.
“Our kids fought hard,” Manteca coach Rob Tonna said. “Our pitching was good but in the end it just did not go our way. Delta definitely played hard.
In the bottom of the first trailing 2-0, DeJesus walked, Hernandez doubled and Defrenchi walked, leading to a base-clearing double for Wyatt Nicholson and a 3-2 Manteca lead. In the second inning, Hernandez doubled to score DeJesus for a 4-2 lead.