SACRAMENTO — Manteca Little League’s senior all-stars were an inning and a half away from keeping their season alive on Wednesday, but San Lorenzo scratched across three runs for an 11-9 comeback victory in the consolation final of the Division II Tournament held at American River College.
Manteca led for the last time, 9-8, when Jonathan Murillo singled home Kyle Rachels (2 for 3) in the top of the sixth inning. San Lorenzo, which faced Oakland in the championship round Thursday night, kept Manteca from expanding the lead with an inning-ending double play.
San Lorenzo seized the lead for good in the bottom half, plating the tying run on an error and scoring the go-ahead on a squeeze bunt. After an RBI single widened the lead, center fielder Mitch Balmut limited the damage by throwing out a runner at the plate.
The District 67 and Section 6 champion finished 22-2 this summer with its only losses coming in the Northern California tourney. The Oakland-San Lorenzo winner advances to the Western Regional in Ontario starting this Sunday.
Manteca led for much of the game. Tyler Graves Kelso’s sacrifice fly followed by Murillo’s RBI fielder’s choice gave them a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Balmut (2 for 4) started the rally with a single.
After San Lorenzo staked a 3-2 advantage, Andrew Brunn clobbered a two-RBI double to highlight a three-run fourth, giving Manteca a 5-3 lead. Tyler Miloslovich later laced a two-run single in the fifth to make it 8-3.
Zack Chamberlain contributed an RBI hit, and Isaac Maldonado clubbed a double. Devin Sullivan pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out five while surrendering eight runs on eight hits and four walks.