The Manteca White Sox capped a 24-0 season Sunday at Gillen Field with their 11-3 win over the Ripon Phillies in the District 67 Major League Tournament of Champions final.
“This is the first undefeated team I have ever coached,” White Sox coach Bubba Carabello. “And this is my last year coaching Little League. It is so great having my 10-year-old and 12-year old on this team as well.
“This group is the best Little League team I have ever seen from top to bottom, and pitching. We only allowed 33 runs all season and just four in TOCs. This was just a special, special group.”
Manteca defeated Ripon twice in the final three days of the tournament.
As has been the case throughout the tournament, Brody Carabello dominated on the mound and at the plate. He pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, striking out 14 and allowing just three hits and one earned run.
Brody Carabello blasted a grand-slam home run in the third inning, plating Bode Hiatt, Cash Orndoff and Blake Scalise. He added a two-RBI double in the second inning to score Brian Geer and Lucas Smith, finishing 2 for 3 with six RBI, a home run and a double. He nearly ended the game by the mercy rule in the fifth inning, but his bid for a second home run fell short and was caught at the center-field fence.
Brennan McMichael went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Logan Qualls tripled for Manteca.
While the Phillies lost to the White Sox two games in a row, they did something nobody else in the tournament did – they did not succumb to the mercy rule and took both games to the distance.
Trenton Cloward (2 for 3, double, run) got the ball rolling for Ripon in the top of the first with a leadoff double. He came in on a double by Ethan Vander Plaats (2 for 3, RBI, triple, double, run) for an early 1-0 Phillies lead. Ryder Heuvel reached on an error for Ripon in the fourth inning and came around to score on a combination of wild pitches and passed balls to make the score 10-2.
After Brody Carabello left in the sixth inning, Vander Plaats tripled and came in on Jacob Hern’s ground-rule double for the final run of the game.
Manteca will face Patterson in the District 67 All-Star Tournament on Wednesday, July 6, and on Thursday, July 7, Ripon will play Northgate. Both games are at 6 p.m. at Legacy Fields in Tracy.