LATHROP — When Spreckels Park squares off tonight against Northgate in the championship round of the District 67 9-11 All Star Tournament at Mossdale Landing Park, second baseman Ryan McIntyre will be a big reason why.
With the score tied Thursday in the bottom of the sixth and the bases loaded for Manteca with two out, Jace Quitasol hit a screaming grounder up the middle that looked as if it would end the game. Somehow, McIntyre ranged to his right, stopped the ball and got the force at second.
This gave Spreckels Park one more chance and it made the best of it, winning the consolation final 6-5 in seven innings.
Anthony Grady doubled to lead off the seventh for Spreckels Park, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jay Arnoldus. Ian Burk pitched a shutdown bottom of the seventh cementing the win for Spreckels Park.
Jayden Morales (2 for 4, two RBI, double, two runs) had two RBI hits for Spreckels Park, singling in Jacob Morrow (two runs) in the first inning and doubling in Morrow and McIntyre in the fifth. Carter Thornton (2 for 4, RBI) singled in Morales in the first and Morales also scored in the fifth on a two-out error off the bat of Arnoldus, tying the score at 5-5.
Hayden Coronado (2 for 4, two RBI, double) highlighted a four-run third for Manteca, lacing a two-RBI single that scored Quitasol and Preston Smith (RBI, run). Smith singled in Eddie Anthony (2 for 5, two runs) and Quitasol plated Isiah Lynch on an error to put Manteca ahead 4-2. Anthony scored in the fourth on an error to make the score 5-2.
Spreckels Park faces Northgate today at 5:30 p.m. and must win to force a winner-take-all game Saturday morning or Northgate will be the champion.
Spreckels Park 19, Tracy 12
TRACY — Spreckels Park put up six runs in the second and fourth innings in the consolation win at Legacy Fields.
Jackson Fay (two runs) had a home run for Spreckels Park. A.J. Chapman (three runs) and James Burns (RBI, two runs) were both 2 for 4. Julian Ruiz scored three runs with Ryan Reyes, Cody Camarena and Daniel Sandoval each scoring three runs.
Spreckels Park faces either Patterson or Manteca this afternoon at 5:30.