By DAVE CAMPBELL
STOCKTON – The Northgate 9-10 All Stars pitchers respond well to pressure.
In their 12-6 consolation win over Amador East-Jackson on Sunday in the District 6 All Star Tournament at Morada Little League, three of the six pitchers used by Northgate came into the game with runners in scoring position – twice with the bases loaded – and all three times the damage was curtailed.
Tyler Toste took the hill in the second inning with three across for Amador East, the bases loaded and one out. Toste struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Noah Calmes replaced Toste in the third with a runner on second and two out and he struck out the next batter.
After Amador East scored three in the fifth to come within 9-6, John Perazzo went to the mound with the bases loaded and two out. He shut down the last Amador East threat of the night with a strikeout and added two more in the sixth inning.
Perazzo did the job of a good leadoff batter, getting on base all five times he came up via three walks, an error and an RBI single. His RBI single was one of three in a three-run sixth with Ivan Vieira and Calmes getting the other two that ran the Northgate lead back to six at 12-6.
Dylan Lee anchored the bottom of the Northgate order, hitting out of the No. 9 hole and going 3 for 4 with two doubles. Teammate Ashton Heath reached base three times and had an RBI double.
Northgate plays in the consolation final tonight at 5:30 at Morada Little League.
Northgate managed just five hits in the opener on Saturday.
Calmes had two hits while Lee, Jack Cunial and Ivan Alvarez had one apiece.
10-11 All Stars
Woods Creek 0
Following a disappointing 21-12 loss to Turlock on Saturday to start the tournament in Valley Springs on Saturday, the Northgate bats came alive in the five-run mercy-rule-shortened game.
Carlos Alvarez was 3 for 3 with a home run, triple and double; Willie Segura was 3 for 4 with home run and a double and Mitch Lill had a solo home run. Along with Lill’s home run, NolanCalmes, Ryan Vanarsdell, Luke Weaver and Benny Slaughter had big hits in the fifth inning to get enough runs for the mercy rule.
Segura pitched 2.1 innings and had six strikeouts. Weaver and Jacob Toste split the pitching duties the rest of game and gave up three combined hits. giving up 3 hits
Northgate plays Sunrise-Stockton today at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation final.