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Northgate 9-10 All Stars trounce Manteca
Northgate As Willie Segura slaps the tag on Mantecas Chase Stephenson on Saturday in a 13-3 semifinal win on Gillen Field for Northgate A in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL /The Bulletin

The Northgate A 9-10 All-Star team is getting some time off.

 After three games in the week leading up to Saturday, Northgate A does not play again until Thursday after handling Manteca on Saturday on Gillen Field in the District 67 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.

Willie Segura stepped up in a big way for Northgate A. Carlos Alvarez started on the mound for Northgate A and pitched into the second inning when he took a hard line drive off of his non-throwing hand, forcing him off the mound.

Enter Segura gave up a hit in the second inning, a run on an error in the third and two more hits in fifth as part of an eight-strikeout performance. Segura was a beast at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a pair of two-RBI triples and five RBI in all.

Northgate A never traied, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Segura that plated leadoff batter Ryan Vanarsdell (3 for 4, RBI) and a two-RBI single by Anthony Flores (3 for 4, double, three RBI) that scored Nolan Calmes and Segura.

Manteca answered with two in the bottom of the first when Andrew Maldonado singled and Branden Molthen was hit by a pitch and both came around to score on a combination of passed balls and wild pitches.

 Manteca is idle until Wednesday when it plays in the consolation final at 5:30 p.m. with the winner of that tilt facing Northgate A on Thursday.