TRACY — Northgate withstood a late rally from Manteca on Sunday and escaped the first game of the championship round of the District 67 8-10 All-Star Tournament with an 11-8 win at Legacy Fields, setting up a winner-take-all contest this afternoon at 5:30.
With one out in the Manteca sixth, Brody Carabello had an infield hit and Madden Melendez walked, setting up a two-RBI double by Luis Rivera to score Carabello and Melendez. Fabian Nuno then doubled in Rivera to bring Manteca within 11-8, but Daryl Carpenter got the final two Manteca batters to groundout to end the game
Northgate’s Ryan Allen had a big day at the plate, going 3-5 with three runs, including a three-run run home run in the second inning that got Northgate on the board.
Northgate played small ball in the fourth inning, using six singles to score four runs. Levi Baca (3 for 5, RBI, two runs), Ryan Alves (2 for 3, RBI two runs, walk), Carpenter (two RBI) and Andrew Salmeron all had run-scoring hits.
Northgate added three more in the fifth inning. Christian Jose had an RBI single, Baca stole home and Isaiah Ahio (2 for 4, two triples), RBI, run) hit his second triple of the game to drive home Alves.
Brayden Knott started on the hill and went three strong innings for Northgate, yielding just two runs while striking out five. Lincoln Coenenberg and Ryann Medina both had a hit and scored a run for Northgate. Aidan Pulled reached base twice and scored a run as well.
This was the sixth straight win for Northgate after an opening-round round and the contest today will be Northgate’s eighth game in 11 days.
Northgate 8, Lathrop 2
Baca kept Lathrop in check most of the game, allowing just two hits after Lathrop put up a two-run first in the consolation final on Saturday.
Baca finished with six strikeouts, allowing six hits with no walks, retiring nine in a row at one point. He had a stellar defense behind him led by Christian Jose in right field. Jose made two diving catches and pulled in a towering fly ball while going 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run.
In the fifth inning, Josiah Mejorado (2 for 3, run) gave Lathrop its first base runner in three innings when he snuck a two-out single into left field. Gabriel Ramirez – who successfully laid down a bunt in the first inning – tried it again, but Aidan Pullan charged from third and fired to second baseman Salmeron covering at first to end the inning.
With Lathrop leading 2-0 in the third inning and Salmeron on first, Medina (triple, RBI, two runs) belted a triple to the right-field corner, scoring Salmeron. Medina extended the play and slid into the catcher’s glove, knocking the ball loose and tying the game at 2-2. Baca (2 for 3, RBI, two runs) then singled and worked his way to third where Alves (double, three RBI, run) plated him on a fielder’s choice for a 3-2 lead Northgate would not relinquish.
Mejorado singled to start the game for Lathrop and Ramirez followed with a bunt single. Christian Dell’Osso plated Mejorado and Ramirez with a single but those were all the runs Lathrop could muster.
Northgate played an error-free game and did not strike out until the fifth inning.