LATHROP — It is win-or-go-home time.
As a result of Northgate’s 10-0, four-inning thumping of Tracy American on Friday in Little League District 67 Majors All- Star championship-round action at Mossdale Landing Park, the two teams meet again today at noon with the winner advancing to the Section 6 All Star Tournament in San Andreas on Saturday.
Willie Segura did it all for Northgate. He belted two home runs, going 2 for 3 with four RBI. He went the distance on the hill, striking out seven while walking none and allowing just three hits.
But his biggest play came on defense. Behind two errors, Tracy American loaded the bases with no outs in the third. Segura then fielded a line drive and looked to double up the runner at third. He did not think that would be successful, so he rotated 180 degrees and got the double play at first. Segura struck out the next batter to end Tracy American’s best threat.
Leading 3-0 entering the fourth inning, Northgate put up seven runs in part behind two home runs. Anthony Enos came off the bench to start the frame off with a home run. Following back-to-back walks to Dylan Stokes and Ryan Vanarsdell, Evan Jeffery hit a pinch-hit RBI double and Segura emptied the bases with a three-run home run for an 8-0 lead.
Nolan Calmes singled in Benny Slaughter and came in to score on a wild pitch for the 10th run, and that held up for the mercy rule win then Segura struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth.
Vanarsdell led off the game by reaching on an error and scored on an error off of the bat of Anthony Flores. Following Segura’s lead-off home run in the third inning, Flores doubled and scored on a groundout by Nolan Calmes.
Tracy American 5
Leading 4-3 in the fifth inning, Northgate busted loose for six runs on six hits in the consolation contest at Paul Weston Park in Stockton.
Marcus Sequeira pitched six innings for Northgate, allowing two walks, seven hits and five runs with six strikeouts. Logan Harries came on in the seventh inning to close out the game.
Josh Grabowski went 4 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs. Logan Harries was 3 for 4 with two RBI, two runs, four stolen bases, Ramiro Suarez (two doubles, three RBI two runs) and Andrew Olivares (two-RBI triple, three stolen bases) were both 2 for 5 and Sequeira had an RBI, four stolen bases and a run.
Grabowski had seven putouts at first base. Olivares played great defense at shortstop with two putouts and two assists, Scotty Armstrong had one putout in center field with a shotgun throw to catcher Austin Orr to get the out at home.
Northgate faces Spreckels Park in the consolation semifinal this morning at 10.