Eli Jimenez powered a deep single to center, scoring Carson Beck from third in the fourth inning Sunday to give the Northgate Cubs a 14-4 mercy-rule win over the Ripon A’s and the championship banner in the District 67 Tournament of Champions at Ripon’s Thiemann Athletic Park.
“It was a huge win,” Northgate coach Adam Allen said. “Obviously, coming into Ripon’s home turf was tough. They beat us on Thursday and our backs were against the wall. We had to beat them twice — yesterday and today — and my kids just fought, fought, fought.
“They just did their job and did everything us coaches asked of them. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They were absolutely incredible this whole tournament.
Ramirez led a 14-hit parade, going 3 for 3 with a double and a run. Beck (double, three runs), Brodie Kalin (double, two runs), Graham Allen (three runs) and Tristian Wilson (two runs) were all 2 for 2 for the Cubs.
Ripon managed just five hits with Bronson Dietrich getting two of those hits, going 2 for 2 with two doubles and a run. Hudson Rushing and Trent Koolhaas each had a hit and a run and Logan Alexander scored the other A’s run.
The District 67 11-and-under all-star tournament begins Saturday, July 2, in Salida and the 10-and-under tournament begins Tuesday, July 5, at Legacy Fields in Tracy.
Cubs 5, A’s 1
Three first-inning Northgate runs were all Cubs pitcher Beck would need Saturday to force the winner-take-all game.
Beck was phenomenal on the mound, going the distance totaling 11 strikeouts with no walks and three hits. He struck out the side twice, struck out six in a row and allowed just one ball out of the infield.
Allen led off the game for Northgate with a double and scored on an error off the bat of Eli Jimenez. Beck reached on an error and scored on a single by Dominic Vazquez (2 for 2, RBI, run) and Jimenez came in when Jordan Ullmer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for a 3-0 lead.
The Cubs added two more runs in the fourth. Trenton Fitzhugh and Vazquez singled with Fitzhugh scoring on an Ullmer groundout and Wilson legged out an infield single, scoring Vazquez to make the score 5-1.
Ripon staged a two-out rally in the third for its lone run. Rushing (2 for 3, run) singled and scored on Alexander’s single.