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Patterson Pirates sink Northgate A’s in Junior TOC final
Little League Junior TOC
Northgate's Matt Escarcega tags out Patterson's Michael Carter at third. - photo by Dave Campbell

STOCKTON — The Patterson Pirates defeated the Northgate A’s 8-1 Sunday afternoon in the title game of the District 67 Juniors Tournament of Champions at Paul Weston Park, and they did it the hard way.

After losing the opening game of the tournament, Patterson won its next six — including the final two over Northgate in less than 24 hours — and played seven games in eight days.

The A’s could manage just three singles by Julian Ledesma, Shane Lewis and Chris Rosales. They got their lone run in the fifth inning when Liam Ellis stole home on a delayed steal made possible by Rosales drawing a throw to second.

Mitchell Carter was 3 for 4 with two RBI for Patterson.

The District 67 Junior League All-Star Tournament begins next Tuesday, July 5 at Paul Weston Park with Patterson facing Mountain House at 5 p.m. and Northgate taking on Manteca at 8.

 

Pirates 4, A’s 2

The Northgate bats were quiet until the sixth inning Saturday night.

The A’s managed to cut the Patterson lead in half, and in the seventh they got the walk-off run to the plate but came up short with a groundout to end the game, forcing the winner-take-all contest.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Northgate’s Andrew Salmeron reached on a single and scored on Ledesma’s triple. Ledesma came in on Anthony Oteri’s groundout to make the score 4-2.

Liam Ellis reached on an error to kick off the A’s seventh. Shane Saenz was hit by a pitch and both were advanced 90 feet on Branden Knott’s sacrifice bunt to give Northgate runners at second at third with one out.

That was as close as the A’s would get as the next two batters struck out and grounded out to end the game.

Leading 2-0 going into the third, Andrew Garcia (2 for 2, double, triple, two RBI, two runs) doubled in Tyler Thorp (RBI, run) and Logan Lund to bump the Pirates lead to 4-0.