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Pitching depth helps Manteca 10U reach consolation semifinal
Manteca-Spreckels Park 10U
Blake Swanson of the Spreckels Park Minor League All-Stars slides into the tag of Manteca third baseman Austin Stirrat. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

TRACY — Manteca Little League’s Minor League All-Stars were able to save enough of their pitching for today’s District 67 Tournament consolation semifinal at Tracy Sports Complex.

They efficiently went through five different pitchers in downing cross-town rival Spreckels Park 14-7 on Friday. Manteca takes on Weston Ranch this morning at 10, and the winner advances to the final round — set for Sunday and, if necessary, Monday — where Ripon awaits.

Jace Reynolds (one inning, two strikeouts), A.J. Haines (1 1/3 IP, two Ks), Jakob Husband (1 1/3 IP, two Ks), Austin Hinton (1 1/3 IP, two Ks) and Lincoln Reynolds (one IP, one K) took turns on the bump, combining for a five-hitter.

Offensively, Kalalena Kanae Kaleimamahu reached in all three of his plate appearances — he was hit by pitches twice and walked once — and scored three runs. Husband went 2 for 2 with an RBI from the clean-up spot. Cash Junqueiro belted a two-run single in the second inning to give Manteca an early 5-1 lead, finishing 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Jace Reynolds, Lincoln Reynolds, Lucca Day and Jace Cozby each contributed an RBI.

Spreckels Park did well to stay in the game after giving up six runs in the third inning, which put them in an 11-3 hole. Piper Asuncion (two walks, two runs), Blake Swanson (2 for 3, RBI) and Jackson Reer (two walks, RBI) all scored with two outs in the bottom half.

Spreckels Park could only muster one more run the rest of the way, however, as Manteca continued to get solid relief pitching.