Jayden Randle came up big for the Northgate Little League Red Sox on Thursday night.
Batting at the bottom of the order, Randle knocked in four runs and he made a diving catch that helped keep the A’s off the board in the fifth inning, as the Red Sox claimed Triple-A championship and a berth to the District 67 Tournament of Champions with their 10-2 win.
With no score going into the bottom of the second, the Red Sox drew four consecutive walks to start their half of the inning with Jalen Solseth walking in Aiden Pullen (RBI, run) for the game’s first run. Kellen Hansen followed with an infield single to plate Everett Patrick (RBI, two runs), bringing Randle (2 for 2, four RBI, double) to the plate with the bases loaded.
Randle belted a bases-clearing double, scoring Landyn Parker (two runs), Solseth and Hansen, giving the Red Sox a 5-0 lead with five runs in the inning, the maximum allowed by rule.
The Red Sox got three insurance runs in the fifth inning. Max Abrew (two runs) led off the frame with a single and Daryl Carpenter was hit by a pitch. Julianna Gasper advanced the runners with a groundout, and Pullen plated Abrew on a groundout. Patrick singled in Carpenter and came in to score on a single by Solseth.
Abrew walked in the second inning and went to second on a fielder’s choice by Carpenter. He took third on a passed ball and the throw to third sailed into the outfield, allowing Abrew to come home for a 6-0 lead. Parker scored in the fourth inning on a single by Randle to bump the Red Sox lead back up to 7-2.
After 1.2 innings of shutout work for the Red Sox by Carpenter, Gaspar came in and struck out three of the four batters she faced, giving way to Ryan Allen with two outs in the third inning. Allen went the rest of the way, allowing two runs in the fourth inning.
He sent the A’s down in order in the fifth and sixth innings, picking up all four of his strikeouts in the two frames. Randle helped with a diving catch to end the A’s fifth.
Kolby Johnson led off the fourth for the A’s with a single. He took second on a wild pitch, got to third on a groundout by Dominick Anato, and came home on an error off the bat of Julian Khoonsrivong. Xavier Apaiz reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a two-out single by Brayden Knott.
The Tournament of Champions begins Saturday, June 15 at Brock Elliott School.
Giants 8, Cubs 1
Pitching carried the Giants to the league championship and the District 67 TOC Thursday night at Lincoln Park.
Eddie Anthony struck out four in three innings for the Giants, allowing one run. Chris Chavez threw three shutout innings, fanning seven.
Anthony and Chavez were a force at the plate as well with Anthony driving in a pair of runs behind two triples and Chavez smashing two doubles. Fabian Nuno (RBI double), Maddox Melendez (RBI triple), Julian Oliveri (two hits, two RBI) and Jesse Bella (two hits, two RBI) rounded out the Giants offense.
The play of the game was when center fielder Walter Siliezar of the Giants raced to the gap on a line shot off the bat of Dan Dolin to rob him of extra bases.
For the Cubs, Quinn Martinez hit a single in the first inning and eventually ended up scoring on a Jace Quitasol single. The Cubs would not score again.
Manteca hosts the major-division TOC at Lincoln Park starting June 15.