The A’s gave up a three-run lead in the top of the seventh Tuesday and battled back with two in the bottom of the frame to defeat the Phillies 5-3 in the first game of a best-of-three playoff series for Northgate Little League juniors at Agostini Field.
Zac McCasland singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the A’s, stole second and came home on a pair of wild pitches to tie the game. Ace Avelar (1 for 1, three walks, three runs) walked, stole second and came home on a single by Anthony Flores (2 for 4, two RBI) to end the game.
Flores singled in Avelar in the first inning and Avelar walked in the third inning, worked his way around to third and scored on an error for a 3-0 lead.
Justin Severson and Evan Jeffery were hit by pitches for the Phillies in the seventh and Tyler Looney walked to load the bases. Severson came home on a wild pitch, Jeffery was singled in by Ethan Ruff and Damian Gonzalez doubled in Looney and Ruff for a 4-3 lead.
A’s 9, Marlins 0
McCasland dominated on both sides of the plate, pitching a complete-game shutout and having a stellar offensive outing for the A’s in recent playoff action at Agostini Field.
McCasland allowed just two hits with five strike outs while going 4 for 4 with two RBI. He started the day’s scoring by racing home from second on a bunt by Avelar with Avelar reaching third on an error.
Also for the A’s, Lukas Krenz was 3 for 4 with a walk; Jayden Lopez (RBI, run), John Perazzo (two RBI) and Nick Ridgewell (two walks) were all 2 for 4 and Jesus Serrano added an RBI.
Spreckels Park 10, Tracy 0 (6)
Louis Aquila threw a six-inning perfect game for Spreckels Park in a mercy-rule blanking of Tracy in the second game of a double header.
Aquila struck out 10 with his defense — namely Blake Fonseca with seven assists or putouts –
doing the rest of the work, and Aquila ended the game with an RBI to end the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Spreckels Park totaled 15 hits and scored three runs in the fourth inning. Kenny Kuwada, Deshon Thomas (3 for 3, three RBI, two stolen bases), and Steven Eaves all drove in runs in the frame.
Thomas, Jayden Machado, Kuwada, and Jakob Lopez (two RBI) each had multiple hits for Spreckels Park and Mauricio Arnoldous stole two baces.
Spreckels Park 12, Tracy 0 (5)
Kuwada (four strikeouts, one hit) and Jayden Machado combined on a one-hitter for Spreckels Park.
Spreckels Park tallied six runs in the fifth inning with Kuwada, Lopez (2 for 3, three RBI), Arnoldous, Machado, and Jordan Ordaz getting home runs in the frame. Thomas had an RBI double in the first inning and Steven Eves tripled, scoring three times.