By DAVE CAMPBELL
STOCKTON – Manteca committed three errors in the first inning to start the Section 6 10-12 All-Star tournament Saturday, leading to four Linden runs and Manteca never recovered in a 14-1 four-inning loss at Christa McAuliffe Middle School.
Manteca, which managed just three hits, got on the board in the third inning. With one out, leadoff batter Quinn Martinez hit what appeared to be a single to left and stretched it into a double with a beautiful hook slide at second. Martinez took third on a single by Chris Chavez (2 for 2) and came home when Chavez was thrown out at second.
The Linden bats came alive in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs behind five hits and ending the game via the mercy rule when Manteca could not respond in the bottom of the frame.
Manteca played Sunday in a consolation game but the results were not available at press time.
8-10 Year Old
Turlock American 8, Manteca 2
Manteca trailed 3-2 entering the sixth when it committed four errors to allow Turlock American to pull away.
Pitching by Brixton Ortiz (three innings, five strikeouts), Fabian Nuno (two innings, strikeout), Jesse Garibay (1.2 innings two strikeouts), and Madden Melendez (.2 innings) along with six putouts by Brody Carabello help keep Manteca in the game.
Melendez went 2 for 3 with a run and a walk with Louis Rivera (walk) and Jesse Garibay (run) both going 1 for 2.
Manteca had problems finding the key hit, stranding seven runners in the first three innings while hitting the ball hard, but right at people.
Manteca plays a consolation game today at 5:30 p.m.
Hoover-Tyler of Stockton 0 (4)
In three innings of work Saturday to open the tournament, Rivera limited Hoover-Tyler to just one hit while striking out striking out six with no walks. Logan Romriell finished out the game, striking out the side before the game ended via the mercy rule.
The first three Manteca batters – Carabello (2 for 3, two runs), Melendez (RBI, run) and Rivera (2 for 2, RBI, two doubles, two runs) reached base and scored with Carabello sneaking a single between third and short and Melendez and Rivera both walking.
Carabello came home on a wild pitch, Melendez scored on a groundout by Nuno (two RBI, run) and Ortiz (2 for 3, RBI, two runs) singled in Rivera. Ortiz came in on a two-out single by Jacoby Salinas (2 for 3, RBI, run) for a 4-0 lead.
Felix Rodriguez (two RBI, run) came off the bench for Manteca in the third inning and had the big hit in the seven-run frame, lacing a two-RBI single to plate Mateo Ceja and Nuno. Salinas advanced to third on the play and when Hoover-Tyler bobbled the ball in the infield Salinas came home.