Willie Segura racked up 12 strikeouts on Friday to lead the Braves to a 5-0 win over the White Sox for the Northgate Little League championship on Gillen Field.
Segura had at least one strikeout in every inning but the second before leaving after 5 1/3 innings due to reaching his pitch-count limit. Segura gave up two hits – one a double to Evan Jeffery in the fifth that gave the White Sox runners on second and third with no out.
Segura bore down and struck out the next three batters – the second time he struck out the side – and struck out the first batter in the sixth before exiting the mound. Charlie Sanders relieved Segura, giving up a hit and striking out one to close out the game.
The Braves scored three runs in the second inning. Tyler Looney led off with a walk and was followed by Josh Lewallen getting hit by a pitch. Both moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch and Looney came in on a fly ball by Sean Beauchamp that was dropped in the outfield. Lewallen scored on another wild pitch and Beauchamp scored on a ground-rule double down the right-field line by Justin Severson.
Lewallen reached on a fielder’s choice in the third, took second on an infield single by Beuchamp and scored on a single by Brayden Hibbs (2 for 2, RBI). Looney reached on a fifth-inning error, took second on a wild pitch and while taking third on a passed ball the throw to third sailed into left field, allowing Looney to score the last run of the game.
Leadoff batter Charlie Sanders was 2 for 3 for the Braves.
Northgate will host the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions beginning Saturday, June 18. The Braves will represent Northgate and enjoy a first-round bye and play at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 19 on Gillen Field against either Mountain House or Manteca.