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SPLL juniors strike early in rout
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TRACY – Chase Sperbeck was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBI and teammate Brock Willenbrink was 2 for 2 with an RBI as part of a seven-hit Spreckels Park attack – all in the first inning.

The Spreckels Park juniors scored all of their runs in the first inning Sunday and coasted to a 12-1 win over Weston Ranch in the District 67 All-Star Tournament hosted by Tracy Little League at Monticello School.

After the first inning Spreckels Park managed just one hit when Hunter Frisk (2 for 3, RBI) singled in the fourth inning. The game ended in the fifth on the mercy rule.

Spreckels Park sent 16 players to the plate in the first inning. In addition to Sperbeck’s  and Willenbrink’s contributions, Frisk, Jared Bagley, Joseph Lomeli and Diego Duarte had one RBI in the big first inning and starting pitcher Craig Durao had a pair of RBI in the frame.

Durao pitched through four innings and gave up one unearned run and two hits.

Alex Rivera singled to lead off the second inning for Weston Ranch and scored on an error for his team’s lone run.

 Spreckels Park plays in a semifinal contest Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


Spreckels Park 26, Salida 3

Three RBI doubles in the first inning and a two-RBI triple in the second helped Spreckels Park rack up 16 runs in the first three innings of the 19-hit five-inning mercy-rule-shortened contest.

Willenbrink (3 for 4, two RBI), Frisk (2 for 4, three RBI), and J.T. Ortiz-Martinez (4 for 5, two RBI) had the RBI doubles with Sperbeck (3 for 3, three RBI)  and Josh Galvez both had an RBI single as part of the potent first inning. Sperbeck had the second-inning two-RBI triple and Kenny Wade was 2 for 2 with four RBI and five runs.



Manteca 11,
Weston Ranch 0

Isaiah Perez hit two home runs – and almost a third – to lead tournament host Manteca to the near-perfect four-inning win.

Ethan Johnson (five strikeouts) pitched three innings for Manteca and was relieved by Tyler Kiser in the fourth andManteca was a pitch away from a combined perfect game when Zachary Faltesek laced a two-out 2-2 offering to left-center field. Kiser struck out the next batter to end the game.

Perez had a three-run home run in the first inning and a solo shot in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to the left-field fence in the third inning to finish with five RBI. One batter before Perez in the fourth, Vince Hernandez hit a three-run home run.

Manteca leadoff batter Nico Ilardi was 2 for 2 with a walk and three runs and Kiser was 2 for 3 with two runs.

Manteca’s next game is a semifinal on Thursday at 5 p.m.


11-year-old Division

Northgate 3, Manteca 2

George Gaytan doubled in Josh Grabowski in the top of the eighth inning Saturday to spot Northgate to a one-run lead it would hold through the bottom of the frame to edge Manteca at Monticello School.

Ryan Borgeson came in to pitch for Northgate in the fourth inning and blanked Manteca the rest of the way, but he had to dig out of a hole in the bottom of the eighth. Briggs Alavezos walked and Ryan Zimmerman singled and the two ended up on second and third with no out. Borgeson struck out the next two batters and then induced a groundout to end the game. In 4 1/3 innings Borgeson struck out six, walked four and gave up just one hit.

Isaac Searcy and Gabe Ortiz walked to start off the Manteca fourth. Searcy came in on a double by Harley Boyton (2 for 3, double, RBI) and Ortiz scored on William Rocha’s groundout for a 2-0 Manteca lead.

In the fifth inning Borgeson scored on an error and Josh Hebert singled in Dennis Crum to knot the score at 2-2.   

Northgate played Salida on Sunday and results were not available at press time and Manteca plays Weston Ranch today at 5:30 p.m.


9/10-year-old Division

Patterson 4, Northgate B 1

Five Northgate B errors led to the first three Patterson runs and Northgate left the bases loaded twice in the opening-round loss on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League on Saturday.

Trailing 4-0 going into the fifth, singles by Isaiah Roa and Tyler Looney and a fielder’s choice by Luke Abrew loaded the bases for an RBI by Tyler Toste, scoring Roa with one out for Northgate B. But two strikeouts ended the threat, leaving the bases loaded for three of the 11 runners Northgate B left on.

Looney and Jack Cunial (walk) were each 2 for 3 and Roa made a phenomenal play at shortstop. In the fourth inning with runners at the corners for Patterson and one away, Roa fielded a screaming ground ball, raked second and got the ball to first in time for an inning-ending double play, keeping Patterson off the board.

Northgate B plays Salida B today at 5:30 p.m.


Manteca 3,
Tracy American 2

Ricky Lopez belted a walk-off double in the seventh inning Sunday to plate Amrit Dehal for the thrilling come-from-behind win.

Dehal was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh and came in on Lopez’s double. Manteca trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth when Noah Stum was hit by a pitch and Chase Stephenson followed with a walk. After a double steal, Quino Gurrola  singled them both home to force extra innings.

Owen Scott kept Tracy off the board in the seventh inning, setting up the heroics in the bottom of the frame.

Manteca’s next game is a quarterfinal contest Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Manteca 12,
Weston Ranch 2

Manteca used a seven-run third inning to help post a four-inning mercy rule win.

Scott (3 for 3, three RBI),  Dehal and Stephenson each had a single in the big third for Manteca and Gurrola (2 for 3, double, triple, four RBI) tripled for the big hit of the frame.

Andrew Maldonado (2 for 2) had a walk-off double in the fourth inning, invoking the mercy rule with his hit.

Stephenson started and got the win for Manteca, striking out seven in three innings and giving up no earned runs. Scott pitched the fourth, striking out one with no earned runs.

After leaving the mound, Stephenson moved to second and with Weston Ranch runners at second and third with one out in the fourth Stephenson made a great play, leaping high to haul in a line drove, robbing Weston Ranch of two runs.


Northgate A 14, Salida A 1

Carlos Alvarez pitched three scoreless innings Sunday for Northgate and was also 3 for 3 with a double, triple, and three runs.

Ryan VanArsdell added to the Northgate attack going 2 for 3 with a double, triple, walk and three runs. Willie Segura was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs with Nolan Calmes and Jacob Toste each scoring two runs.

Other Saturday 9/10 scores: Salida A 7, Lathrop 1; Mountain House 10, Salida B 2. Tracy American A 6, Spreckels Park 4, Tracy National A 19, Tracy National B 10.