STOCKTON — The Northgate majors all-stars set a new standard for the heart of an order Monday.
Nolan Mix, Greg Adams and Carson Sanders — batting in the Nos. 3-5 spots in that order — were a combined 11 for 12 with a home run, 10 RBI, three doubles and 10 runs to lead Northgate to a 16-2 four-inning thumping of Spreckels Park for the District 67 10-12 year-old championship at Paul Weston Park.
“Those guys work extremely hard,” Northgate manager Mike Calmes said of Mix, Adams and Sanders. “They’re great at making adjustments during their at-bats.
“Even with two strikes they keep the same approach, same good, hard swing. It’s that consistency that allows them to have success.”
This is the last year for Calmes in Northgate.
“This felt good,” Calmes said. “Just because I have seen these guys since T-ball. You put your heart into something and you show the kids that you love them and great things happen.
“You don’t lose kids to travel ball when you show them that you care about them, and that’s why we have been able to have success is because we do everything we can to make sure they have fun at Northgate.”
Mix and Sanders were both 4 for 4, with Mix knocking in five runs and scoring four with a home run and Sanders scoring three runs and tallying an RBI. Adams had three doubles, knocking in two runs and scoring two while going 3 for 4.
“Right off of warm-ups we were talking about high energy going into the game,” Mix said. “Then we got into the game and we started to cheer each other on and I think that home run got us going.”
Ivan Alvarez and Caanen Showers were both 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run; Noah Calmes scores three runs, going 2 for 3 with a double and Zach Grabowski scoring two runs and hitting a double.
Grabowski took the first three innings on the hill for Northgate, allowing four hits and one run while striking out three. He was relieved for the final inning by Showers who gave up one run, one hit and struck out one. Northgate did not yield a walk.
Noah Calmes doubled in the first inning and came home on Mix’s home run. Northgate sent 16 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring 10 runs with two doubles by Adams, a double by Alvarez and two hits from Mix, Sanders and Showers.
Both of Spreckels Park’s runs were set up by leadoff doubles. Tommy Miller led off the second with a double and scored on a groundout by Paul Pimentel Jr. and Pimentel Jr. had a ground-rule double to start the fourth, scoring on a groundout by Santino Flores.
Northgate advances to the Section 6 Tournament Saturday in Turlock.
Spreckels Park 6, Porterville 0
VISALIA – Spreckels Park delivered a shutout for the second straight day, with Kenny Kuwada pitching four innings and allowing three hits while striking out four with no walks.
Louis Aquila went 3 for 4 and Jakob Lopez was 2 for 3 to lead the 10-hit Spreckels Park attack. Mauricio Arnoldous and Deshon Thomas stole two bases apiece and Austin Frisk one.
Spreckels Park is now ranked No. 1 in Northern California, taking on No. 2 Oakland this afternoon in Visalia in the semifinals. The winner of that game will automatically play in the State Championship scheduled for Friday.
Spreckels Park 5, Mt. Eden 0
VISALIA — Mt. Eden of Hayward did not get a hit until there was one out left in the game Saturday.
Aquila was dominating on the mound for Spreckels Park, throwing five innings with no hits and no runs striking out eight and walking one. Jakob Lopez pitched the final two innings.
Spreckels Park tallied eight hits with Fonseca 2-3 and Aquila both going 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. Lopez had a double and three RBI. Thomas and Jessie Davies each had a stolen base.