LATHROP – Held scoreless by Weston Ranch in the first three innings Saturday, Spreckels Park exploded for six runs in the fourth inning and another five in the fourth on the way to a 16-11 win in opening-round action of the Little League District 67 Juniors All-Star Tournament at Mossdale Landing Park in Lathrop.
Brycen Diego had the big bat for Spreckels Park, going 2 for 4 with three RBI, including a two-RBI single. Steven Aquila added a two-RBI double and scored three times while Zac Cook knocked in a run, scored two and walked three times.
Dustin Tinsley reached base five times for Weston Ranch, going 4 for 5 with two doubles and four runs. Steven Vasquez went 2 for 2 with three runs and Ayden Tinsley was 2 for 5 with a run.
The two teams meet again today in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m.
Northgate 16, Manteca 1 (4)
Northgate broke open a one-run game with nine runs in the third Saturday before coasting to the mercy rule win in the fourth.
Leadoff batter Zac McCasland was on fire for Northgate, going 3 for 3 with an RBI, double and four runs and Dylan Lee went 2 for 3 with a double and a run. Anthony Flores scored three times and Evan Jeffery added two runs as part of the patient Northgate attack that drew 14 free passes.
Sammy Veuve led off the game for Manteca with a single and eventually scored when Eddie Sanchez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Reese George had the only other hit for Manteca.
Northgate advances to the championship semifinal Tuesday against Salida.
Salida 13, Spreckels Park 1 (5)
Salida scored nine first-inning runs Sunday and coasted to the mercy rule win.
Kevin Rosenblum led off the Spreckels Park fifth with a four-pitch walk and came in on a two-out single by Aquila (2 for 3, RBI).
Salida and Northgate play Tuesday in the championship semifinal and Spreckels Park faces Weston Ranch today in an elimination game with both contests beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Seniors All Stars
Spreckels Park 5, Tracy Nationals 2
TRACY – Jessie Davis pitched four shutout innings and struck out nine Saturday to lead Spreckels Park to the District 67 championship and keeping his team’s record perfect at 12-0.
Spreckels Park enjoyed a three-run fifth with Jordan Ordaz and Deshon Thomas (double, triple) driving in runs in the frame.
Thomas was named MVP of the tournament, due in part to his grand-slam home run Thursday in a 9-4 win for Spreckels Park over Tracy Nationals.
Spreckels Park advances to the Section championship on Saturday in Turlock.
Seniors Tournament of Champions
Spreckels Park 11,
Tracy National 0 (5)
TRACY – Louis Aquila and Kenny Kuwada combined for a two-hit shutout Sunday and Spreckels Park belted two home runs in the mercy rule championship win.
Aquila started on the mound and pitched three innings, striking out seven and allowing two hits while walking two. Kuwada hurled the last two innings, allowing no hits while striking out four.
Zach Fonseca and Davies each had a home run for Spreckels Park while Davies and Jakob Lopez both had two hits.