Trying unsuccessfully to fight off problems in the field and at the plate, the Northgate Braves gave up six runs in the fifth inning to the Tracy American on the way to a 14-3 mercy rule win for the Yankees in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions at Northgate Little League’s Gillen Field.
Chase Henderson (2 for 4, home run, double, three RBI) hit a two-run home run for Tracy in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. In the second inning he hit a two-out single that should have scored one run, but due to throwing errors he came all the way around for three runs on the play to go ahead 5-1. The error bug continued in the fourth inning for Northgate with three two-out miscues leading to three more unearned runs and an 8-3 Tracy lead.
The wheels came off the Braves’ wagon in the fifth inning when Henderson, Ryan Dunniway and Ben Bloomfield each hit a ground-rule double to put the game out of reach with six runs.
Justin Severson (2 for 2, two doubles, two runs) doubled in the first inning for Northgate and scored on Willie Segura’s groundout to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1. Charlie Sanders reached on a two-out infield single for the Braves in the third and scored on Severson’s second double of the game. Severson got home on a wild pitch to make the score 5-3.
Trailing 14-3 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Braves needed two more runs to escape the mercy rule. With two outs Severson walked and Segura double to give Northgate runners at second and third, but that is how the game would end.