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Brewers come up short in Spreckels championship game
Spreckels championship game
Nico Rietz of the Brewers is safe at home ahead of the tag by Troy Morrow of the A’s. The A’s topped the Brewers 9-8 for the Spreckels Park Juniors championship on Saturday at Morenzone Field. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

P.J. Pimental of the A’s singled in Roman Witt in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to tie the game and eventually came in to score on a passed ball for the 9-8 win over the Brewers and the Juniors’ championship for Spreckels Park Little League at Morenzone Field. 

 In the sixth inning with the bases loaded for the Brewers and two outs with the A’s leading 7-5, a bases-clearing double was taken out of the books when the umpire ruled that the batter was out due to throwing the bat and hitting the catcher. The game was played under protest from that point, and the ruling was eventually changed from a rule infraction to a judgment call by the umpire with judgment calls not able to be protested.

 Kevin Rosenblum (3 for 5, three RBI) belted a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to score Aiden Salcedo and Frank Teicheira followed by Xavier Palacios getting a single through the infield to plate Louis Sequiera (two runs), giving the Brewers an 8-7 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. 

 Back-to-back RBI doubles by Lucas Stackpole (2 for 3, RBI, double, two runs) and Tommy Miller (RBI, double, two runs) highlighted a three-run fifth for the A’s that included an RBI single by Troy Morrow (2 for 4, two RBI) that gave the A’s a 7-5 lead.

 Sequiera, Nico Rietz (two runs) and Blake Price took advantage of three errors and three walks by the A’s in the first inning to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead right out of the gate. In the bottom of the frame, Pimental singled in Izrael San Nicolas and came into score on an overthrow when stealing third, giving the A’s two runs to draw within 3-2. 

 The A’s will participate in the District 67 Tournament of Champions to begin in June with a date and venue to be announced. 


Northgate Little 

League Juniors

Rockies 15, Giants 0 (5)

 With Arthur Vasquez dominating from the bump, Sage Bordenave and and Shane Turpin combined for five RBI to lead the Rockies to the five-inning mercy rule win and with it the league championship. 

 Vasquez struck out 10 and allowed just three hits with two walks. Cody Lee (2 for 2, double) belted a two-out double for the Giants in the third inning for their first hit in two days against the Rockies.

 Bordenave was 2 for 3 with three RBI, a double and two runs and Turpin went 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs. Brandon Pine (RBI, two doubles, two runs), Alan Ortega (RBI, two runs) and Arthur Vasquez (three runs) were all 2 for 4 and Ace Avelar scored two runs. Aiden Hillard (run) reached base in both of his at-bats, singling and walking. 


Rockies 8, Giants 0

The Rockies used a four-run first inning to set the tone on Saturday. 

Avelar threw 6.1 innings of no-hit ball and Bordenave closed out the final two outs for a combined no-hitter and both scored twice with three stolen bases apiece. Turpin and Pine also scored twice.

Matt Miske and Lee pitched for the Giants with teammates Tyler Marinello and Josiah Reif each making great defensive plays. 

The Rockies will participate in the District 67 Tournament of Champions to begin in June with a date and venue to be announced. 


Northgate Majors Playoffs

Giants 4, A’s 3

 For the sixth time this season, the Giants scratched out a one-run win.

 Collins Schluer (2 for 3 RBI, double) singled home pinch runner Josh Ojeda in the bottom of the fifth with what proved to be the winning run for the Giants. 

 The A’s threatened in the sixth inning. With runners on second and third with one out, Giants reliever Adan Rosas got a strikeout and pop up to end the game. Rosas struck out five in three innings of relief.

 The A’s scored two in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by 10-year-old Payton Heath that scored George Mendoza and Aydan Harris. Heath started on the mound and struck out six in four innings.  

 The Giants got on the board in the third on an RBI double by Tyler Watkins (2 for 3, RBI, double) that scored Josh Ojeda. The A’s tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Noah Acosta (2 for 2, RBI, two doubles), scoring Cody Giguere.  The Giants reclaimed the lead with two more in the fourth on back-to-back triples by Rosas and Shane Lewis down the right field line with Lewis coming in to score on a throwing error.  

 Schluer started for the Giants and struck out four. Alijah Scott was the defensive hero for the Giants, starting a 5-3 double play in the third inning and he nailed a runner at the plate in the fourth on a relay from left field.  

 On Saturday the Giants advance to play the Brewers in the winner’s bracket final while the A’s play the Red Sox in an elimination game.