For the fourth year in a row, the District 67 9-10-year-old All-Star Champion will be from Northgate Little League. The only question is, which Northgate team it will be.
Northgate Red emerged from the consolation bracket to square off with Northgate Blue on Monday night, winning 16-10. This sets up a winner-take-all finale this afternoon at 5:30 at Northgate’s Gillen Field.
Red tallied three doubles in the third inning that led to five runs. Cash Lee walked to start the frame and scored on a ground-rule double by D’Angelo Canela (2 for 3, two RBI, two doubles, two runs). Kila Day (two RBI) came up next and plated Canela with another ground- rule double. Nate Cedolini (2 for 2, three runs) singled and Quinn Martinez (2 for 5, two RBI, double, three runs) plated Day and Cedolini. Martinez ended up scoring on an error.
Red leadoff batter Blake Mount reached base and scored four times, singling once, walking twice and he was hit by a pitch. Collins Schluer was 3 for 4 with three RBI and Noah Navarro had two RBI.
Mount and Schluer kept Blue in check from the hill, each throwing three innings and giving up just four total hits but the Red defense yielded six errors.
In a three-run second for Blue, Nick Garcia had a two-run single that plated Devon Richardson and Richie Hughes. Davien Fagundes (two runs) had a one-out double in the frame and he scored when Richardson’s infield grounder was misplayed. Red led 4-3 after that inning and that was as close as Blue would come the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the sixth, Garcia was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and Ralphie Cabrera (two runs) walked. Both came in when a towering fly ball by Rudy Barney (two runs) was misplayed in the outfield and Barney scored on a single by Brayden Glasgow.
Section 6 Juniors
Spreckels Park 11,
If you manage to get on base against Spreckels Park’s Jakob Lopez, you need to stay on your toes.
Lopez pitched six strong innings Monday with eight strikeouts and only four walks. He also teamed up with first baseman Sonny Elder to pick off two Amador runners in consolation action at Tracy Ballpark.
Mikey Elder and Sonny Elder were both 3 for 4.
Spreckels Park faces Delta today at 5:30 p.m. and must beat Delta to face a winner-take-all contest on Wednesday.