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Northgate Cardinals win Minors TOC title
Northgate Cardinals beat the Manteca Tigers 14-1 for the championship in the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

With Tyler Looney keeping the Manteca Tigers bats quiet and the Northgate Cardinals bats lighting up the diamond, the Cardinals won the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions 14-1 in a mercy-rule four-inning contest Saturday at Brock Elliott School.

 Looney pitched into the fourth and allowed just one run when he hit Zach Johnson in the third inning with the bases loaded, plating Danny Alvarez. After giving up a leadoff infield single to Ryan Nelson in the fourth, Looney was relieved by Damien Gomez who struck out three batters in a row to end the game. Looney struck out four against three hits with Alex Murrietta and Johnson getting the other two Tigers hits.

 As a result of the five-run-per-inning limit the Cardinals only made two outs in their first two at-bats. Kyle VanArsdell led off the Northgate first with a walk followed by singles from Luke Abrew (2 for 2), Jack Cunial, Looney and Nolan mix with Mix (2 for 2, three RBI) knocking in two runs and Cunial and Looney one apiece. Two hits accounted for the five Cardinals runs in the second inning – a two-RBI single by VanArsdell and a bases-clearing single by Jacob Garcia.

 Davion Conrad (2 for 2, double, two RBI) doubled in two runs in the fourth for Northgate and Mix singled in one.