By DAVE CAMPBELL
Tournament host Northgate’s 10-2 victory over Mountain House on Wednesday forced a winner-take-all contest tonight in the District 67 9-10 All Star Tournament, and one person was responsible for six of the Northgate runs: No. 8 batter Noah Calmes.
With the top four of the Northgate order batting 6 for 15 with a walk, Calmes reached base every time he batted, going 3 for 4 with a fielder’s choice, a pair of doubles and six RBI. Calmes knocked in at least one run in each of his at-bats.
Ivan Vieira also reached base in each at-bat for Northgate, going 2 for 2 with two walks, a double and two runs.
Northate led 6-2 going into the sixth inning when eight runners in a row reached base. The on-base parade began with one out when John Perazzo, Jack Cunial (2 for 4, run) and Ashton Heath each singled to load the bases. Then came a pair of walks to Tyler Looney and Vieira to plate Perazzo and Cunial with Heath and Looney beating the throws home on a pair of fielder’s choices to Luke Abrew and Calmes.
Tyler Toste pitched 5.2 innings for Northgate and was forced to come out due to his pitch count. Looney came in to finish the game and induced a pop up to the only batter he faced.
Toste gave up five hits – three in a two-run third for Manteca – and at one time retired eight in a row. He had three strikeouts with no walks.
The two teams meet again today for the championship at 5:30 p.m. at Northgate Little League.