STOCKTON – Amador East and Northgate had a home-run derby of their own Sunday, combining for 10 home runs in a 17-11 consolation win for Northgate in the Section 6 11-12-year-old All-Star Tournament on Bruneel Field at Christa McAuliffe Middle School.
With two Northgate home runs in the book already, Northgate hit three consecutive and four total home runs in the fourth inning. Tyler Looney (2 for 3, home run, three runs), Ivan Vieira (2 for 3, home run, three runs) and Justin Severson (2 for 2, home run, four runs) hit consecutive one-out home runs and Dylan Lee (2 for 2, two RBI, home run, two runs) came off the bench for a two-out shot to make the score 13-5.
Xavier Mendez (2 for 3, five RBI, home run, two runs) matched the fourth-inning Northgate production with just one swing in the second inning, hitting a grand-slam home run to plate John Perazzo, Vieira and Severson. Perazzo started the game off for Northgate with a home run and later in the first inning Mendez hit a sacrifice fly to score Looney and Jack Cunial (three RBI) singled in Vieira and Severson.
After Amador East had a grand slam of its own in the fifth to come within 13-11, Northgate came through with four insurance runs in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single by Lee that scored Looney, a sacrifice fly by Cunial to plate Severson and a two-RBI single by Tony Pretoni that scored Mendez and Lee.
Northgate has a consolation game today at 5:30 p.m. against Morada on Bruneel Field.
Turlock American 12, Northgate 4
Looney’s two-run home run in the top of the first inning Saturday was the high point for Northgate. Turlock answered with three in the bottom of the first and scored 11 through three innings to open the tournament.
Northgate had six hits with Looney getting three, adding a solo home run in the third to go 3 for 3 with two home runs and three RBI. Luke Abrew singled and scored on a groundout by Tyler Toste in the second inning. Perazzo had a second-inning single and Vieira had a two-out single in the fifth. Turlock retired the next four batters to end the game