Fernando Alaniz’s two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back with a solo home run in the sixth and held on for a 5-4 consolation win in the Little League Nor-Cal 9-10 All-Star Divisional Tournament at Joe Wagner Field in Larkspur, ending a spectacular post-season run for Northgate.
The fifth-inning double for Alaniz (3 for 3, double, two RBI) capped a two-out rally. After two strikeouts, Noah Calmes, Ashton Heath, Anthony Sy (2 for 3, double, RBI) and Nolan Mix (2 for 3) singled with Sy knocking in Calmes, leaving the bases loaded for Alaniz to plate Heath and Sy.
Heath singled to lead off the game for Northgate and scored on a double by Sy. Diego Gonzales doubled for Northgate.
Heath had two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings on the mound and Sy struck out four, pitching 2 2/3 innings.
Tri City of Rocklin 17, Northgate 10
Mix cleared the bases with a three-RBI double in the top of the fifth inning Saturday to come within two runs, but Tri City took advantage of four Northgate errors in the bottom of the frame to put up six runs on the way to an opening-round win.
Errors were costly early as well for Northgate with Tri City totaling eight runs in the second and third innings behind three errors for a 9-2 lead.
Blake Mount singled to start the fifth for Northgate. Gonzales (2 for 3, double, two runs) reached on an error and Zach Grabowski walked to load the bases. Sy (two RBI) walked in Gonzales and then Mix (2 for 3, double, five RBI) cleared the bases to come within 11-9.
Gonzales doubled in the fourth inning Northgate and scored on a single by Sy. Grabowski was hit by a pitch and Heath walked with both scoring on a single by Mix to make the score 9-5.
Brandon Pine doubled and scored on Blake Mount’s groundout in the second to tie the score at 1-1. Following a five-run second for Tri City, Sy walked in the third and came in on a double by Greggie Adams. Alaniz (2 for 4, run) singled for Northgate and came around to score on an error for the game’s last run.
In 12 post-season games, Northgate put up 130 runs to their opponents’ 57.