TRACY – The cheers turns to jeers in a hurry for the Manteca Little League fans Sunday as the go-ahead run for their team was overturned late in the game and Delta-Stockton came away with a 9-8 win in semifinal action of the Section 6 Major All Star Tournament at Monticello School.
Manteca trailed 7-5 going into the fifth inning and put up a pair of two-out runs via back-to-back ground-rule-doubles by Jackson Brunn and Isaac Searcy that scored Max Gulart and Jackson Brunn.
Tyler Garlets followed with Manteca’s third consecutive double that appeared to score Searcy and give Manteca its No. 3 batter Briggs Alavezos (2 for 4, double, RBI) up next with Garlets on second base. On appeal from Delta, Searcy was ruled out due to collision interference, his run was taken off the board and the rally was done.
“It was a close play at the plate,” Manteca coach Brad Garlets said. “Initially he was called safe but the umpire reversed the call saying that the runner did not attempt to avoid contact.
“I saw it differently but we just have to keep battling.”
While that play was a big part of the Manteca loss, it was far from the defining moment. Manteca had multiple costly base-running errors and a defensive lapse in the bottom of the sixth led to Delta being able to steal home for the walk-off win.
Delta had multiple miscues of its own that helped lead to three runs in the first inning for Manteca. Searcy (2 for 4, two doubles, RBI) led off the game by reaching on an error followed by walks to Garlets and Garren Genilla (2 for 3, double, RBI). A passed ball scored both Seacy and Garlets and Genilla came in on a single by Austin Kovacs (2 for 4, home run, two RBI).
Manteca had doubles by Searcy, Alavezos and Genilla in the fourth inning with Searcy coming on off the bat of Alavezos and Genilla knocking in Alavezos. Kovacs added a solo home run in the sixth to tie the game at 8-8 only for Delta to get the walk-off win in the bottom of the frame.
Manteca must win its consolation game tonight at 5:30 to force a rematch with Delta on Tuesday.