STOCKTON — The Manteca White juniors had problems keeping the ball in front of them Monday and committed eight errors in a 9-5 elimination loss to the Salida Dodgers in the District 67 Tournament of Champions at Paul E. Weston Park.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never trailed, scoring in every inning but the fourth.
Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the second, Manteca got on the board when Trace Buffalow (2 for 3, RBI, run) walked to start the frame and came in on a single by Joshua Dennis (2 for 3, RBI, double, run).
The White took advantage of Dodgers errors to get its next four runs. Anthony Garcia ended up on third to start the Manteca third when his bounder in front of the plate was overthrown to first. He scored on a Frederick Cruz groundout and then Sammy Veuve reached on an error and scored on Buffalow’s single, making the score 4-3.
Aaron Walraven got to first with one out in the White sixth and scored on a double by Dennis. On the throw home to try to get Walraven, Dennis took third and the throw to get him at third sailed into left field, allowing Dennis to score and bring Manteca within 7-5.
Sergio Gonzalez had a double for the White.
Braydon Bettencourt led the Dodgers, going 3 for 4 with two RBI, a double and three runs. Cruz Martinez was 3 for 4 with two RBI, a triple and a run.
Marlins 10, A’s 6
The A’s were scoreless through three innings and could not overcome a seven-run deficit as the Marlins won claimed the Manteca minors championship at Lincoln Park last Friday.
Isaac Jiminez led the Marlins offense, going 3 for 4 with a double and a run. Isaac Acuna (home run, three runs), Isiah Alcocer (triple, two runs) and Cole Martin (3 runs) were all 2 for 4 for the Marlins.
Eliseo Cervantes and Anthony Jiminez combined to throw nine strikeouts for the Marlins.
Dylan Stonum and Maddox Melendez shared the A’s pitching duties and struck out nine. Melendez (1 for 3), Stonum, Brandon Abernathy, Isaiah Lynch, and Ezekiel Sugura all scored a run for the A’s.
The Marlins will be the Manteca Little League representative in the District 67 Tournament of Champions beginning Saturday, June 17 hosted by Spreckels Park Little League.
Already the regular-season home run champion, Tyler Paul Wentworth won the inaugural home-run derby Saturday by sending 33 out of the park in three sessions – two of 90 seconds and one of two minutes.
Seth Van Dyk was second with 24, Eli Terpsma and Colton Murillo hit 14 apiece and J.P. Campos was fourth with 13.