Manteca tallied seven runs in the final two innings Wednesday but that was not quite enough, as Spreckels Park held on for a 14-13 consolation win in the District 67 12-year-old All-Star Tournament at Manteca Little League’s Lincoln Park.
Trailing by two going into the bottom of the sixth, Manteca’s John Paul Campos hit a grounder too hot to handle and reached on an error. Wyatt DeFrenchi grounded out to first and advanced Campos to second.
Spreckels park pitcher Sante Duarte struck out Colton Stonum for what should have been the second out, but a dropped third strike coupled with an error to try to get Stonum at first allowed DeFrenchi to scamper home from second.
Stonum broke for second on the play and was cut down on a throw from Alex Gatty to Kainoa Ontai. Duarte struck out the next batter to end the game.
Ontai did the job of a leadoff hitter by reaching base and scoring four times, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, three doubles and a walk. Teammate Zac Cook also scored four times, belting a two-run home run and going 2 for 3 with three RBI.
Five of the six Manteca’s fifth-inning runs that tied the score at 12-12 game via extra-base hits highlighted by Stonum’s two-run home run that plated DeFrenchi. Ty Curry (2 for 4, two RBI, double, three runs) doubled in Andrew Maki and scored on a wild pitch, Nick Grabowski tripled in Colton Murillo who doubled in Carson Smith.
Murillo had a two-home run in the third inning and finished 2 for 4 with three RBI, a home run and a double.
Spreckels Park faces the winner of Wednesday’s Lathrop-Salida contest this evening at 7.
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Northgate sent 20 batters to the plate in the first inning of the consolation contest before coasting to the mercy victory in four innings in four innings at Northgate Little League’s Gillen Field.
Highlights of the Northgate first included a three-run home run by Fernando Alaniz while scoring two runs, Diego Gonzalez going 2 for 2 with a two-RBI double and two runs, an RBI triple by Nolan Mix with two runs and Zach Grabowski’s two-RBI double and one run.
Greg Adams singled in Brandon Pine (2 for 2, run) in the second inning and Grant sonke singled in Seth Baker in the third inning for Northgate’s last run.
Northgate plays Patterson this afternoon at 5:30.