It was one heck of a sixth inning.
Spreckels Park and Northgate combined for 14 runs behind just five hits with eight walks and three errors, but in the end a fielder’s choice decided the game.
With the quarterfinal contest in the Little League District 67 10-11 All-Star Tournament tied in the bottom of the sixth and Northgate’s Anthony Avelar on third, Jack Cunial hit a grounder to shortstop just deep enough for Avelar to make it home for the thrilling 19-18 walk-off win at Brock Elliott School.
Spreckels Park entered the last inning trailing 15-8. Zac Cook reached on an error to start the frame, followed by a walk to Alex Gatty (2 for 3, double, three RBI, three runs) and a single to Nico Reitz (2 for 3, double, two runs) loaded the bases with one out. Three walks, three singles and two errors later, Spreckels had eight runs across and Reitz put the exclamation point on the rally with a two-RBI double and an 18-15 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the six, Ivan Vieira hit a bases-loaded single for Northgate to plate Luke Abrew. Dylan Lee reached on an error, plating Justin Severson and Tyler Looney (2 for 4, two RBI, three runs) and sending Avelar – who was running for Vieira – to third. Cunial battled to a 2-2 count before getting Avelar home.
Vieira did more than just single home a run in the pivotal sixth. The Northgate slugger had two powerful home runs along with a double and five RBI, scoring four runs.
Kainoa Ontai had a three-run home run for Spreckels Park and displayed his defensive prowess when he gunned down Dylan Lee at home from center field in the first inning. From left field for Spreckels Park in the fourth inning, Trey Moreland ended the frame with a double play when he caught a deep fly off the bat of John Perrazo and got the ball home to double up Josh Lewallen trying to score.
Spreckels Park faces Tracy National today at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinal with the winner advancing to the championship round against Northgate on Friday.