STOCKTON — The Northgate Dodgers put up four first-inning runs and never trailed Tuesday in a 9-4 win over the Spreckels Park Tigers in semifinal action of the District 67 Juniors Tournament of Champions at Paul E. Weston Park.
Benny Slaughter (3 for 5, three RBI) and Nate Rodriguez had RBI singles for the Dodgers in the first inning. Slaughter pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits, retiring the side in order in the second and fourth innings. Dennis Crum relieved Slaughter in the fifth and allowed two hits as well striking out six in three innings of work, including striking out the side in the fifth and retiring the last seven batters he faced.
Crum had an RBI triple in the seventh inning and came in to score with Zak McCasland (double, three runs) on a two-RBI single by Slaughter.
Danny Peters reached base four times for the Dodgers with an RBI double, being hit twice and walking once.
Twin brothers Mikey and Sonny Elder teamed up for three of the four Tigers runs. Sonny Elder (2 for 3, three RBI) knocked in Mikey Elder three times with a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly. Leadoff batter Mikey Elder walked to start the game, had an RBI double in the third that scored Cruz Richer and reached on a third-strike passed ball in the fifth, scoring all three times.
The Dodgers enjoyed two big defensive plays when Myresa Harper ran down a flyball in left field to rob Brycen Diego of an extra-base hit in the second inning in the sixth inning when shortstop McCasland ranged to his left on a grounder by Diego, dove to make the stop and rolled to his feet, gunning down Diego at first.
The Dodgers earned a trip to the championship round on Friday at 6 p.m. while the Tigers are in the consolation final at 6 p.m. Thursday with the winner of that game facing Northgate on Friday.
Salida Dodgers 12,
Weston Ranch Blue Jays 4
The Dodgers scored in every inning but the sixth to eliminate the Blue Jays from the tournament.
Kareem Williams tripled and stole home for Weston Ranch. Jarrod Rodriguez knocked in A.C. Chavez with a first-inning single and Chavez walked in the fifth, eventually working his way around to score.
Patrick Kendrick scored for Weston Ranch in the third inning.