Three Tracy Little League teams, with District 67 titles in hand, were defeated in the early rounds of Section 3 play.
Tracy Babe Ruth teams finished their seasons at Central California Cal Ripken and Central California Babe Ruth state championship tournaments.
Tracy Little League
Mission San Jose 6, Tracy American 3
The Tracy Junior American All Stars finished their season Tuesday at Monticello School, with a chance to move to the next round in Section 3 tournament play just out of reach. With tying runs on base in the top of the seventh inning, Tracy American’s batters couldn’t get past the Mission San Jose All Stars’ outfield, and finished with a 6-3 loss. It follows Tracy’s 10-0 loss to Livermore National of District 57 on Sunday.
Tracy started with the lead in the top of the first inning. Antonio Gigliotti and Aidan Provenzano walked and Isaiah Blue singled. Nick Tobeck walked to bring in a run, Jared Finney singled to drive in another and Tomas Landeros hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 game.
Mission San Jose, representing District 14 in Fremont, rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third, collecting five singles and a walk and also hitting a couple sacrifice flies.
Tracy’s bats went cold after the first inning, with only two more base hits for the day, including another single for Provenzano in the second and a single for Devin Wilson in the fourth.
Tracy loaded the bases in the top of the sixth. Tyler Lawlis was hit by a pitch, but was picked off by the pitcher as he led too far off first base. Tyler Schlotter reached on a walk. Greg Guillen reached on an infield error as he hit a line drive at the pitcher, who got his glove on the ball, but the Mission San Jose second baseman who fielded it overthrew first base. The first baseman recovered the ball as pinch runner Thomas Greeley, in for Guillen, went for third, and the Mission San Jose third baseman made the tag for the second out. Devin Nelson also reached on an infield error and Gigliotti walked to load the bases before Mission San Jose got the third out on an infield grounder.
Mission San Jose put together a single, a sacrifice bunt and another single to score one more in the bottom of the sixth.
Tracy loaded the bases again in the top of the seventh as Tobeck and Landeros walked and Schlotter was hit by a pitch, but Tracy’s chances to bring in those runs ended as fly balls to the outfield.
Anthony Coulter, manager of the Tracy American team, said the players started off strong as soon as they formed as an all-star team and worked hard in practice as they went for the District 67 title.
“With only two weeks to prepare for the tournament we came out and won district,” Coulter said. “We didn’t play to our potential in our second (Section 3) game.”
He added that the team still showed determination in Tuesday’s game.
“This team just stuck together. They never gave up, and that’s the biggest thing to me.”
The Tracy Major National team was eliminated in two games in the Section 3 tournament in Danville, with an 11-3 loss in the opening game on Saturday to District 52, and a 3-0 loss to District 45 on Sunday.
The Tracy National team was knocked out of the Section 3 tournament in Fremont with two losses over the weekend. Saturday’s opening game was an 8-3 loss to Pacific American of District 52, and on Sunday Tracy National lost 4-3 to San Leandro of District 45.
Tracy Babe Ruth
The Tracy Babe Ruth 8-year-old All Stars went 2-1 in pool play last week at their Central California Cal Ripken state tournament, but once in the single-elimination bracket they were eliminated with a loss to Central on Thursday, July 14.
The Tracy Babe Ruth 9-year-old All Stars went 1-2 in their Central California Cal Ripken state tournament in Tulare last week. The Tracy team was eliminated with a loss to Hanford last Wednesday, July 13.
The Tracy Babe Ruth 14-year-old All Stars were eliminated from the Central California Babe Ruth state tournament on Sunday in San Luis Obispo. Tracy opened with an 8-7 win over host team San Luis Obispo on Friday and then lost 7-3 to Orcutt on Saturday. Tracy went on to play in the elimination bracket on Sunday and lost to Hanford 8-6.