STOCKTON — The Tracy National 13- and 14-year-old All-Stars got redemption with a 16-4 victory against Lathrop in Wednesday night’s loser’s bracket game.
After a heartbreaking, hard-fought loss Tuesday to Tracy American, the National clobbered Lathrop’s pitching at bat throughout the entire game.
"We are in really good shape," Tracy National coach Kevin Trew said. "We have saved the majority of our pitching, and we are hitting exceptionally well. It is nice to come back and produce offensively after a game like that and give ourselves a chance to advance."
The National team wasted no time in the first inning when a Steven Skillsky double scored Tyler Trew. That was followed by Dominic D’Souza scoring on a throwing error and quickly making it 2-0 in favor of Tracy National.
Although Lathrop scored a run in the first inning, the National team quickly began to wear down its opponents, scoring seven runs in the second inning. D’Souza started the momentum with a double and proceeded to steal a base. He was driven in by Trew, whose triple gave the National a 3-1 lead. That was followed by an RBI base hit by Josh Wesely that scored Trew to make the score 4-1.
Skillsky followed Wesely’s hit with a base hit. After Justin King walked, Jeremy Campbell ripped an RBI that scored Wesely, making it 5-1. Nick Ramon’s double sent Skillsky and King home to conclude the scoring for the inning.
Lathrop bounced back in the third with another run to make it 7-2, but the National answered back when Wesely’s RBI double scored D’Souza and Trew, giving them a 9-2 advantage after three innings.
Lathrop charged back in the fourth with two runs to make the game 9-4. But despite Lathrop’s attempt at a comeback, it wasn’t enough.
Tracy National’s bats destroyed any chances of a comeback and abruptly ended the competitive phase of the game in the sixth inning. King started the rush when he drove in Wesely. A Robby Vaughn double then scored King to make it 11-4. Justin Dalrymple ripped a double that plated Jeremy Campbell and Vaughn. That was followed by another double by D’Souza that scored Ryan Taya and Dalrymple to make the score 15-4. Trew’s base hit drove in D’Souza and ended the scoring for the National in that inning.
"We had great hitting and pitching today, and the kids continue to play extremely hard," manager Kevin Trew said. "I am pretty confident that our team can compete and possibly win this."
The National earned the right to play in a rematch against Tracy American with a 13-0 victory in their second game Wednesday night. They will play at 5 p.m. today at Weston Ranch Park in Stockton.