The Tracy Little League American Intermediate All-Star team collected its second District 67 banner with a 9-8 win over Mountain House/Salida on Friday at Mossdale Community Park in Lathrop.
The Tracy American All Star team is made up of the same 12- and 13-year-old players who won the District 67 Intermediate Tournament of Champions the previous week.
Tracy got on the scoreboard first with Nate Graf’s three-run homer in the top of the first inning, but Mountain House/Salida came back with a six-run rally in the bottom of the first.
Another three-run homer, this time from Kyle Lopez, tied the game up 6-6 in the top of the second. Mountain House/Salida took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the third and another in the bottom of the fifth, pulling ahead 8-6.
Tracy put the tying runs on base in the top of the sixth as Brendan Terry singled and Joshua Hernandez. Lopez singled to scored Terry and move Hernandez to third, and Hernandez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 8-8. Lopez advanced to third on the play and scored the go-ahead run as Garrett Spruiell hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Starting pitcher Manuel Troce got the win after he went five innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. Graf got the save, allowing one hit and no runs over the last two innings.
Tracy lost to Mountain House/Salida in the first-round game on June 16, and had to beat Lathrop on June 18 in the double-elimination bracket and then beat Mountain House/Salida twice to win the District 67 banner.
Wins included a 16-6 victory on June 19, where Tracy American’s 19 hits included one home run each for Cody Lavagetto and Justin Siegel. Winning pitcher Collin Heizer gave up six runs, two of them earned, and struck out nine batters over six innings.
Next for the team is the Little League Section 6 All Star tournament, which begins on Sunday, June 29, in Los Banos.
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