The Tracy American Intermediate All Stars’ early 3-0 lead in the Section 6 championship Sunday was overcome by a six-run fifth-inning rally by Mariposa, leaving Tracy American as runners-up at the conclusion of a 9-5 game in Los Banos.
Jordan Troche led the Tracy batters with a home run and a single as Tracy totaled nine base hits, including singles by Kyle Lopez, Nate Graf, Cody Lavagetto, Brendan Terry, Justin Siegel, Joshua Hernandez and Jacob Saint.
Lopez, the starting pitcher, gave up two hits, six walks and four runs and struck out seven batters in 4-1/3 innings. Jordan Troche , the reliever, gave up six hits and five runs, three of them earned, over 1-1/3 innings, and Saint pitched the last 1-1/3 innings and allowed one hit.
It was the third game between Tracy American and Mariposa in the four-team double-elimination tournament. Tracy came back up through the elimination bracket after losing to Mariposa on June 26 and forced a second championship game by beating Mariposa on Saturday.
Tracy American 9, Mariposa 8
Mariposa had an 8-2 lead in the first championship game Saturday before Tracy came up with a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to get within one run. Tracy scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Tracy’s 10 hits included four singles for Lopez and two singles and a double for Graf, who also batted in four runs. Starting pitcher Collin Heizer gave up five hits and eight runs, six of them earned, over 4-1/3 innings, and Ryan Cornier got the win after allowing no runs and two hits over 2-2/3 innings.
Tracy American 9, Morada 8
Tracy also came back from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Morada of Stockton in the elimination bracket Friday.
Tracy’s six-run sixth inning included a two-RBI single for Heizer, who helped bring the team within one run of Morada. Lavagetto gave Tracy the go-ahead run with a two-out, two-RBI double for the 9-8 final score.
Tracy’s 15 base hits also included a home run and a double for Siegel, three hits for Lopez and two hits each for Graf and Jordan Troche.
Mariposa 13, Tracy American 11
A 10-run rally in the third inning was the high point of Tracy American’s first game against Mariposa on June 26.
A series of errors in the fifth inning allowed Mariposa, then trailing 10-2, to launch a five-run rally. Mariposa scored three more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, winning 13-11.
Tracy’s hits included a single, a double and a triple for Graf. Jordan Troche doubled and batted in three runs.
Starting pitcher Manuel Troche threw 4-2/3 innings and allowed five hits and seven runs, two of them earned. Jordan Troche gave up six hits and three earned runs in 1-1/3 innings, and Saint allowed two hits and three runs, one of them earned, in one inning.
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