The local Central California Cal Ripen District 1 qualifier for the 10-and-under division started Saturday at Monte Vista Middle School, with the Tracy team taking two wins in a row, including a 15-2 win over Oakdale and a 17-0 win over Lodi.
Today’s semifinal game decides who moves on to the district championship game, to be played Saturday. Both teams in Saturday’s championship will also have a spot in the state tournament in Visalia starting July 16.
Tracy Babe Ruth entered two 8-and-under teams in the Cal Ripken State Invitational Tournament at Buchanan High in Clovis. The 8-and-under National team was eliminated in pool play after three games, and results for the 8-and-under American team were not available. The tournament started with 12 teams, six going into the single-elimination bracket Tuesday, with the championship game Thursday.
On Saturday, the National All-Stars and Bullard All-Stars went into the sixth inning tied 5-5 after Tracy National pitcher Noah Mainarick opened strong with seven strikeouts in the first three innings. The Bullard team scored two in the top of the sixth to take the lead and held on for the 7-5 win. Tracy National then lost 0-15 to the defending champions from Northwest Bakersfield on Sunday, and lost 12-23 to Clovis on Monday after they rallied from a 1-23 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Tracy also hosts a District 1 qualifier tournament with one Tracy team among six teams in the 12-and-under division. The Tracy team plays Friday against Ripon in the first round at Monte Vista Middle School, and the championship game will be July 8. The top two teams in the local tournament will head for the state championship tournament starting July 18 in Pismo Beach.
Tracy Babe Ruth has two more teams heading right to state tournaments. Tracy’s 11-and-under team is one of 10 teams that will begin their double-elimination tournament in Bakersfield on July 11.
The 9-and-under team will head to Fresno on July 14 to begin state tournament play with 11 other teams. After three days of pool play, the top six teams will move into a single-elimination bracket.