Tracy National had to overcome a 2-0 deficit to Tracy American in the fifth inning Friday. Tracy National did it with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth and scored five more in the bottom of the sixth to secure the lead.
“They just bore down and lifted their focus at the plate,” Tracy National manager Mike Armstrong said of his players, adding that once they got a couple hits and took advantage of Tracy American mistakes, the National team had the momentum.
Jonah Wesely started on the mound for Tracy National. Oscar Moreno took over in the third inning, holding the American team to just one more run for the win.
“I had a little pressure, but our defense helped me get my confidence up,” Moreno said.
Tracy American’s Robert Toste scored first when he got a base hit in the second inning and came around on a passed ball and a stolen base. Tracy American made it 2-0 in the fifth when Nathan VanKatwyk singled and scored on Devon Denholm’s double.
But Tracy National rallied in the bottom of the fifth, as Isamel Gutierrez singled, Moreno was hit by a pitch, Jordan Kirby singled to drive in a run and passed balls and steals yielded three more runs.
The National team scored five more in the sixth on hits from Eddie Lopez, Erich Hutchinson, Gutierrez, Moreno and a double down the third-base line from Tyler Cox.
But the struggle for Tracy National isn’t over — the team must beat Weston Ranch twice to win the District 67 championship. Weston Ranch remains undefeated in the tournament after knocking Tracy American into the losers bracket Wednesday in the semifinals. Tracy National plays Weston Ranch at 10 a.m. today and could force a second game at 10 a.m. Sunday with a win.
Other all-star tourneys
District 67 all-star tournaments in three more divisions begin today.
Spreckels Park Little League hosts the 9-10 tournament at Elliott School in Manteca — Tracy Little League has four teams in that 12-team tournament, and Mountain House Little League has one team.
Salida Little League hosts the 10-11 tournament at Salida Park — Tracy Little League has two teams among seven total in that tournament.
Tracy Little League hosts the Major 11-12 tournament at Jefferson School starting Saturday — 10 teams, including two from Tracy Little League and one from Mountain House, will compete. Tracy National plays Sunday against the winner of today’s Patterson vs. Salida game, and Tracy American plays Sunday against the winner of today’s Weston Ranch vs. Lathrop contest, with both of Sunday’s games starting at 11 a.m. Mountain House will face Manteca at 2 p.m. today.