Tracy Little League’s 10-11 American All Stars gained a place in Sunday’s District 67 championship game at Manteca’s Lincoln Fields with a 10-run outburst that pushed Spreckels Park into the losers bracket on Thursday.
Tracy American was down 3-0 going into the fourth inning. Ronaldo Tijero and Cody Bolton started off the inning with singles, and catcher Conner Johnson tied the game with his second home run of the tournament as he sent the ball over the right center field fence. That was the spark the other Tracy batters needed to keep rallying.
Ricky Staas and Harrison Difuntorum lead the team with three hits each. Fred Gerstenburger and Justin Thomassen each had singles. Staas and Bolton held back the Spreckels lineup from the mound, and Cameron Baccetti came in to close the game.
Tracy American now awaits the completion of the loser bracket, with Tracy National playing Weston Ranch on Friday, and the winner of that game facing Spreckels on Saturday for a shot at Tracy American on Sunday in the championship game.
9-10 All Stars Salida 5, Tracy National A 4
A couple big hits was all Salida needed to clinch a spot in Sunday’s championship game at Mossdale Landing Park in Lathrop. The 5-4 outcome means that Tracy National and Tracy American will have to battle it out Saturday morning for a shot at Salida on Sunday.
Tracy started with consistent hitting and base running to get on the scoreboard first. Carlos Vasquez walked and advanced on a passed ball, Matthew Nunes doubled to bring in Vasquez and Marco Gigliotti singled to bring in Nunes. Gigliotti came around when Ryan Rivera was hit by a pitch, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Salida made it a 3-1 game in the second inning on Brandon Pasion’s solo homer, and Tracy scored one more in the top of the third as Rivera reached on a fielder’s choice and came in to score when Nick Sansoni hit one out to left field. Salida took the lead in the bottom of the third with a single, two walks, and Matt Dallas’ grand slam over the right-center fence.
Gigliotti pitched three innings and allowed three hits three walks and five runs and struck out four batters. Nunes pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed two hits, no runs and struck out two, and Carlos Vasquez pitched 2/3 innings to close.
Tracy American 8, Spreckels Park 4
Tracy scored early and held onto its lead even as Spreckels tried to make a comeback in the fourth inning. The 8-4 win puts Tracy American in Saturday morning’s semifinal game against Tracy National A.
Miles Turner and Conner Sterritt started off the first inning with base hits and Turner came around to score. Garren Harris was hit by a pitch and Anthony Wiley singled in the second and both came around to score. J.J. Jones walked and came around to score in the third. In the four-run fourth inning Tracy American got base hits from Sterritt, his second for the day, and Crone, also his second base hit, and a doubled from Harris. Turner led at the plate with three base hits for the day.
Jones pitched three innings and gave up two hits and no runs for the win, Harris pitched 1/3 inning in the fourth and allowed three hits and four runs, and Crone finished the game with 2 2/3 innings, three hits, no runs and five strikouts.
11-12 All Stars
After a loss to Salida on Thursday, Tracy American beat Tracy National in the losers bracket semi-final to gain a rematch Saturday at Salida Park. Tracy American must win Saturday and again on Sunday to claim the District 67 title.