A four-run rally was enough to put the Tracy American 11-year-old All Stars in contention for the Little League Section 6 title, but not enough to overcome three home runs by the Delta Little League All Stars out of Stockton.
Delta’s 6-5 win over Tracy American on Wednesday in the Section 6 championship game at Monticello School denied the Tracy team a trip to the Little League Division 2 tournament, which begins Saturday in Fresno.
Tracy American manager Ted Butch said it was the second year the same group of players had finished the season just short of the division tournament. Last year, they competed in the 9-10 division.
Butch said the boys proved that they had the determination to stay competitive to the end after they lost their first game to Delta 4-2 on Saturday and then won three games in a row, forcing Delta to beat Tracy in two out of three games.
“I can’t be prouder of these guys,” Butch said. “To get in the losers bracket and battle back like we did, that’s pretty impressive.
“This team, look for them next year.”
Tracy scored in the top of the first inning Wednesday when Ben Riley walked and then came home on an outfield error after Gabe Andora got a base hit. Delta took a 3-1 lead, buoyed by a two-run homer in the first and a solo home run in the second.
Tracy took a 5-3 lead with a four-run rally in the third. Riley, Andora, Caden Duke and Mike Contreras all contributed base hits, and Kaleo Ballungay batted in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Delta tied it up 5-5 in the bottom of the third with a base hit, a sacrifice fly and another home run and took a 6-5 lead in the fourth when the leadoff batter got a base hit, advanced on an outfield error and a steal and scored on a passed ball.
Duke, the starting pitcher, went three innings, gave up five hits and five earned runs, and struck out three batters. Isaac Segura allowed two hits and struck out five batters over two innings and gave up one unearned run for the loss. Segura also had two base hits.
Tracy American 7, Delta 2
The Tracy American All Stars forced a second championship game by beating Delta on Tuesday.
The team started with a 3-0 lead in the first inning, getting base hits from Segura, Duke and Contreras. Delta scored on a home run in the second and scored again in the third.
Tracy sealed the win with a four-run rally in the top of the fifth inning, with Contreras and Riley contributing doubles to the effort.
Tracy’s Carson Cripe was the winning pitcher after he went 4-2/3 innings, gave up one hit and three walks, and struck out six batters. One batter was hit by a pitch.
Tracy American 6, Turlock 5
Andora’s two-RBI walk-off double gave Tracy the 6-5 win over Turlock on Monday. Andora got his big hit in the bottom of the sixth after Ballungay singled and Riley walked.
Turlock led for the most of the game and was ahead 3-0 before Tracy got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when Riley doubled and Joel Wesely singled to bring him in. Wesely, Segura and Duke contributed base hits to Tracy’s three-run fifth inning. That put Tracy up 4-3, and Turlock took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth.
Wesely started the game on the mound and went three-plus innings before Duke came in to finish the game and get the win.
Tracy opened the tournament with a 4-2 loss to Delta on Saturday and beat Calaveras National 23-0 on Sunday.
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