Tracy Little League’s Junior American All Stars have taken
two wins in the Northern California Division II tournament at
goes undefeated into Tuesday’s semifinal game against the Rocklin Little League
All Stars of Northern California Section 4. The championship game will be on
Sunday’s 4-3 win against Almaden Little League of Section 5
went down to the last inning, with Tracy in the lead for most of the game and
Almaden stepping up in the sixth and seventh innings to make it a 3-3 tie going
into the bottom of the seventh.
“It was really a pitchers’ battle,” Tracy American manager
Mark Scornaienchi said. Spencer Freeman pitched six innings for
hits. Both Almaden runs in the first six innings were unearned. Daniel O’Brien
in the seventh inning and picked up the win.
“We knew in the seventh inning we’d have to manufacture a
run,” Scornaienchi said. With a tied score Chris Bacchetti drew a walk and
stole second, and then came home when Joe Reboca smacked a base hit down the
right field line. It was
fourth hit of the game.
scored in the first inning when Zach Abshire walked, stole second and advanced
to third on a sacrifice play. Jason Thomassen walked, and with runners at the
corners and two out
made the double-steal and Abshire made it home safe.
hits came in the third inning. Bacchetti got on base when the ball passed the
Almaden catcher on the third strike and Joe Reboca hit a double to deep
left-center to score Bacchetti. Thomassen got another base hit to drive in
Abshire, who was pinch running for Reboca.
won Saturday’s game 8-7 against Sunrise Little League of Section 6. Abshire
in the first when stole home on a wild pitch. By the fifth inning
and Tracy American made it a 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with help from
base-hit bunts by David Miranda and Bacchetti. Cody Daniel batted in a run on a
sacrifice and Jason Thomassen drove in another.
runs in the sixth and
again came back with hits from Bacchetti and Daniel, plus a two-run double from Kyle Scornaienchi.
the seventh but
put a stop to that threat with an infield double play that put out the go-ahead
run with a throw to Thomassen at the plate.
scored the winning run after Nano Aguirre walked, advanced to second on an
errant pick-off attempt, went to third on a sacrifice bunt from Miranda, and
scored when Bacchetti got a base hit.