The Tokay Tigers pounced on the Bulldogs early in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South playoff game at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
The 10-3 loss put Tracy in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament, with the Bulldogs set to play again on Tuesday against St. Mary’s of Stockton in an elimination game.
Tokay followed up its five-hit, five-run first inning with three hits and three runs in the second, and the Tigers allowed Tracy few chances to close in.
“We just dug ourselves too big a hole in the first two innings,” Tracy coach Vic Alkire said.
“Before you know it we’re down by eight, and against a good team in playoffs like this you can’t get down eight runs and expect to win.”
Tokay (23-5, 9-1 Tri-City Athletic League) kept Tracy (22-8, 12-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) off the bases until sophomore Thomas Greely, who was two-for-two, singled in the third inning.
Tracy didn’t string any hits together until the fifth inning, when sophomore Noah Denoyer singled, and junior pinch runner Daniel Canada advanced on a balk. Junior Joey Cocoles reached on a fielder’s choice when Tokay went for the play on Canada, but Canada reached safely.
Junior Dylan Sandoval drove Canada in with a single, and senior Braeden Oki drove in Cocoles and Sandoval with a double to right-center field.
Tracy sophomore starting pitcher Brett Mansell got the loss after he gave up four hits and five runs in 2/3 of an inning . Freshman Chandlyr Metal allowed four runs and five hits, and sophomore Ricky Staas, just up from the junior varsity team, gave up two hits and one unearned run over four innings.
Tracy will play St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Tuesday after Turlock beat St. Mary’s 13-8 Monday. Tokay and Turlock face off on Wednesday night.
Millennium 11, Ben Holt Academy 6
The Millennium Falcons took a step forward in the SJS Division VII bracket with an 11-6 win over Ben Holt Academy of Stockton on Saturday at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.
The win gives Millennium (20-3, 10-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) the advantage over Holt Academy (13-6, 10-0 Mountain Valley League) in a best-of-three semifinal series, with games on Tuesday to determine who moves on to the Monday, May 26, championship game.
Millennium freshman pitcher Steven Blackwell threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, four of them earned, for the win. Senior Daniel Gutierrez allowed one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
The Falcons banged out 13 base hits, including a double and two singles for senior Spencer Blackwell. Junior Eddie Diaz and senior Manjot Atwal each had a double and a single.
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