Tracy Little League is off to a good start in the Little League District 67 Tournament of Champions, with the Tracy team collecting the first-ever District 67 Intermediate championship banner.
Tracy American beat the Salida A’s 14-4 in the championship game on Thursday, June 12, at Mossdale Community Park in Lathrop. Tracy American held a 4-3 lead at the end of four innings padded their lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Nathan Graf and two-RBI double for Garrett Spruiell.
Manuel Troche smacked a two-run homer over the left field fence in the sixth and Graf hit a two-RBI double in the seventh to put the game away. Cody Lavagetto also had two hits for the day, and starting pitcher Collin Heizer gave up three hits and three runs over for innings for the win.
The win comes at the end of a four-team, three-game tournament that started June 9. The same Tracy American team gets into District 67 All Star play on Monday, June 16, at Mossdale Park.
Charlie Heizer, coach of the Tracy American Intermediate team, said it’s the first year that Little League District 67 has scheduled a tournament for this division. The age group is 12 to 13 years, and the Tracy team is made up of older players from the Major division and younger players from the Junior division.
Games are played on diamonds with 70-foot base paths, with the pitching mound 50 feet from home plate. Major divisions, 12-and-under, play on 60-foot diamonds with 46 feet from the pitching mound to home plate, while Junior divisions, 13 and older, play on 90-foot diamonds with 60 feet from the pitcher’s mound to home plate.
District 67 also started Tournaments of Champions for the Minor, Major and Junior divisions on Saturday at fields in Manteca and Stockton, with games continuing until June 25.
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