The Tracy Junior Nationals dominated their last two games in the Little League District 67 Tournament of Champions last week, ending the tournament with a 15-3 win over Spreckels Park Sooners on Sunday at Paul E. Weston Park in Stockton.
Matthew Nunes had three base hits and batted in two runs, Ben Dibley singled and tripled and batted in three runs, and Marco Gigliotti had two hits and drove in three runs.
Dibley got the win on the mound, pitching 4-1/3 innings and allowing four hits and two runs.
Nationals coach Dave Nunes said that his team had to work hard in every aspect of the game — pitching, batting and defense — to get to Sunday’s final.
During the past five games — including the Nationals’ 4-1 win over the Tracy National Giants on June 8 in the local tournament of champions — pitcher Matthew Nunes has struck out 28 batters in 14-2/3 innings, starting with 10 strikeouts in a row in the local TOC final.
The Nationals opened the District 67 tournament June 14 with a 6-5 win over the Northgate Rays, getting two hits and four stolen bases from Preston Barber. On June 15, Barber went 4-for-5 at the plate in an 8-6 win over the Spreckels Sooners, and Cameron Brewer, Marco Gigliotti and Nunes each had two base hits. The Nationals’ 12-0 win over Tracy American on June 19 included two hits each by Justin Schober, Jonathan Wesely and Damon Lakey.
District 67 Minor TOC
The Tracy American Yankees finished as the District 67 Minor division runners-up after going 3-2 in the district Tournament of Champions.
The Yankees had a 12-11 lead in the top of the sixth inning in the championship game against the Manteca A’s on Saturday at Brock Elliot School in Manteca. They were one strike away from a win — which would have forced a second game Sunday — when the A’s scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win it 13-12.
Leading batters for the Yankees included Emiliano Cruz, two base hits and two RBIs, and Trenton Phillips, two hits and three runs.
The Yankees made it to the championship game with a 17-10 victory over Spreckels Park on Friday. Phillips logged two hits and three RBIs, and Cayden McInnis had two hits and three runs. Cristian Ortiz, in his third time pitching, allowed two runs in four innings of relief.
The Manteca A’s outscored the Yankees 22-13 on June 19, sending the Tracy team to the elimination bracket. Dylan de Lemos had two hits and batted in four runs for the Yankees, and Noah Bennett and Benny Marenco also had two hits each.
District 67 Major TOC
Tracy Little League’s Major National team was among the top six teams in the nine-team District 67 Major Tournament of Champions at Lincoln Park in Manteca.
Both Tracy National and Tracy American lost in the first round June 14. Tracy National beat Tracy American on June 16 in the double-elimination bracket and then won two more before losing to Northgate on Saturday.
The Manteca Red Sox were the tournament champions.
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