10-year-olds out of Babe Ruth tourney
by TP staff
Jul 24, 2009 | 1225 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy Babe Ruth 10-and-under All-Stars were eliminated from the Central California Cal Ripken state tournament earlier this week after a 1-2 showing in pool play.

The all-stars from Visalia, this year’s host team, went 5-0 in the tournament and finished with a 9-5 win Tuesday over Northwest Bakersfield to become the state champions.

Tracy began the tournament July 16 with a 4-1 loss against Northwest Bakersfield. Tracy batters struck out 13 times and mustered only four base hits, including Damon Noe’s sixth-inning double. Noe scored when he stole home for Tracy’s only run. Kevin Saenz had two base hits, and Haiden Hall had one hit and a stolen base.

Tracy’s second game, on July 17, was a 9-1 loss to Buchanan. This time, the Buchanan infield took care of most of Tracy’s batters. But Chandlyr Metal got a base hit, and Joseph Saenz scored Tracy’s sole run when he walked to lead off the fifth inning and came around on a series of walks.

Tracy took a 14-4 win July 18 against Liberty. That game started with a five-run rally in the first inning. Mike Medonca led off for Tracy with a double and Noe, Kevin Saenz, Clayton Borges, Hall and Joseph Saenz all got base hits.

They rallied for six more in the second inning, this time with Metal, Joseph Saenz and Seth Strope all hitting doubles. Mendonca singled and Noe doubled to lead off the third, and Metal and Borges batted them in. Mike Manley singled in the fourth, came around on Mendonca’s double, his fourth base hit of the day, and scored when Kevin Saenz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
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July 31, 2009
The boys didnt hit well but Ill tell you that our two pitchers, Chandlyr Metal and Kevin Saenz,Jr , showed that they are 2 of the top pitchers in the state. Chandlyr struck out 7 NW Bakersfield batters in 3 innings while giving up no earned runs. Bakersfield has one of the top programs in the entire nation. It was unfortunate that the umps were from Bakersfield and were clearly biased on balls and strikes. It was blatant. Not to mention we drew by far the toughest bracket while the other 2 brackets, particularly host Visalias, was obviously fixed. For the second year in a row our DISTRICT REP didnt find it important enough to go to 'random' bracket seedings. This is why Tracy Babe Ruth has never succeeded past the district level. We need some people who really care about the future of our boys

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