A first-inning rally and some solid pitching led the Tracy team to victory in the championship game of the Little League District 67 11-and-under All Star tournament.
Tracy defeated the Mountain House All Stars 8-2 on Saturday at Legacy Fields in Tracy, going 3-0 through the four-team tournament. The win advanced Tracy American to the Section 6 tournament, hosted by Amador County Little League East, which starts Saturday in Pioneer. Tracy will start by facing the champions from District 73.
Tracy coach Steve Sullivan said it’s the second consecutive district banner for half the boys on the team, who were on all-star team that won last year’s 10U banner.
“They wanted to get through district and go back to sections and see what we can do. I’m proud of them,” Sullivan said.
Even though many of the same boys were on the 10U team, they still had to go through the all-star selection process at the end of Tracy Little League’s regular season.
“They had to prove themselves to make the team,” the coach said. “They weren’t guaranteed a spot, so they all just worked hard.”
Mountain House opened with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Noah Montalvo led off with a walk and scored when Vincent Baca tripled. Baca scored next when Callahan Healy reached on an infield error.
That was all the scoring for the Mountain House team. Healy singled in the third but was thrown out trying to steal second, and Jace Haley singled in the fourth and advanced as far as third base on a steal and a passed ball.
The Tracy team totaled seven hits for the day. In the bottom of the first inning, Izach Brewer walked with one out, Malakai Jacobo was hit by a pitch and Conner Delbridge hit a single. Brewer and Jacobo scored when Brayden Vierra and Logan Courtney both reached on errors, and Delbridge scored on a passed ball. James Garcia then pounded a two-RBI triple to left-center field to cap the five-run inning .
Tracy scored three more runs in the fourth inning. Mateo Rodriguez led off with a walk and came in to score when Brewer singled to left field. Jacobo walked, and Delbridge followed with an RBI double to left-center field to bring Brewer in, and Jacobo scored on a passed ball.
Jacobo pitched the first inning for Tracy and struck out two batters and gave up two unearned runs on one hit. Brewer pitched five innings and gave up two hits and no runs, and he walked two batters and struck out eight.
Jackson L’Estrange pitched 3 1/3 innings for Mountain House and allowed eight runs, six of them earned, on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Anthony Leone pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed no runs, a hit and a walk, and he struck out one batter.