The 12-player ensemble managed by Steve Waybright fought hard but were unable to topple Salida, who rallied in the final inning to beat Patterson 3-2, eliminating Patterson from the California District 67 2014 All-Star tournament.
The teams battled back and forth all morning. Neither could gain a distinct advantage.
Salida was able to strike first, despite having been thrown out at home just moments before by a nice defensive play from Patterson. At the top of the third inning, Salida broke through with a triple followed by a hit that scored the first run of the game. Pitcher Javier Huizar was able to extricate himself out of the inning by striking out the next hitter and inducing a groundball.
Patterson didn’t wait around to respond, scoring at the bottom of the third inning, knotting the score up at 1-1.
They continued this momentum by scoring again at the bottom of the fourth frame to take a 2-1 lead.
After a quiet and tense fifth inning, Patterson was only three outs away from advancing in the tournament, but Salida had other plans.
Salida started the inning with a lead-off double, immediately placing a runner in a scoring position.
Salida was then able to muster an infield hit to put runners on first and third base. Patterson pitcher Huizar struck out the following batter, but Salida’s next-at-bat benefited from a pass ball that scored the runner from third, tying the game up.
Huizar kept his composure, inducing a pop fly for the second out of the inning; that didn’t stop the runner from advancing to third base, however, putting the leading run just 90 feet away.
With only one out left of the inning, Salida mustered an infield hit that scored the runner standing on third base, giving them the lead.
Despite loading the bases at the bottom of the sixth, the Patterson squad failed to bring anyone home, ending the game, and their tournament run, with players stranded on every base.
The game had great hitting efforts from Francisco Carillo, Isaiah Patterson, and Lane Cardoso, who helped fuel the Patterson push all morning. Head coach Waybright was proud of the results his kids produced.
“I am just proud of them going that far. No team has gone that far from Patterson from the all-stars of that age group,” said Waybright. “I am proud of them. Definitely proud of them.”
Patterson finished the tournament with a total record of 2-2. This includes a 12-7 victory against the Tracy National Little League team that was particularly exciting, according to coach Waybright.
“I am proud the way they pulled together,” said Waybright. “The last game they were down by four, and they scored 12 unanswered runs to extend the season one more game. They also had a 4-1 win over Northgate Little League Manteca in their first game of the tournament.”
This loss marks the end of the 9-10 year old Patterson All-Star squad’s season. The kids will now move on to other sports, or rest for the summer before school begins again in the fall. Contact Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or email@example.com.