The Tracy Gold team won the Little League District 67 Tournament of Champions banner Sunday, defeating the Mountain House Little League team 8-5 in the district’s 50/70 championship game at Wicklund Park in Mountain House.
Tracy Gold totaled nine hits for the day, including four for Bryce Anthony Payawal, who had six of Tracy Gold’s 14 stolen bases. He was also the winning pitcher, striking out four batters while allowing three runs on three hits over five innings.
Tracy Gold benefited from a five-run third inning, which included contributions at the plate and on the basepaths from Haroon Hussain, Gabriel Jarata and Logan Hernandez.
Highlights for the Mountain House team included Ethan Mangente’s three-run homer.
To get to the championship game, Tracy Gold had to come back from an 8-6 loss to Mountain House on June 6.
The Gold team defeated Northgate 16-3 in their first elimination bracket game Friday, with Damian Muscat getting four of his team’s 17 base hits, including a grand slam in the fifth inning. Michael McGibney, Dalton Anderson, Hussain, Payawal and Hernandez also contributed base hits. Steven Lanning was the winning pitcher.
Tracy Gold had to beat Mountain House 11-2 on Saturday to force a second game in the double-elimination tournament. The Gold team’s win included a six-run fifth inning, with a triple from McGibney and RBI base hits from David Madrid, Hussain, Payawal and Anderson. Matthew Soto also contributed multiple base hits.
The team also includes Michael Bates, Ethan Dowell and Daniel Mendoza. Henry Romero is the team manager, and Victor Bailey and Bret Dowell are the assistant coaches.