The Nor Cal State Tournament kicked off this past weekend and the Turlock American 10-year-old All Stars saw split results after two games, winning their first on Sunday and losing their second on Monday.
Sunday's game against Maidu Little League went well for Turlock, who were playing at Sutter and ended up coming out on top 6-4.
This was followed with a second-round match with Hillsborough, who managed to top Turlock in a 9-0 final.
“We lost as a team and all responsibility lands on me, whether we win or lose, so it's nobody's fault,” said Turlock head coach Todd Feldman. “Flat group playing an on-group, and a team that was ready to play. Hopefully we come back.”
Their first-round game against Maidu out of Roseville ended well but it didn't start that way. In fact, an error that cost two runs put Maidu on the scoreboard to go up 2-0.
Max Mankins then stepped up to the plate and drilled a two-run bomb in the top of the second to tie it 2-2.
Just before the second ended, Maidu added a run to go up 3-2.
“At that point, we were just playing catch up,” said Feldman.
In the top of the third, Dutch Lawrence added two runs for Turlock by hitting a two-run dinger to make it 4-3, but once again, Maidu added a run in the bottom half, to tie it at 4-4.
Two more runs were added in the top of the fourth for Turlock who took the lead for good at 6-4.
Joe Farinha started and pitched two innings, tossing 35 pitches while Lawrence came in for relief duties and tossed four innings with 50 pitches.
The big win was followed by a nine-run loss to Hillsborough on Monday.
“The teams are great at this level, I believe there are 250 all-star teams that started but now we are left with five in Northern California,” said Feldman. “We can’t make mistakes. Any team is beatable, any team, if we play our game we can be in the game, but this was not what we normally do.”
Feldman expressed that they are normally a good hitting, pitching and defensive team, however, they committed seven errors to Hillsborough's one.
“They played smart baseball and we were flat,” said Feldman. “We had bases loaded twice, runners on second and third as well and couldn’t score any runs. Pitching was solid, what let us down was lack of hitting and errors as well. Could be the long nights driving of two and a half hours one way.”
Jaron Rocha started and tossed four innings, gave up one earned run of the four allowed.
By that point Turlock was down 4-0 heading into the fifth, before Hillsborough added five runs in the final two innings.
The 10s faced Los Gatos on Tuesday night, but results were not available by publication time.