On Monday night, both the 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds won their elimination games at their respective NorCal State tournaments.
The 12s won 2-0 in Rocklin, eliminating Cambriam Park, the same team that defeated Mack Town for the NorCal State title two years ago as 10-year-olds.
The 10s, meanwhile, defeated Porterville 17-3 in Gilroy, coming up clutch in an elimination game for the second straight day.
The Redwood Empire 11-year-olds, however, were beaten 14-2 by Los Gatos in Turlock, ending an impressive season that saw them win both the District 26 and Section 2 championships.
Joe Tanno scored both runs for the Mack 12s, who were held to six hits in the win, and he also pitched five strong innings for the victory on the mound, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits.
Hunter Carper also was instrumental in the win, finishing 3-for-3, as was Bode Reininger, who turned in a stellar performance just two days after missing most of the opening game through sickness.
Reininger had a couple of key at-bats, including driving in the go-ahead run on a groundout, as well as making some big defensive plays at second base and capping it all by pitching an inning for the save.
“Bode played a good game,” head coach Carlos Avelar said. “He made a couple of nice plays at second base and came in in a pressure situation and did well.
“Bode’s crafty, and he stepped up big time.”
The Mack All-Stars took the lead in the third inning.
Tanno led off with a walk before advancing on a Hunter Carper double, and he then scored with one out on Reininger’s groundout.
Tanno also had a base hit to lead off the fifth inning, on his way to scoring the team’s second run on a Lincoln Hungerford fielder’s choice.
At the plate, Reininger added a base hit and a walk, while Lucas Jones finished 1-for-1.
Avelar admitted it was nice to get a measure of revenge against the team that edged McKinleyville for the NorCal State title two years ago, but says his team’s hitting must improve if they are to continue winning.
“Our defense was good, our pitching was good, but our hitting lacked what we need if we’re to keep going,” he said.
The Mack 12s will play either Turlock or San Mateo on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Turlock is the team that edged Mack in an eight-inning thriller in Saturday’s tournament opener.