Anderson, Roseville West beat Maidu to stay alive

11-year-old tournament down to four teams
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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It was a 100-degree turnaround from its last outing for Roseville West Little League. The 11-year-old Roseville West all-stars saw Lakeside come out on fire in the first inning in their previous outing, and though they battled to get back in, there was just too much work to do. Friday night at Richards Field, it was Roseville West’s turn to put on big pressure with an early offensive outburst. The opponents from Maidu battled to recover and get back in the game, but there was not match they could do. Roseville West won the elimination game in the District 54 all-star tournament 13-3 in a game shortened to four innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Overall, it was a great team effort for Roseville West, but one player stood out big time for his huge night. Cameron Anderson did it with his bat, his arm and his glove, setting the tone early and late with the long ball. Roseville West caught a break to open the contest when Nick Paleny reached on an error. With small ball on its mind early, Roseville West went for the sacrifice bunt with Jay Razzano, but he beat out the bunt to set the table for Anderson, who was ready to put his mark on this game. Anderson stroked a line drive laser over the barrier in right-centerfield that put his team up 3-0 on the scoreboard, but more importantly seemed to give it a jolt of energy. After Maidu starting pitcher Dylan Cole retired the next two hitters, Gabe Ordorica and Tommy Edwards singled back-to-back, and then delivered another run when Ordorcia broke on a delayed steal. Caught a bit by surprise, Maidu threw the ball away and Ordorica raced home with the fourth run of the opening frame. "(Third base coach) Hunter (Heryford) made a great call on the delayed steal and the Razzano bunts to get us the momentum,” said Roseville West manager Kevin Anderson. “He, James Tucker and Joseph Paleny have been spending a ton of their own time with the kids on their hitting and base running and it is starting to pay off.” Anderson was on the bump at the outset and he caught a bad break during the Maidu first. Lead-off hitter Adam Alvarez walked. Then, with two outs, Cole’s ground ball was juggled at shortstop and as he beat it out, Roseville West threw the ball away for a second error on the same play that allowed Alvarez to race around from second base and score. “We still need to improve defensively,” Anderson said. “The key to working through the loser’s bracket is to score early and preserve pitching. We have our pitchers throwing to contact to keep their pitch counts down and we have to make plays to be successful. Tonight, we gave them four extra outs in the first two innings and it cost us not only the runs, but 22 pitches.” Roseville West kept its offense rolling the second. With one out, Paleny singled and then after the second out was recorded, it was Anderson’s turn again. This time, he roasted a shot that hit the ground with such pace that it shot past the Maidu left fielder all the way to the fence. Anderson pulled into second with a two-bagger while Paleny scored the fifth run of the game. A Dalton Heryford single, a walk and a Maidu error followed to keep action live on the bases. Anderson scored on a wild pitch during that sequence, and then Colton Borowiak, running for Heryford, also scored on one that got away give West a 7-1 advantage. Still, the Maidu squad refused to shut it down as Paul Gershon singled to begin the second stanza. The next two hitters reached on Roseville West miscues to jam the bags, and then Josh Bamford chased one home with an infield single. Alvarez then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored another run, that would turn out to be Maidu’s last of the night. Two walks and a run-scoring ground ball out got one more for Roseville West in the third, and then it put the game away with a five-run top of the fourth that created the 10-run margin it required to make it an early night. Again, it was Anderson in the middle of the action. This time, his second home run of the night easily cleared the left field fence as he led off the fourth. Heryford then reached on an error and Cory Nuss banged a base hit. After an out, a walk loaded the bases for Savion Harris, who was hit by a pitch to force in a run. That set the stage for Nick Tucker, who delivered a two-run single that put his team on the verge. When he scored later on a Maidu error, the 10-run lead was in hand. All that was left was for Tommy Edwards, who came on in relief in the third, to close out Maidu, which he did with the only three-up, three-down inning of the night. Edwards night on the hill included a difficult start, but after all of their defensive woes of the first two innings, the Roseville West all-stars broke out the leather in the third. Following a lead-off single by Jordan Chapin that greeted Edwards to begin the third, the right-hander walked Cole, but with two on and no one out, Anderson ranged to his left to field a ground ball, tagged Chapin and his ran by and then threw to the stretching Heryford at first base for a critical double play. Edwards also made a nice play on the first batter in the fourth, retreating to snag a chopper for the first out. The second out of the fourth came on a nice play by second baseman Parker Crews, who ranged far to his left to field a ground ball on the outfield grass before gathering himself for a strong throw to first base. Anderson was the lone player in the contest with multiple hits, and his three extra-base knocks were a huge catalyst for Roseville West. The loss ends Maidu’s 11-year-old all-star run and sends Roseville West on to another elimination game Saturday night. "What a great bunch of kids from Maidu,” Anderson said. “They came over after the game to give us a good luck ball they had made and we hope to keep it with us for a while. (Maidu manager) Brian (Alvarez) and his staff should be congratulated. Those kids were having fun and smiling the whole game. That group will be heard from next year when they are 12." Roseville West will take on Folsom National, the survivor of Friday’s other elimination game in a 22-20 marathon over El Dorado Hills South, at 5 p.m. Saturday at Richards Field.