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Another blowout for Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars in Section 4 Tournament

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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RIO LINDA — If nothing else, opponents at least know now Woodcreek Little League’s 9/10 all-star team can be taken to the limit.

Tri-City made Woodcreek play a full six-inning game for the first time in the postseason, but maybe that just prolonged the agony Monday.

As uncomfortable gusts ripped through Babe Best Park, stirring up enough dirt, grass and weeds to fuel a hay fever explosion, Woodcreek stirred up its usual mix of pitching, hitting and defense to rip Tri-City 11-1 in the winners’ bracket final of the Section 4 Tournament.

Woodcreek, now 9-0 in the postseason, will play for the championship at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“We knew Tri-City is a great team,” Woodcreek assistant coach Mike Watari said. “We’re always banging heads with them.”

Aiden Martinez did the first banging with a leadoff home run, and it came on an 0-2 pitch. Daniel Susac tripled and scored in the inning to give Woodcreek a quick 2-0 lead.

“When you get a leadoff home run, that really sets the tone for the game, because all the kids had butterflies,” Watari said.

Woodcreek starter Zachery Watari allowed one hit and struck out three. He has started every game for Woodcreek in the playoffs, and Monday’s three-inning outing was his longest yet, though he threw just 27 pitches.

Susac and Carson Blatnick completed a five-hitter with two walks and seven strikeouts. Woodcreek turned a double play in the first inning and didn’t commit an error.

Offensively, Woodcreek smacked 12 hits, including five for extra bases. Susac hit a two-run bomb in the sixth and was one of four players with two hits. Martinez, Watari and Bradley Morin were the others.