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Birthday boy Gums leads Woodcreek to rout of Roseville West

One half of District 54 9/10 all-star final is set
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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One team celebrated more than just its latest win in the Little League District 54 9/10 all-star tournament Thursday night.

Alec Gums celebrated his 10th birthday by belting a three-run homer at Richards Field, propelling Woodcreek to an 18-1 win over Roseville West in the winners’ bracket final. Each team entered unbeaten in five tournament games, but Woodcreek made its stand early and often.

“It felt great. That home run was like a great birthday present for me,” Gums said. “We’re competing and doing really well as a team.”

Roseville West starting pitcher Justin Kim retired the first two batters, but it got rough from there. Daniel Susac’s single began a four-hit, 11-run inning, all with two outs. Susac returned to the plate and belted a two-run homer, and Jake Headington and Aiden Martinez each had RBI.

Three runs scored on two passed balls and a bases-loaded walk. Four more runs scored on two errors.

Woodcreek pitching held Roseville West to one hit in four innings, Jordyn Berry’s single.

Zachery Watari and Owen Cuffe pitched Woodcreek into the third inning. Susac closed in the final two innings, retiring the side twice on five strikeouts and a groundout.

Ryan Palmer scored Roseville West’s run on a passed ball in the second inning. Roseville West scored at least 11 runs in each of its previous five tournament games.

“I told the boys, there’s only two ways you’re going to lose, by making errors and not hitting. We chose both of those,” Roseville West manager Rich Fobbs said. “Not a solid hit amongst us, and we made more errors in this game than we have in the entire tournament. That’s how the ball bounced for us tonight, but guess what, tomorrow is another day.”

Friday is an off day for Woodcreek as it awaits the winner between Roseville West and El Dorado Hills in a do-or-die game at 7 p.m. at Richards Field. The championship game is at 7 p.m. Saturday.