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Collins comes through as Maidu Major all-stars down Ponderosa

He pitches, hits Maidu into District 54 final against Lakeside
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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A complete game pitched by Ethan Collins and two runs in the top of the sixth inning rallied Maidu passed Ponderosa 5-4 in the losers’ bracket final of the Little League District 54 Major all-star tournament Friday at Feist Park.

Collins did it all. With his team’s future on the line — trailing 4-3 with one out in the sixth inning — he singled in the tying run. Nicholas Wieser followed by driving in the go-ahead run.

The burden then lay back on Collins’ shoulders. He returned to the mound in the bottom of the sixth, where he struck out the leadoff batter, beaned the next two and struck out the final two as his team charged to the mound.

“I was just happy I didn’t give up a hit, because with runners on it was scary,” Collins said. “I felt really relieved.”

Justin Salisbury put Maidu up 1-0 in the first with a home run into the neighborhood behind right field.

Ponderosa came back with a solo homer and scored one run each in the first, second and fourth.

Mitchell Douglass’ RBI single and Salisbury’s steal of home in the fifth brought Maidu within one run.

The next challenge is now passed to Salisbury, who will start Saturday against unbeaten Lakeside in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. Lakeside beat Maidu 11-2 on Thursday.

Said Salisbury, who beat Roseville West in his last all-star outing, “I’m ready.”