Folsom American claims 9-10 all-star title

By: Matt Long
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Folsom American Little League’s 9-10-year-old All-Stars showed what they’re made of on Wednesday night. A day after a potentially demoralizing 15-12 loss to Woodcreek, a game Folsom American led throughout before allowing five runs in the top of the sixth inning, the team rebounded to defeat Woodcreek 6-3 to claim the District 54 All-Star title. Jason Carrey pitched four strong innings, allowing only one run on four hits to keep a potent Woodcreek offense in check, while Folsom American scored three runs early and added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth to win it. Folsom ace Luke Wolger pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs on five hits, but got the outs he needed to close the door and earn the save. Folsom jumped on top 1-0 in the first when Taylor Boyea led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on Connor Baker’s single. Folsom tacked on two more runs in the fourth when Carrey doubled and scored on Boyea’s single. Garrett McClure then drove in Boyea with a single to give his team a 3-0 lead. Woodcreek got one run back in the fourth when Sean Wilton reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on Connor Maurizzio’s single up the middle. Folsom’s three insurance runs in the sixth turned out to be huge. Carrey again led off the inning with a double, moved to third on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice on a play at the plate. Boyea then hit a sacrifice fly to score Liam Eviston and McClure singled to drive in Grant Leon. Woodcreek scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Wolger walked Greg Rotteveel and Maurizzio to start the inning and Kyle Kern followed with a single to load the bases. Tyler Smith’s infield single scored Rotteveel and Lucas Gather then brought in Maurizzio with a sacrifice fly. Wolger then got Colton Baron looking at strike three before inducing Garrett Shurtz to ground out to shortstop to end the game. After allowing 15 runs yesterday, the story of this game was the pitching performance of Carrey. “He was just throwing his fastball and change-up and locating,” Folsom manager Todd Wolger said. “I asked him to give me four innings tonight and he did it.” Carrey gave a lot of credit to his defense behind him. “I was doing good just throwing where I was aiming,” Carrey said. “The defense made the plays behind me. We played better defense tonight than last night and were better on the base paths.” Woodcreek put for a great effort, but came up short. “We rallied, but we were short on hitting tonight,” Woodcreek skipper Ron Gather said. “We hit the ball hard, but right at people and Folsom got the breaks tonight. They’re a good team with a good coach. “I told our boys that this is just the start of their baseball careers and they’re going to have more all-star seasons to come. In order to become great winners, you first have to learn how to lose.”