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It's on to NorCal Division 2 tourney for Woodcreek 9/10s

Back-to-back Section 4 titles is a first for the league
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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RIO LINDA — Guess who’s back, back again?

A postseason in defense of last year’s reputation extended past its latest milestone Wednesday at Babe Best Park, as the Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars won their second consecutive Little League Section 4 championship with a 12-2 defeat of Tri-City.

Three players from last year’s team — Zachery Watari, Daniel Susac and Aiden Martinez — joined assistant coach Mike Watari in helping Woodcreek achieve back-to-back Section 4 titles for the first time.

Woodcreek next will attempt to win its second consecutive banner in the Northern California Division 2 Tournament, the last stop on the 9/10 trail.

“Woodcreek has only won it four times in history and never back to back, so to win it this year would be great,” Daniel Susac said.

Woodcreek hit 17 home runs in 10 games through the District 54 and Section 4 tournaments. Susac hit 10 of them.

He also was the closing pitcher against Tri-City for the second year in a row and, like last year’s final, he ended it with a strikeout.

Mike Watari, last year’s manager, said about 10 players are hitting over .500 this postseason.

“It feels pretty nice,” said Nick Susac, Daniel’s father and Woodcreek’s manager. “But this isn’t a one-man team. That’s what makes this team good.”

Zachery Watari hit a solo home run in the first inning against Tri-City.
Dylan Morillas had three RBI on a single and a two-run ground-rule double. Martinez had two RBI. Carson Blatnick and Jake Headington each had one RBI.

Woodcreek scored an additional four runs on three errors and a passed ball.

Woodcreek trailed 2-1 in the second inning but retired Tri-City in order in the bottom of the third and ripped three consecutive singles in the fourth on its way to four runs.

Watari and Susac held Tri-City to two unearned runs in the first and second.
Most of last year’s team played on the 11-year-old squad this season. Watari said they’ve told him to go defend their title.

“It feels good to go back again, and we’ll try our best to go win another,” Watari said.

NORCAL DIVISION 2 TOURNAMENT

When/Where: Woodcreek plays at 10 a.m. Sunday at Stonehouse Park, Escuela Drive in Rancho Murieta.