Kidder the hitter lifts Roseville West to District 54 Senior crown
When John Kidder stepped up to bat, he wasn’t looking at the scoreboard pressed against the dark blue sky canvas or his Roseville West teammates pressed against the fence of the dugout.
Teammate Robert Ferry “kept telling me not to uppercut and pretend it’s another at-bat,” said Kidder, who went 4 for 5 with a home run and the winning single in Roseville West’s 8-7 victory over Maidu in the Little League District 54 Senior all-star tournament championship game Wednesday night at Mahany Park.
Roseville West and Maidu battled back and forth before Kidder pounded his fourth hit to drive in Trevor Borgschatz with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Kidder’s two-run homer in the fourth tied the score 4-4. Earlier, Borgschatz doubled and was driven in by Alex Hennagin, who then scored on Kidder’s bomb.
Maidu took a 6-5 lead in the fifth, as Robert Walton doubled and Colton Floodmen singled. But Kidder wasn’t stopping. He singled to score Ferry and tie the score at 6 in the bottom of the fifth.
Maidu responded and took a lead 7-6 in the sixth, as Kirby Broadbent singled in Peter Schofield. Roseville West came back to tie again when Sal Ochoa scored.
“We wanted to get those guys,” said Scotty Walton, who hit a solo homer as part of Maidu’s two-run first inning. “We just tried to come back. It was a team effort.”
Roseville West advanced to the Section 4 Tournament at American River College, where it will take on District 11 at 8 p.m. Saturday.