Lakeside tops El Dorado Hills for berth in District 54 Major double elimination

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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In win-or-go-home baseball, the Lakeside Little League Major all-stars advanced to the double-elimination portion of the District 54 tournament with an 11-5 win over El Dorado Hills on Saturday at Feist Park.

Lake takes on Ponderosa and Roseville West plays Maidu on Monday in the first round of double elimination. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.

The fourth and final game for both teams came down to six innings to join Roseville West (3-1) in advancing out of pool play. El Dorado Hills (2-2) had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and a chance to cut into a 9-5 deficit, but Lakeside (3-1) starting pitcher Jade Foddrill was too much to overcome.

Foddrill might have considered buying dinner for his left fielder, Jon Rogers, who caught a line drive off the bat of Cole Ramsey. Foddrill then ended the inning with a strikeout.

El Dorado Hills had three consecutive hits in the fifth and loaded the bases on an infield error after Tyler Reyes drove in a run to make it 9-5.

Talking about Rogers’ catch, El Dorado Hills manager Ken Smith said it was a chance come and gone.

“That was definitely a lynchpin. That was a great catch by that kid, and my hat is off to him. We would have scored two or three easily,” Smith said. “I’m proud of these guys. We’re in a really good district, and there’s no doubt about it we got the toughest pool. You want to be in the top pool and go out there and battle these guys.”

Collin Stanaway relieved Foddrill in the sixth and recorded the final out on one pitch. Foddrill’s pitch count was at 82 after five innings.

“The two last games really meant do or die,” said Foddrill, who struck out six. “I felt the pressure this game. I got butterflies, I was nervous, but you have to live with it. We had to beat El Dorado Hills far and square. Nothing is easy in all-stars.”
Blake Sale didn’t make it easy for Foddrill. Sale hit a two-run bomb in the fourth to make it 9-4.

Foddrill, meanwhile, didn’t make it easy for El Dorado Hills starter Bryson Smith to last more than three innings. Foddrill drove a two-run homer in the fourth.
Smith exited after 3 2/3 innings. Six of the nine runs he allowed were earned.

Lakeside scored 11 runs on seven hits against an El Dorado Hills team that beat pool winner Roseville West.