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Maidu Major all-stars win, advance in D54 tourney

Woodcreek's loss sends Maidu and Folsom American on to next round
By: Staff Report
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A 10-0 win over Snowline combined with Woodcreek's loss to Folsom American cleared the path for Maidu to reach the final round of the Little League District 54 Major Division all-star tournament. Joseph Zanolli took the ball for Maidu and gave up a single on the first pitch of the game, but catcher Michael Birch quickly erased Charlie Sahm as he gunned him down trying to steal second base. Snowling stranded two more runners in the second after Brendan Hunter reached on an error and Nick Bonikson walked with two outs. Blowing its early chances cost Snowline as Zanolli retired nine of the next 10 batters, allowing just a single in the bottom of the fifth. In his five innings of work, the right-hander struck out eight, walked two and allowed just a pair of singles. Coleman Harrigan took care of the sixth stanza to finish off the Maidu win. Maidu got its scoring started with two runs in the top of the second against Bonikson, the Snowline starter. Harrigan reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Tim Wieser. With runners at the corners, Justin Burnett hit a fly ball to left field that wasn't handled, scoring Harrigan. Wieser came home on a Jake Monsour single. to score Wieser. Maidu hey tallied once more in the top of the third on a double by Jordan Couch. He crossed the plate when the Snowline second baseman was unable to handle a Wieser liner. Monsour was hit by a pitch in the fifth, followed by a free pass issued to Zanolli to set the table. Three consecutive singles by Jake Rodrigues, Nolan Murphy and Couch plated four more runs to make it 7-0. The Maidu all-stars topped off their win with three more runs in the sixth. Michael Birch singled and Zanolli walked. Following a fielder's choice and a pop-out, Harrigan re-entered the game and hit a two-out, three-run home run deep into center field. Rodrigues was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice, while Couch also had two of Maidu's 10 hits on the night. The win guarantees that Maidu will move on to next week's six-team double-elimination tournament final, along with Folsom American. Lakeside, Roseville West and El Dorado Hills South have also clinced spots in that round, with EDH North and Ponderosa set to go head-to-head for the last position. The tournament bracket will be filled by blind random draw this weekend. Maidu closes out pool play at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a game that means nothing in the final standings. "I will give some guys an opportunity on the hill to show our confidence in them as I am sure at some point we will need more than just three pitchers," said Maidu manager Greg Zanolli. "We will do everything we can to win but will not show our top pitchers as we could certainly play Folsom American in the double-elimination portion of the tournament."