Maidu slams EDH South to stay alive in Major all-star play

By: Staff Report
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The bats are now alive and well for the Maidu Little League Major division all-stars. A 14-run explosion in the home half of the first frame Saturday kept Maidu alive in an elimation game at the District 54 tournament at Feist Park in Granite Bay. By the time it was over after 3 1/2 innings by way of the 10-run mercy rule, Maidu had routed El Dorado Hills South by a 19-1 count. The 14 first-inning runs came on just seven hits combined with five walks and two hit batters. Michael Birch and Max Shaw walked to open the game and after Jake Rodrigues and Tim Wieser both singled, Joseph Zanolli and Jake Monsour also drew free passes. Coleman Harrigan unloaded a huge blast to center field for the first of two grand slams in the inning. The uprising continued with a Nolan Murphy single, and then Birch was hit by a pitch and then Shaw singled to jam the bags once again. This time it was Rodrigues doing the honors with a line shot slam over the barrier in left-centerfield. That was not the end, as Wieser doubled, Zanolli walked again, and then Monsour picked up a base knock to fill the bases a third time. This time, Murphy's drive was pulled back by the EDH South centerfielder, and instead of a grand slam, he picked up a two-RBI sacrifice fly. The nature of the contest put Maidu manager in a great spot at this point in the elimination bracket of the tourney. He was able to remove starting pitcher Coleman Harring after one 12-pitch inning in which he fanned two hitters, and preserve him to be eligible as early as Sunday night. Jake Monsour and Nolan Murphy took it the rest of the way, holding EDH South to three hits and a single run in the fourth frame. A run-scoring single by Rodgrigues and a bases-loaded walk added two more for Maidu in the second. Max Shaw hit a two-run home run in the third and then Jordan Couch drove in another run to close out the Maidu scoring. Maidu will face Folsom American at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in another elimination game, with the winner earning the right to take on unbeaten Lakeside for the Major division championship. "We have all our pitching intact which is pretty rare on the third game of the loser's bracket," Zanolli said. "Folsom American will be tough but if our bats continue to stay hot I like our chances as we are playing really good baseball as a team."