No mercy: Woodcreek 10-runs Roseville West for District 54 9/10 crown
It was nothing new for the Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars Saturday night, as a team of players that dyed their hair blonde to showcase their unity forced a mercy rule in the fifth inning of a 13-3 victory over Roseville West for the Little League District 54 championship.
Daniel Susac, Derek Taylor and Zachery Watari homered in the victory.
Woodcreek sealed the deal with six runs in the fifth inning. J.T. Bauser led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Dylan Morillas drove him in with a single and then came home on Taylor’s dinger.
Aiden Martinez drew a walk, Watari singled, and Susac walked to load the bases. They scored one by one on a single by Carson Blatnick, a fielder’s choice by Ethan Astor and an infield single by Bauser.
“We’re a very aggressive team with smart hitters,” assistant coach Tommy Bryce said. “They had an idea when they got to the plate and they executed it. They had a great game plan. In all my years of coaching Little League, this is by far the best hitting team.”
Woodcreek will advance to the Section 4 Tournament at Tahoe Tallac in Sacramento.
“The goal of this team is to win state,” Bryce said. “These kids are very dedicated. They’re going to work to get to our goal.”
Roseville West was a scrappy team that had just three returning all-stars. Manager Rich Fobbs said he was proud of his team’s performance in the tournament.
“We started with a group of guys that came from all different directions,” Fobbs said. “Very quickly into this we realized that we had a quality group of individuals. The strength of this group was their ability to play as a team. I am very proud of them.”