One-hitter keeps Woodcreek in D54 Seniors tourney

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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FOLSOM — Pitchers Brett Bucey, Mitchell Brill and Austin Cass combined to pitch a one-hitter as Woodcreek defeated Gold Rush 9-2 on Sunday to stay alive in the Little League District 54 Senior All-Star Tournament at Lembi Park.

An RBI single in the top of the first inning was the only hit allowed by Woodcreek pitching. Woodcreek’s only error was an errant throw to first base.

Bucey started and pitched 4 2/3 innings, Brill pitched into the last inning, and Cass closed out the final two batters, the last on a strikeout.

Bucey set down Gold Rush in order in the second and retired three of four batters in the third. He struck out two.

Brill tied the score with a hard, two-out, two-run single down the third-base line with the bases loaded in the second.

The third inning got ugly. Gold Rush began by beaning leadoff hitter Austin McCarty, the fourth Woodcreek player to be hit by a pitch. Two hit batters, four fielding errors and a couple of hits added up to a seven-run rally for Woodcreek.
Cass singled in the go-ahead run after McCarty was beaned.

“We had really good pitching, our defense was really good, and our offense continued to hit line drives and singles through the infield,” Woodcreek manager Matt Sullivan said. “We’re going to have to play at a really high level to compete from here on.”

Woodcreek plays the Maidu/Roseville West winner on Monday in the losers’ bracket final. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.