Roseville West Major all-stars pound Woodcreek, advance

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Roseville West Little League’s Major all-stars advanced to the double-elimination portion of the District 54 tournament with a 16-1 five-inning drubbing of cross-town rival Woodcreek on Thursday evening at Feist Park.

Its final game in pool play was a return to form for Roseville West (3-1), which hit three home runs. A solo homer in the second inning by Jared Tavares was only half of his impressive story.

Teammate Ben Welker sent Tavares to the mound with a 4-0 lead after slugging a three-run shot in the top of the first.

A solo homer by Woodcreek’s Lucas Gather in the bottom half was one of two hits Tavares allowed through four innings. He walked one and struck out six. Tyler Smith singled off Tavares in the third, and Tavares countered by retiring the next five batters.

“We play travel ball with most of those kids, so it felt great,” Tavares said. “I just felt comfortable out there and relied on my defense and catcher. It was just fun.”

Roseville West retired the final eight Woodcreek hitters with Joe Cirrincione recording a 1-2-3 fifth. Cirrincione went 3 for 4 with four RBI, including a two-run homer in the fifth. Tavares and Nathan Sindelar had two RBI each and Chase Nelson one.

Woodcreek fell to 1-2 in pool play. Manager Mike Baron said his team came prepared for Roseville West like it was an elimination game.

“We were looking forward to this game,” Baron said. “El Dorado Hills helped us out, and it just didn’t work out that way. We’re not going to get it done with two base hits.”

El Dorado Hills (2-1) put Woodcreek out of contention with a 6-0 win over Gold Rush on Thursday.

Roseville West raised its run total to 61 in four games, 33 more than Lakeside (2-1) and El Dorado Hills (2-1). Lakeside and El Dorado Hills meet at 5 p.m. Saturday.