Roseville West tops Maidu in Senior division all-star play

Reece, Rivera combine on two-hitter
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The Little League District 54 Senior division all-star tournament looks like a three-way battle between the leagues in Roseville. With Woodcreek awaiting the winner, Roseville West and Maidu got together Thursday night in the winner’s bracket of the tourney, being contested at Folsom’s Lembi Park. Roseville West did enough offensively to claim a 4-0 win, particularly because it was able to ride an outstanding performance on the bump. Mark Reece threw the first five innings for West, limiting Maidu to just two hits. Blake Rivera threw the final two frames, striking out the side in the seventh while allowing just one base runner on a walk. Andrew Koumelis threw well for Maidu as well, tossing the first five before yielding to Kyle Mott for Roseville West’s final time at bat. The difference in the game was all about timely hitting, and Roseville West had plenty of that. An error opened the door for West in the bottom of the first, and with two outs Zach Anderson legged out an infield single to bring up Reece. The Roseville hurler helped his own cause with an RBI single. They added a second run in the second stanza after hits by Chris Lewis and Braxton Phillips. That duo then executed a double steal and while Phillips was being tagged out, Lewis raced home with a run. A big play came in the top of the fourth. Koumelis ripped a double to right-centerfield, but tried to stretch it for three and was thrown out on a well-executed relay from Phillips to Alex Roper to Lewis at third. It was the inning’s second out and took Maidu out of one of its best scoring chances. Roper delivered a run-scoring single in the home half of the fourth to increase the lead again, and then Roseville West turned a strikeout into a fourth run in the fifth. Garrett Nunnaly struck out to open the inning, but reached base when the ball go through Maidu’s catcher. Nunnaly stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a Reece infield single. Koumelis had both Maidu hits in the game, while Reece struck out 10 Maidu hitters in five innings. Phillips banged out three hits to lead Roseville West, and Reece had a pair of hits. Maidu now must face Folsom National in an elimination bracket game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lembi, while Roseville West moves on to face Woodcreek in the winner’s bracket at 7 p.m. Saturday.