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Roseville West wins Major TOC title

Heryford’s arm, Harris’ bat carry Red Sox past Folsom National
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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In a battle between two cities, it was Roseville West Little League trumping Folsom National in the District 54 Major Tournament of Champions on Thursday night.

The Roseville West Red Sox defeated the Folsom National Giants 5-1 to claim the TOC title at Mahany Field.

“We were a team all year,” Roseville West coach Hunter Heryford said. “We didn’t have a lot of individuals; it was a team effort. There were other teams that were just as talented, but they didn’t play as a team like we did.”

The Roseville area can look forward to possible high school standouts by the names of Dalton Heryford and Savion Harris. Heryford pitched a three-hitter, showing excellent command of his fastball to the tune of six strikeouts and zero walks. Heryford complemented his arsenal with well-timed pitches in the dirt, as hitters lost sight of the ball thanks to a treacherous drop in the changeup and curveball.

“Dalton Heryford has been our guy all year,” Hunter Heryford said. “We really rode his back all year, as a pitcher and as a hitter. The good thing is that the rest of the team got around him and helped him out.”

Harris used his smooth inside-out swing and aggressive approach at the plate to go 3 for 3 with two doubles, a single, a walk, a run and an RBI.

“I just wanted to get on them early, get ahead in the count and then attack the first-pitch strike,” Harris said. “Don’t look for a walk. I was trying not to look for one.”

Roseville West’s big inning came in the third, when it scored four runs. Harris led off with a double, and Parker Crews drew a four-pitch walk. A fielding miscue on a Heryford ground ball loaded the bases, just in time for a double off the bat of Jake Littlejohn, bringing everyone home. Cory Nuss drove in Littlejohn with a groundout.

Folsom’s lone bright spot was cleanup man Andrew Romero, who smacked two hits and scored its only run on a single by Troy Shields in the fourth.

Among the big postgame celebration, Coach Heryford admitted he looks forward to seeing how his kids develop heading into high school.

“I’d love to see these kids develop into good high school players,” Heryford said. “Beyond that, it’s really up to them and their work ethic. I’m real proud of them, and I think they did a real fine job. I think there’s a good future for all these kids.”

ALL-STARS BEGIN
District 54 all-star tournaments start today with games at various sites. Here is this weekend’s schedule for Roseville-area teams:

Juniors
At Lembi Park, Folsom
Today:
Roseville West vs. Gold Rush, 4 p.m.; Maidu vs. Folsom National, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Woodcreek vs. Snowline, 4 p.m.

Majors
At Feist Park, Lakeside Little League
Today:
Lakeside vs. Folsom National, 2 p.m.; Maidu vs. Ponderosa, 5 p.m.;
Sunday: Lakeside vs. Folsom American, 5:30 p.m.; Woodcreek vs. El Dorado Hills, 5:30 p.m.

11-year-olds
At Maidu
Today:
Roseville West vs. El Dorado Hills, 1 p.m.; Maidu vs. Gold Rush, 4 p.m.; Lakeside vs. Ponderosa, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Roseville West vs. Folsom National, 5 p.m.; Woodcreek vs. Folsom American, 7:30 p.m.

9- and 10-year-olds
At Mitchell Field, El Dorado Hills
Today:
Maidu vs. Folsom National, 1 p.m.; Roseville West vs. Snowline, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Maidu vs. Ponderosa, 1 p.m.; Woodcreek vs. Folsom American, 4 p.m.