Rough section start for Woodcreek 11s

By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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One-half inning into the Little League Section 4 tournament in Rio Linda, the Tri-City 11-year-old all-stars were ready for game two. In their opening tournament game against the Woodcreek 11’s on Saturday the stars from Tri-City put up 10 runs in the first frame. The majority of runs were scored with just one out facing Woodcreek starter Matthew Ornelas, until Tri-City totaled a 15-2 final. Ahead 10-0 Tri-City kept their shutout running through 3 2/3 innings. Jack Rotteveel put through Woodcreek’s only run in a two-out, full-count battle in the bottom of four. Fouling off a sixth pitch, the seventh was Rotteveel’s RBI single. The game high for pitching changes however, belonged to Woodcreek with five. Down 10-0 it became a delicate balance between pitch count and keeping an edge in the game for Woodcreek Manager Max Tapia. Ornelas was on the bump for the first seven runs. He managed a strikeout in between the first six runs scored and an error at the plate the resulted in relief. Through 1/3 inning Ornelas also had two walks before Drew Robinson replaced him on the rubber. Continuing to match their scoring with the triple-digit heat Tri-City touched Robinson in his first batter faced for a two-run double followed by a sacrifice groundout for the 10-0 margin after one. Next with the ball was Joey Pankratz. In his last job on the mound Pankratz held Lakeside scoreless in his one inning with two strikeouts. He added to his scoreless pitching record earning a tag out, groundout and strikeout through three outs split between the third and fourth innings. J.C. Santini, Rotteveel and Casey Fischbach all took a turn on the mound, but it just wasn’t to be on this Saturday night in Rio Linda. Woodcreek escaped the fifth down by 14 runs thanks to a 4-3-5 inning ending double play. Pankratz added a late home run to the Woodcreek cause, but it was a rare offensive positive on a tough day at the yard.