Woodcreek 11s force "if" game with Lakeside

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS — The Woodcreek 11-year-olds forced a deciding game in the Little League District 54 all-star tournament.

Woodcreek tied the score in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run with no outs in the fifth to beat Lakeside 10-7 Saturday night at Mitchell Field in the third meeting between the squads.

Starting pitcher Andrew Cordell threw a complete game, and his team scored three runs in each of the last two innings to seal it.

Lakeside and Woodcreek split two previous games in the postseason. Lakeside won the second meeting 11-6 Thursday to advance to the championship game, but it wasn’t enough to drop Woodcreek’s heads.

Jake Brusa homered. Greg Rotteveel, Kyle Kern and Ryan Harvey drove in runs in the fourth. A passed ball in the fifth scored Cordell, and RBI from Brock Thawley and Kern provided insurance.

“We don’t have to stop now,” said Cordell, a former PONY player. “Woodcreek won it last year, and that’s why I moved to Woodcreek Little League this year.”

Cordell and Woodcreek will play Lakeside for the championship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lakeside manager Jim Radler said what Woodcreek manager John Brusa said: It will be a battle.

“My team can do it, but we absolutely have to bring our A game against these guys,” Radler said. “We played pretty loose up until now. It’s a back-and-forth game between us, and I wouldn’t expect anything less (Sunday).”

Said Brusa, “(Sunday) will be a battle again. It’s never an easy road to get out of D54.”