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Woodcreek 11s keep on rolling over Roseville West

By: Galen Kusic, Special to The Press Tribune
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The 10/11-year-old all-stars from Woodcreek Little League continued an impressive run through the field at the District 54 tournament with a 12-1 victory over Roseville West Wednesday evening at Feist Park in Granite Bay. It was the sixth consecutive double-digit victory for Woodcreek and it guaranteed the squad a spot in the 10/11 tourney title game on Saturday. Woodcreek's bats continued to stay hot, but what may be most impressive about this team is a great eye at the plate. Woodcreek drew nine walks Wednesday, to match its nine hits - which were all singles. "We try to look for a pitch that we can drive, especially with runners in scoring position," said shortstop Tyler Malone. "We're known for hitting and playing pretty good defense, so we're just going to keep working on it." Malone was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk. Every Woodcreek player reached base during the game. The Woodcreek defense was excellent as well, as starter Justin Watari kept a perfect game going into the fourth inning before a bloop single to center bounced out of the diving second baseman's glove. Woodcreek made no errors, and made difficult plays look routine. Roseville West’s Austin Hall came to the plate in the fourth and snuck a ground ball through the left side to put Roseville on the board. Watari issued a walk after that, and was pulled - but Woodcreek got the next out to end the game. Watari finished with five strikeouts, and the win. "I was calm before the game," said Watari. "If we keep playing the ball we're playing right now, no one can probably stop us." Roseville West was forced to use three pitchers, with the free passes their most glaring problem. Roseville West will play Lakeside Thursday night in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. at Feist. The winner of that contest will earn the right to take a shot at knocking off this Woodcreek juggernaut, and while Woodcreek will need just one win to seal the banner, the Roseville West/Lakeside winner would need to take two games from unbeaten Woodcreek.