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Woodcreek 11s roll over Roseville West

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS — Woodcreek Little League’s 11-year-old all-star team won its second game of the weekend, beating Roseville West 17-4 on Sunday in District 54 pool play at Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field.

Woodcreek took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and belted three home runs on top of a five-run fourth and a seven-run sixth. Roseville West pulled to 4-4 in the third but couldn’t keep up with its crosstown rival’s firepower.

One day after rallying to a 7-6 walk-off win over Lakeside, Woodcreek shared the load Sunday.

Kyle Kern’s three-run homer in the first wasn’t enough to put away Roseville West, but his RBI double in the third, run-scoring error in the fourth and single in the fifth made it difficult to defend Woodcreek’s buckshot hitting.

“I was a little nervous in the beginning because they’re a really good team, but when I saw a pitch I like to hit, I just went after it,” Kern said.

His home run was followed by a solo blast from Jake Brusa in the fifth and a two-run homer from Greg Rotteveel during a seven-run sixth that saw Woodcreek belt six hits.

Roseville West pitchers Rylan Woods and Taylor Anderson were hit hard in the sixth. They were the fourth and fifth pitchers sent to the mound.

It was a turnaround from Saturday, when Spencer Newsome, Ben Furdek and Kaiden Watry combined to throw a no-hitter for Roseville West in a 12-0 win over Gold Rush.

Roseville West manager Brian Anderson said playing against Woodcreek was brutal.

“They absolutely crushed the ball,” Anderson said. “We kind of did some different things with our pitching at that point, but it was what it was. We’ll be OK. We need to win the next two to guarantee going to the next round, but if we split the next two we’re going to need a little help.”

Woodcreek hasn’t needed help in the tournament to this point. Woodcreek hit for the cycle in the sixth, beginning with a two-run double by Kaden Siska and finishing with Kern’s single.

“The whole team contributed a lot. We had a couple pinch runners, pinch hitters and all that. It was a great team performance,” Kern said.

Woodcreek plays against Folsom American on Tuesday. Roseville West’s next game is against Lakeside on Tuesday.

In another game, Maidu defeated Folsom National 9-7 on Saturday.