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Woodcreek 9-10 All-Stars advance with win over Folsom American

By: Matt Long
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Woodcreek Little League’s 9-10-year-old All-Stars made quick work of Folsom American on Wednesday, winning big in four innings, 17-3. Woodcreek ripped 15 hits and most were stung hard off of Folsom starter Kevin Huff and Ryan McBride, who replaced him in the third with Woodcreek leading 8-2. “We hit the way we can hit today,” Woodcreek coach Mike Baron said. “I think yesterday we got caught up in the bigger game (against Roseville), but today we hit like we normally do. We’re going to take it one game at a time and hopefully meet up with Roseville again.” In the loss to Roseville, Woodcreek only managed three hits, but offense wasn’t a problem on Wednesday at Mann Field in Folsom. Matthew Ornelas led off the second inning with a hit and Colton Baron followed with one of his own. Ornelas scored on the play when Baron got caught in a rundown between first and second. Folsom American took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second with a single by Adam McMahon, who was then replaced at first by Bill O’Donnell. O’Donnell moved to second on a wild pitch by Baron and then scored on a throwing error by Baron to tie the game. With Brent Schaeffer on third, Huff’s ground out put Folsom up 2-1. In the third however, Woodcreek sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs to break the game open. They benefitted from four Folsom errors, but Woodcreek swung hard with a two-run single by Casey Fischbach and a bases clearing triple by J.C. Santini. Joey Pankratz (double), Jack Rotteveel (single) and Jake Gross (single) also had hits in the inning. Woodcreek added eight more runs in the fourth inning with hits by Jack Klein, Jake Bianchi, Noah Kravich, Rotteveel, Pankratz, Drew Robinson and Fischbach. In his second at bat of the inning, Klein hit what looked like a routine fly ball, which Folsom centerfielder Tre Green couldn’t catch, which scored three runs. Folsom added its final run in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI groundout by Kody Madore. Woodcreek spread out the pitching duties to leave as many people available for the rest of the tournament. Santini pitched the first inning and was followed on the mound by Baron, Fischbach, Klein and Rotteveel. Woodcreek will play the Lakeside/Snowline winner at 5 p.m. Thursday.