Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars force deciding title game

Pacifica American awaits with NorCal Division 2 banner on the line Friday
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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RANCHO MURIETA — The Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars put their fate in the hands of Daniel Susac, and the right-hander pitched a one-hitter to lift Woodcreek over Pacifica American 2-0 on Thursday night at Stonehouse Park.

Woodcreek’s victory forced a deciding championship game in the Little League Northern California Division 2 Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday.

In a 10-7 loss to Pacifica American on Tuesday, Carson Blatnick lasted two innings as the starter and Susac gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

The Susac-Blatnick duo dealt a nasty dose of revenge Thursday, as Blatnick caught Susac’s gem.

In his first starting assignment, Susac struck out the side in the third and fifth innings and totaled nine whiffs. He beaned one batter, allowed a leadoff hit in the fourth and didn’t allow a runner into scoring position. Susac retired nine in a row and ended the game on a strikeout.

Blatnick’s hard-hit ball resulted in an error at second base in the bottom of the fifth. Zachery Watari and Bradley Morin, running for Susac, scored on the play.

“I just knew I had to get the ball through the infield, so that way we could get at least one run home,” Blatnick said. “The second run was a bonus.”

Susac returned to the mound in the sixth and retired the Nos. 9, 1 and 2 hitters in order.

“It shows you when you play as a great team, against a great team, whichever one doesn’t make the errors and doesn’t walk batters wins,” Susac said.

Susac and Blatnick play travel ball together, and Blatnick said he has plenty of experience catching Susac, who normally is Woodcreek’s starting catcher.

Blatnick said he knew Susac had control of the game after he sat down the first three batters, including a strikeout to lead off the game.

“After he got through those guys and our defense made those plays, I knew it was going to be good,” Blatnick said.