Monday Jul 20 2009
Woodcreek 9/10s can't stop Wong or hold lead, fall to elimination bracket
By: Press Tribune sports staff
Rematch with Tri-City set for Monday night
The hitting of Land Park Pacific slugger Aaron Wong proved too much in the end for the 9/10-year-old all-stars from Woodcreek Little League on Sunday at LPP’s Dooley Field in Sacramento. The District 54 champions went to the home half of the fourth frame in the Section 4 tournament with an 8-2 advantage, but they were unable to make it stand up as Land Park came roaring back to win 11-9 in extra innings. Matthew Ornelas led off the game for Woodcreek with a base hit, but that was the extent of the damage against Land Park starter Isaiah Tait, who did not allow a run in the opening stanza. With Ornelas on the bump for Woodcreek, Land Park Pacific managed to push across a single run in the bottom of the inning to take the early lead, but that would not last long. Woodcreek took advantage of some sloppy defense in scoring three times on just one Noah Kravich hit in the second to take a 3-1 advantage. The bats came alive for Woodcreek in the third, as the team banged out three hits, with the big blow coming off the bat of Dominic Rucker, who blasted a three-run home run to add to the lead. The home half of the inning provided a preview of coming attractions, as Wong drilled a solo long ball to keep the contest interesting at 6-2. The scoring ended there, but the inning did not, as Land Park loaded the bases with two outs after three singles off of reliever Colton Baron. A fourth base hit would have pulled the game closer, except it was taken away as Woodcreek left fielder Jake Bianchi gunned down the runner headed to third for a force out that ended the inning without additional damage. A two-run round-tripper off the bat of JC Santini gave Woodcreek the commanding 8-2 lead after 3 ½ innings, but Land Park Pacific was just getting started. Woodcreek miscues on consecutive plays allowed one run in the fourth, and after it was unable to add to its margin in the fifth, Tate belted a two-run shot in the bottom portion of the inning. Following another Woodcreek pitching change, a pair of walks put Wong in prime position and he did not disappoint, pounding a three-run home run that evened the contest at 8-8. After a scoreless sixth, the game proceeded to the extra session, and Woodcreek posted a number in the top of the inning as Baron singled and then came in to score on a close play at the dish after a Casey Fischbach knock. Unfortunately for Woodcreek, it had to deal with Wong one more time, and the results did not vary. Land Park Pacific put two aboard to open the seventh to set the stage for Wong’s walk-off three-run long ball that ended the game.