Woodcreek can't overcome Tri-City in Section 4 Junior
The Woodcreek Little League Junior all-star team that thought it could go all the way had one big obstacle – the Tri-City all-stars.
Woodcreek sustained its first loss of the season at the hands of Tri-City 5-1 on Saturday in the first round of the Section 4 Tournament.
After battling through the losers’ bracket, Woodcreek and Tri-City met again Tuesday night at C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights. Woodcreek suffered the same fate, falling to Tri-City 8-1 and ending the team’s hope for a run to the World Series.
The Achilles' heel for Woodcreek was stranded runners. The team left 14 on base Tuesday, spoiling a bases-loaded opportunity and more.
Woodcreek also had just two hits against Tri-City pitchers Trent Homan and Dylan Smethurst.
“We got walked nine times, had two hits and got one run,” frustrated Woodcreek manager James Penn said.
Tri-City, on the other hand, had timely hits with runners in scoring position.
Tri-City took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, as Av Sauer scored on a double by Joey Rohmer.
Woodcreek tied it in the top of the third on a single by Carson Farnworth that scored Hank Pankratz.
It was all Tri-City after that. With one out in the third, Jacob Erickson singled and scored on a Logan Webb double. Webb scored on a single by Sauer for a 3-1 lead.
Woodcreek loaded the bases in the fourth, but Homan closed the inning with a strikeout.
“We had a World Series-or-bust kind of attitude, so for me it’s an incomplete summer,” Penn said.
Tri-City scored five more runs over the next four innings to earn another shot at unbeaten Arden in the championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“That’s a very good team over there,” Tri-City coach Kevin Smethurst said of Woodcreek. “I think (Tuesday night) we just outplayed them.”
Tri-City lost to Arden 9-8 on Monday in the winners' bracket final.
“They have a good little scrappy team,” Smethurst said of Arden. “We’ve got to play a little bit better. We struggled on defense against them. We’ve got to put the ball in play."