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Woodcreek chewing up 11-year-old tourney foes

No runs allowed in two bracket games
By: Staff Report
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A combination of dominant pitching and overwhelming offense has allowed Woodcreek's 11-year-old all-star team to power its way through so far. After crushing three opponents by a combined 49-16 during pool play, the team has really turned up its game in the six-team double-elimination portion of the Little League District 54 11-year-old all-star tournament at Richards Field in Roseville. Woodcreek has played two games without allowing a single run, while scoring 32 of its own. It began Tuesday with an 18-0 whitewashing of El Dorado Hills South. Noah Kravich lead off the top half of the first and then scored ahead of Jack Rotteveel on his two-run long ball. Joey Pankratz left the yard as well with a solo shot. While JC Santini was crafting a perfect game on the bump in this contest that was shortened to four innings by the 10-run mercy rule, his whole team was breaking out the heavy lumber. Santini and Ornelas also homered for Woodcreek as the team poured it on, capping the day with a nine-run top half of the fourth. Santini struck out five of the minimum possible 12 batters that he faced in the contest and no El Dorado Hills South batters reached base. In addition to liking what he saw with his team, Woodcreek manager Wes Fischbach was particularly impressed with the attitude of the team from EDH South during this lopsided affair. "I was very impressed with the EDH South team," Fischbach said. "It was a difficult game for them to be in, but they never gave up, never dropped their heads, and they played with heart, including their coaches, the entire game They should be proud of their ball club and the way they play." The win brought Woodcreek back to the yard to face a rested Maidu team that it had beaten during pool play. Maidu had the opening round bye in the double-eliminaton bracket. In this one, Woodcreek batted around, sending 14 batters to the plate in the first frame on its way to a 14-0 win. Woodcreek scored eight first-inning runs on four singles, three doubles (Santini, Ornelas, and Kravich), an error and two walks. Ornelas had a bit of an adventure in the Maidu first. Adam Alvarez singled to start things out for Maidu, and then Tyler Weaver reached on an error. Jordan Chapin lifted a high fly ball to deep center field that was run down by Spencer Cody for the first out. With the runners tagging up to advance, Cody overthrew third base, but when Alvarez tried to take advantage, he was tossed out at the plate by Ornelas, who was backing up the play at third. A three-run home run by Ornelas increased the advantage to 11-0 in the third Maidu created another chance to get its offense untracked in the home half of the third as it loaded the bases on walks. Casey Fischbach got the call out of the bullpen to face David Trujillo with the bases juiced and just one out. Trujillo smoked the ball, but it was right at Kravich, at shortstop, who reeled it in for the second out. A ground ball to short allowed Woodcreek to escaped unscathed. Justin Smith's triple was one of the highlights of a fourth inning that saw Woodcreek tack on three more runs to provide cushion as they looked to preserve pitching and close the game out early by the mercy rule. When Maidu was unable to score against Fischbach in the fourth, the game was over. Maidu moves on to a game of survival Friday night when it plays the host team, Roseville West, in a 5 p.m. elimination game. Woodcreek moves on to face high-scoring Lakeside in a battle to be the last remaining team in the winner's bracket of the tournament.