Woodcreek has an arm and hammers in District 54 Junior final
Casey Fischbach wasn’t expecting to pitch Tuesday night.
“It was a last-minute call,” Woodcreek Little League Junior all-star manager Erik Hanson said with a smile.
A 13-run third inning by Ponderosa — against three Woodcreek pitchers — moved Hanson to call on Fischbach, and the right-hander carried his team on his back the rest of the way in a 22-13 victory for the District 54 championship at Mahany Park.
Ponderosa had 14 consecutive hitters reach base — one was thrown out at second — to erase a 5-0 deficit before Fischbach stepped onto the mound. He retired two of the next three hitters to stop the bleeding and finished with 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out five. One Ponderosa runner reached second the rest of the way.
Fischbach threw three effective pitches against Ponderosa: his fastball, curve and changeup.
“They tried to hit it, but they couldn’t,” he said. “I didn’t throw my knuckler.”
Woodcreek, meanwhile, kept hitting … and hitting … and hitting. It pulled within 13-12 with a seven-run fourth, regained the lead with six in the fifth and padded it with a four-run seventh.
Woodcreek totaled 24 hits with everyone in the order having at least one. Only one Woodcreek player didn’t score.
Jack Rotteveel went 5 for 6 with two of Woodcreek’s eight doubles, scored four runs and drove in three. Fischbach had two two-run doubles and an RBI single. Jason Headington drove in four runs with three hits. Joey Pankratz scored four runs and Drew Robinson three.
The teams combined to score 68 runs in two tournament meetings. Woodcreek outslugged Ponderosa 19-14 in the winners’ bracket final.
“I didn’t expect anything less, but I didn’t expect 22-13,” Hanson said. “Our kids showed unbelievable determination to win that game. Everybody contributed. That was nice to see.”
SECTION 4: JUNIOR
Where: Twin Oaks Community Park, 5500 Park Drive in Rocklin
When: District 54 Woodcreek vs. District 5, 5 p.m. Saturday.
Winners’ bracket final: 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Losers’ bracket games: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Championship: 7 p.m. Wednesday.