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Woodcreek Junior all-stars make their mark before going down in Section 4 title game

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN — Woodcreek Little League’s Junior all-star team lost in the championship game of the Section 4 Tournament on Wednesday night, an 11-1 outcome against Rocklin at Twin Oaks Park, but it left a few footprints along the way.

In addition to winning the District 54 championship banner, Woodcreek received several memorable performances.

Jack Rotteveel had two “outstanding” tournaments, head coach Erik Hanson said. Rotteveel homered during the District 54 tournament at Woodcreek’s home field and played well behind the plate as catcher.

And, Justin Watari produced a big-time performance, coming on in relief to save Woodcreek’s 10-9 victory over College Glen to send Woodcreek to the final. Woodcreek lost to College Glen 13-2 in its Section 4 Tournament opener.

“The biggest win for us was with College Glen,” Hanson said. “To see Justin Watari come in and put that team down was a big win for us.”

Woodcreek selected 12 individuals to the all-star team, “and we came together as a team," Hanson said. “Every player on this team contributed, and we had a great time with the kids.”

Woodcreek was held to two hits in the final. Bailey Thompson walked and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single by Watari.