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Woodcreek Juniors fight back with 13-2 romp

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Woodcreek Little League’s Junior all-star squad was out for redemption Sunday night after falling into the losers’ bracket of the Section 4 Tournament at C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights.

Woodcreek, which scored 111 runs in the District 54 tournament, was shut down in a 5-1 loss to Tri-City on Saturday.

“He was as good as it gets,” Woodcreek manager James Penn said of Tri-City pitcher Logan Webb.

It was a different story Sunday, as Woodcreek bounced back with a 13-2 rout of Land Park Pacific.

“We told our players … we’re not going to go to the World Series and not lose a game; it’s not going to happen,” Penn said. “It’s a gut check. Our guys said they’re up for the challenge.”

Woodcreek scored two runs in the first inning on no hits and a little help from Land Park Pacific errors.

Land Park tied the score in the bottom of the inning on Garrick McCall’s two-run double, but Woodcreek pulled away.

“We still didn’t really hit the ball well,” Penn said. “We may have had maybe eight hits. … A lot of breaks went our way. A lot of balls bounced and went this way. (Saturday) night we couldn’t buy a break.”

Leading 4-2, Woodcreek blew open the game in the fourth. With no outs, Nate Kaslan hit a bases-loaded triple for a 7-2 lead. Kaslan was 4 for 4 with four RBI and four runs scored. Brennan Spezia doubled in Kaslan.

Josh Smith pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 in five innings to help send Woodcreek to a 5 p.m. meeting against Rio Linda on Monday.

“Most of my pitchers are ready; still got a lot of pitching left,” Penn said. “We’re going to use everyone who needs to be used to do what we need to do. If we lose, we go home. No use in saving somebody for Wednesday if we can’t get past Monday.”