Woodcreek moves into Section 4 Junior final
ROCKLIN — Woodcreek Little League’s Junior all-stars lived to fight another day in the Section 4 Tournament, holding on for dear life to beat College Glen 10-9 on Tuesday night at Twin Oaks Park.
The victory put Woodcreek in the championship game against unbeaten Rocklin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
After losing a 7-2 lead, Woodcreek dug in and scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to lead 10-7 with the top of College Glen’s order due up in the bottom half.
With two outs and the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at the plate, closer Justin Watari watched as a deep fly ball drifted out to Bailey Thompson in right field.
“I was thinking, ‘Please Bailey, catch the ball,’ ” Watari said.
Thompson made the catch about 20 feet in front of the wall to stymie the threat after College Glen scored two runs on a single.
“It looked far when it was hit, but I took a couple steps back and started running and I knew I had it,” Thompson said.
College Glen, which pounded Woodcreek 13-2 in a tournament opener, scored two runs off starter Cole Snider in the first for its only lead.
A two-run double by Spencer Cody evened the score in the second, and an RBI single by Drew Robinson and an error put Woodcreek up 4-2 in the third.
Another error scored a run, and Casey Fischbach’s two-run single that bounced off the face of College Glen’s second baseman made it 7-2 in the fourth.
Jack Rotteveel and Joey Pankratz worked in relief of Snider. Pankratz gave up four runs on two bases-loaded walks and a two-run double in the fifth.
Thompson’s game-saving catch came 1½ innings after he drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth on a groundout.
In the top of the seventh, Rotteveel’s ground-rule double drove in a run, and Pankratz’s bloop single plated the necessary 10th run.