Woodcreek pounds Ponderosa in District 54 Major TOC championship
FOLSOM — Some championship teams are true underdogs, teams that reject all obstacles and achieve far beyond their means.
The Woodcreek Padres are no underdogs. The Padres completed a perfect 25-0 season with a 13-3 victory over the Ponderosa A team in the District 54 Major Tournament of Champions final Wednesday night at Mann Park.
Woodcreek won four of its five TOC games on the 10-run mercy rule.
“We played really well,” Padres coach Tom Bryce said. “Everything went our way. With the bats, we got hot at the right time. The kids were always focused, and they had a game plan when they went to bat.”
The anti-Bad News Bears were led by their star trio of Dennis Boatman, Daniel Susac and Jack Klein. Each hit a home run and combined to score seven runs.
“I just wanted to stay on top of the ball and try to hit a line drive,” Susac said. “I didn’t try to get under it and hit a home run.”
Boatman started on the mound for Woodcreek and struck out four in two innings. At the plate, he let it rip for a laser shot in the third inning.
“I got walked and hit in the first (two) at-bats, so I wanted to get a big hit,” Boatman said. “It would be the last hit of the year, so I knew it mattered.”
Susac drove in three runs with a homer and sacrifice fly. Klein blasted a three-run homer in the second and singled in the third.
Susac and Dylan will play on Woodcreek’s 9/10 all-star team. Carter Krupp will play on the 11-year-old team, and Klein and Boatman will play on the Major team.
“25-0. That’s what I’m going to remember most,” Bryce said. “I’ve been coaching Little League baseball for 15 to 20 years, and you hear stories about this or that, but I’ve never heard of a team going undefeated for the whole season. I’ve never seen a team go undefeated in this district, and this is a tough district.”