Woodcreek walks into Section 4 9/10 championship game

Battle with West Sac goes 10 innings
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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What looked like a done deal turned into a 10-inning battle between Woodcreek and West Sacramento in the Little League Section 4 9/10-year-old All-Star Tournament on Monday night at Mahany Field.

One out away from a win, Woodcreek lost its lead in the sixth inning but came back to force extra innings and finally won 4-3 in 10.

Woodcreek led 2-0 heading into the sixth inning, but West Sac scored three runs. With two out, Woodcreek walked two batters, and Nathaniel Blengo doubled in both runners to tie the score. Blengo scored on a Justin Johnson single.

Woodcreek bounced back in bottom of the frame to force extra innings. Brock Thawley doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Brusa.

Pitching and defense ruled with both teams making tough plays before Woodcreek loaded the bases in the 10th. Daniel Susac and Kyle Kern had back-to-back hits and Thawley was intentionally walked.

With one out, Brusa stepped up and took his time at the plate. His patience paid off. He was walked, allowing Susac to score the winning run.

Woodcreek manager Mike Watari nearly was speechless.

“That was unbelievable,” he said.

Woodcreek's Aiden Martinez scored on a passed ball in the first, and in the fifth, Ryan Harvey singled and scored on a single by Zachery Watari.

Greg Rotteveel pitched 5 2/3 innings for Woodcreek. Watari and Krupp relieved.
The win sent Woodcreek into the championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday night’s losers' bracket final between Tri-City and West Sac.

“Hats off to West Sac,” Watari said. “They are a very talented team. I expect to see them again."