Three local teams still alive in District 54 TOCBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
As of Tuesday morning, three local teams are still alive in the District 54 Tournament of Champions.
Folsom National’s Marlins are alive in the Major Tournament, as they prepare to play Ponderosa on Tuesday evening. The Marlins opened the tournament Saturday with a 15-4 win over Cosumnes River. A nine-run fourth inning was the beginning of the end for Cosumnes, as Landon McMahon doubled, Tyler Duck and Ty Tavalero singled, while the Marlins benefitted from four bases on balls. Duck ended the game with three hits. He also pitched three innings and allowed three runs on one hit and struck out six. Christian Serrano threw the final inning.
The Marlins won Monday’s game over Divide by forfeit, and entered Tuesday’s game with a 17-5 record this season. The winning team advances to the semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday at Maidu Park.
The El Dorado Hills Blue Jays face Ponderosa on Tuesday evening. The Blue Jays opened the tournament Saturday with a 7-2 win over Hangtown. Tyler Clanton singled in the first to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. Clanton and Joe Carroll had multiple hits with Carroll hitting a home run in the sixth inning.
Bryson Elliott started the game on the mound and pitched 2 1/3 innings before Clanton threw the rest of the game, striking out six.
The EDH Nationals were eliminated from the Major tournament on Monday after a 5-4 loss to the Maidu Yankees. The Nationals scored two runs in each of the first two innings, but couldn’t score after that. In the first inning, Easton Cochran tripled to score Gino Skaggs, before scoring himself on a wild pitch.
Maidu scored three runs in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run by Jace Kim.
In the second inning, Cochran walked with the bases loaded, and Wyatt Armstrong was hit by a pitch to drive in another run to put the Nationals in front 4-3.
A home run by Chase Bentley tied the game at four in the third inning. Six batters later, an infield hit by Noah Bernard scored the game-winning run for Maidu.
The Nationals nearly tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, but had a runner forced out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Maidu finished off the Nationals with a strikeout.
“We played well, but the bats didn’t come through at the right time,” Nationals manager John Skaggs said. “We had a shot at the end, but didn’t pull it out.”
The loss brought an end to the team’s nine-game winning streak.
“We had solid pitching, played catch, and got hits when we needed them,” Skaggs said of the streak. “We had a good season. We became solid defensively as the season progressed, which was great to see. We finished with a 17-6 record. The parent support is what did it for us.”
Gino Skaggs and Gina Brunolli will represent the Nationals in the upcoming District 54 All-Star tournament.
In the Junior division, the Folsom American Red Sox square off against Hangtown on Tuesday in the semifinals. The winner advances to the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Nisenan Park in Folsom. The Red Sox opened the tournament Sunday with 8-7 win over Lakeside.