EDH Blue Jays club Ponderosa Padres, 13-1

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Joe Carroll almost single-handedly accounted for all of his team’s runs in the El Dorado Hills Major Blue Jays 13-1 win over Ponderosa on Tuesday.

Carroll drove in seven runs and scored four in the Blue Jays’ win over the Padres, which advanced the team to tonight’s quarterfinal game against Roseville at 6:30 p.m. at Jeff Mitchell Park in El Dorado Hills. The winner will play the Folsom National Marlins in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday at Maidu Park.

Carroll hit a solo home run in the first inning and followed with a three-run shot over the fence in the third inning. In the fourth, he tripled, before finishing his night with a two-run double in the fifth.

“The players surprise me on a daily basis, so I shouldn’t be surprised because they do it every day,” Blue Jays manager Bud Carroll said. “We’re playing good baseball right now. I don’t think we had any errors tonight, and then there’s Joe.”

Bryson Elliott also had a great night for the Jays, as he, like Carroll, went four-for-four. Elliott hit a solo home run and added three singles, while scoring two runs. Leadoff hitter Jonah Copley also had two hits, as did Cade Fair.

Tyler Clanton pitched the first three innings and left the game with an 8-1 lead. Elliott pitched the next two innings, before Carroll threw the last inning.

“Every team is the best team from their league, so you never know what you’re going to get,” Carroll said. “The kids are having fun, but every game is different. It depends which 13 kids are going to show up every night.”