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EDH 10-year-olds claim District 54 All-Star title

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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A 13-3 win over Woodcreek Thursday night at Mann Park in Folsom gave the El Dorado Hills 10-year-old All-Star team a District 54 title.

The El Dorado Hills team held a narrow 2-0 lead until scoring 11 runs on 10 hits in the top of the fifth inning, as eight different players drove in runs in the inning. Woodcreek countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Alekx Bentley got the final out to end the game.

“It’s an awesome group,” El Dorado Hills Manager Jon Rodenspiel said. “They work hard, they’ve gotten better, and we ended up here. This team puts the ball in play, and puts pressure on the other team. We throw strikes, and most importantly, we play good defense.”

El Dorado Hills jumped on top of Woodcreek with a run in the second inning when Mateo Reynolds singled and eventually scored on a Woodcreek error. In the third inning, Bentley made it 2-0 with a solo home run.

Woodcreek had runners reach second base in the first and second innings, but EDH got out of the situations unscathed. In the first, Reynolds got a lineout and strikeout to end the scoring threat. In the second, Hudson King induced a groundout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, EDH got the first two outs before Woodcreek hit three consecutive singles, two which didn’t make it out of the infield, to load the bases with their biggest threat of the game. King rose up, however, getting a strikeout to end the inning, before the EDH exploded in the top of the fifth inning.

Brody Timms led off the inning with a double and Ridge Ivey followed with an RBI single. Bentley and Reynolds later hit RBI singles before a two-run single by Noah Teply made it 7-0.

Timms and King had RBI singles before a bases-loaded walk by Jonah Copley pushed across the tenth run. Evan Carson hit a sacrifice fly, before another run came in on a passed ball. Bentley knocked in the team’s final run with a double to make it 13-0. Bentley finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

“The top-three guys in the lineup have led us this whole tournament,” Rodenspiel said. “The top of the order has scored runs every time they’re up.”

The EDH 10-year-old All-Stars now advance to the section tournament, where play begins at 5 p.m. Thursday in Nevada City.