EDH 9-10's eliminate Folsom AmericanBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
A 17-10 win over Folsom American Friday advanced El Dorado Hills into the final three of the District 54 Little League 9-10 All-Star Tournament.
El Dorado Hills will play Lakeside at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship game at 4 p.m. against Woodcreek.
The El Dorado Hills bats were hot, as they pounded out 15 hits in five innings; including three from Kaden Koschik, who reached base all four times he stepped to the plate. Koschik doubled and hit two singles, while driving in a run.
Ryan Throckmorton, Andrew Del Pizzo, Jake Fields and Tyler Clanton, El Dorado Hills’ four through seven hitters, each had two hits. Del Pizzo doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Fields hit a home run and knocked in four runs. Clanton had two RBIs and Throckmorton drove in one.
Ninth-place hitter Nick Pallari had two hits and two RBIs, while Joe Carroll and Dylan Westbrook each had one hit.
Folsom American led 6-4 after 1 ½ innings, but El Dorado Hills took the lead for good with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 12-6. Del Pizzo’s two-run double gave El Dorado Hills a 7-6 lead, which they never lost.
“We hit the ball,” EDH Manager Wes Clanton said. “One through 13, we hit the ball. Tyler Clanton came in and shut them down, as his off-speed pitch was working. This team is playing as a team and starting to gel and that makes us tough to beat.”
Folsom American had a 2-0 and 6-4 lead after their first two at bats, but couldn’t hold on to it. Ryan Shehadi had an RBI single in the first. Adam Smaglik had a two-run single in the second and Michael Granrud followed with a two-run double to put Folsom in front 6-4.
After El Dorado Hills’ eight-run second, Folsom never got closer than five runs, 15-10. Trailing 15-7 in fourth, Folsom American got two runs back with a RBI single from Smaglik and a RBI double from Shehadi. In the fifth, Taylor Allen grounded out to score another run to make it 15-10.
EDH scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning with RBIs from Clanton and Tate Hall.
Folsom American finished with eight hits; two from Shehadi and Smaglik, who both drove in two runs. Jadon Waldron, Cooper Babb and Granrud each doubled, while Dylan Dray singled.
“It was a great tournament,” Folsom Manager Jeff Alkire said. “The group practiced hard and we had a young, diverse group with seven guys from majors, six from Triple A, including one 9-year-old. They worked as hard as ever and got a lot better. We battled and did not roll over and quit. Sometimes you can’t control the outcome. I’m proud of these guys.”