Woodcreek 10-11 all-stars help complete the ‘Fab Five’ with District 54 TitleBy: Ike Dodson■Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
EL DORADO HILLS — Carson Keim was given an 85-pitch limit during Woodcreek Little League’s 10-11 division showdown with Folsom National in the District 54 title game at Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field Wednesday.
Even counting when he heaved celebratory ice water onto coach Gary Aubin as another throw, Keim beat Folsom National with one pitch to spare.
Woodcreek scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead and Keim downed the next three batters in succession to finish an 8-2 title triumph.
Since the Woodcreek 9-10 all-stars went on to win their finale Wednesday against feisty El Dorado Hills, Woodcreek won all five District 54 all-star banners this summer.
Keim put Woodcreek on the board with a solo home run in the third inning. He allowed Folsom National’s Adam DeWall to belt a two-RBI homer in the third, but struck out DeWall to open a tense final frame in the bottom of the sixth. Keim also struck out the next hitter, then forced a groundout to shortstop with his 83rd pitch of the game.
Keim could have thrown past the 85-pitch limit if he hit the mark in the middle of an at-bat, but didn’t need extra tosses to finish this one. He walked none, downed 12 hitters via strikes and surrendered only five hits.
“I just tried my best to get through this, win it for my team,” Keim said after the game. “I just focused the whole game.
“It just shows how much we worked, how much we put effort toward it.”
Keim and Michael Wright each hit 2 for 3 while all 13 Woodcreek players got into the action. Cooper Thompson cracked a key fifth-inning single to keep the rally going.
"We had nine kids that were new to this all-star team," coach Aubin said. "It was really a testament to the four returning kids, Luke Aubin, Cade Blevins, Carson Keim and Cooper Thompson.
"They showed tremendous leadership from the very first practice."
Erik Johnson batted 2 for 2 to lead Folsom National while Ryan Stafford and Charlie Simons managed hits. Damon Haberman pitched well in the first four innings, but departed in the fifth after reaching his pitch limit.
“I think we did fantastic in this tournament,” Folsom National coach Jason DeWall said. “We held (Woodcreek), but that fifth inning got to us.
“I think the teams were pretty evenly matched.”
Woodcreek will move on to face the winner of Districts 6 and 11 in the Section 4 quarterfinals Sunday at Stonehouse Park in Rancho Murieta.
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