Woodcreek 9-10 all-stars topple El Dorado Hills 20-8 to force Wednesday’s “if” gameBy: Ike Dodson■Roseville Press Tribune
Conner Enslow’s first career home run was a first-inning grand slam as his Woodcreek 9-10 all-stars rallied to stay alive in the District 54 championships with a 20-8 shellacking of El Dorado Hills Tuesday at Roseville High's Richards Field.
Woodcreek was bounced to the loser’s bracket by El Dorado Hills just two days prior, but forced Wednesday’s “if” game in the 9-10 finals by scoring all their runs in just three at-bats to end the contest in the top of the fourth (mercy rule).
“Our boys were ready for the challenge tonight,” Woodcreek coach Erik Hanson said. “We can’t be overconfident (Wednesday). We have to make sure we come out and play our game.”
Zack Malone scored the first run Tuesday on a Jacob Harvey double, and then Enslow blasted a pitch over the centerfield fence to make it a 5-0 game in just the first inning.
“It felt great to hit my very first home run,” Enslow said. “I’m really excited. It’s the best day of my life.”
Woodcreek’s Isaac Hawthrone was 4 for 4 with three singles and a three-RBI home run in the bottom of the third inning that effectively put El Dorado Hills away for good.
“In my last game I didn’t do as well, but I did very good in this game,” Hawthrone said. “I’m glad I made all-stars to play with all of my friends.”
El Dorado Hills took a 6-5 lead in the top of the second after consecutive scores and a two-RBI single by Jack Carroll. Woodcreek responded with four runs in the bottom frame, then 13 in a wild third inning.
“I think we would have lost to pretty much anybody tonight,” El Dorado Hills coach Mike Frank said. “They came out and laid an egg.”
“I don’t think it had anything to do with (Woodcreek) as much as it had to do with us not being ready to play.”
El Dorado's Brady Routon was tagged for the early runs on the mound, but went 2 for 3 at the plate. Braden Frank was 2 for 2 with two runs scored as well.
Woodcreek hitters tallied 14 total base knocks. Hawthrone, Harvey (3 for 3) and Malone (2 for 3) each scored four times. Woodcreek substitutions also got into the hit parade.
Hawthrone, Caden Thompson and Gerald Hanson pitched for Woodcreek.
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