Frank, Routon lead EDH Major All-Stars over Folsom AmericanBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Braden Frank set the tone in the first inning of what Folsom American was up against in the District 54 Major All-Star Tournament winner’s bracket final on Saturday morning.
Frank hit a two-run home run in the top half of the inning and struck out two batters in the bottom half of the inning, and El Dorado Hills was on its way to a 9-0 victory.
The win advances EDH to the title game at 6 p.m. Monday at Mann Park in Folsom. Folsom American will play the winner of Roseville West and Woodcreek at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Frank reached base all four times he stepped to the plate, adding a single and two walks to his home run. On the mound, he allowed only one hit and struck out nine in five innings.
“We ran into a buzz saw of a pitcher,” Folsom Manager Bob Tremain said. “I don’t know if there’s anyone around that has his command. They also made some good plays in the field. Our pitchers hit their spots, but El Dorado Hills’ batters executed. That’s a very good team.”
El Dorado Hills had 11 hits in the game, two apiece from Frank, Calin Trexler, Brady Routon, Andy Uharriet and Jack Pina. Cole Armstrong also had a RBI single. Routon carried a big stick, as he hit a home run and double and drove in four runs. Uharriet tripled and Pina also knocked in a run.
Folsom American didn’t have a runner reach base until the fourth inning when Jake Eckerd and Sam Anderson reached on back-to-back errors. Jake Tremain walked before Frank got Nolan Goodwin to ground out to end the inning.
The only other batters to reach base for Folsom American came in the fifth when Matt Sliger walked and Tyler Tremain had an infield single for the team’s only hit.
“Braden pitched great,” EDH Manager Mike Frank said. “He’s pitched in a lot of big games and there’s not a pitcher I have more confidence in. You hate to burn a guy, but we’ve got five pitchers who I feel comfortable sending out there for a championship game so I’m not worried about our pitching. If we are swinging the bats, we’re tough to beat.”
For Folsom American, Tremain is eager to see how his team responds to its first loss of the tournament.
“How we come out of this will define our character,” Tremain said. “Knowing that we can come back from this and be better for it is important for these boys to learn. Never stop competing.”