Roseville West headed to District 54 Major All-Star title gameBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
The birds living in the trees lining the outfield fence of Mann Park in Folsom might be looking for new places to put their nests tomorrow.
Roseville West hitters turned the trees into targets Sunday night, hitting six home runs in an 11-1 win that eliminated Folsom American, a team that had beaten them 18-0 just three days ago.
Roseville West advances to Monday night’s District 54 Major All-Star title game against El Dorado Hills, needing to beat EDH twice to take the title.
“It’s hard to beat a team twice and we told the boys at practice this morning that Roseville West is going to be out for revenge,” Folsom American Manager Bob Tremain said. “Give them credit. For what they’ve done against Woodcreek in this tournament and then coming back from an 18-0 loss to beat us, it’s impressive.”
Roseville West battered Folsom American pitching for 13 hits, nearly half of which were home runs. Two home runs came in the third inning. Josh Alger’s home run to lead off the inning put Roseville West in front 2-0 and chased Folsom starter Sam Anderson. Two batters later, Brayden Dotoli singled and Colton Farr followed with an RBI double. Ramon Esparza III’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0 and Jett Ropke followed with a home run to make it 5-0.
Roseville West added four home runs in the fourth inning, starting with a solo shot from Carter Sells. Two batters later, Alger hit his second of the game and two batters after that Dotoli hit the team’s fifth solo home run of the game, all of which dropped some leaves, needles or twigs from the trees. Farr followed with a single and Esparza III ripped a two-run blast that made it 10-1.
Roseville West finished the game in the fifth when Sells doubled and Ryan Graydon singled him in.
“A whole different team from Thursday night,” Roseville West Manager Brandon Dotoli said. “It took that butt kicking to wake the boys up. It was embarrassing. This was an amazing game and it was good to see.”
Roseville West defeated Woodcreek 8-6 on Saturday, handing them both of their losses in the tournament. That win led the team to the big win over Folsom American.
“I had been 0-8 against Woodcreek the last four years, so it’s nice to finally beat them,” Dotoli said. “That win gave us a huge boost. The kids are playing as a team and buying into the team effort.”
Not to be forgotten, CJ Sherburn played a big role in the win over Folsom American, as he allowed only one run on one hit, both coming in the fourth inning. Two errors and a wild pitch put runners on second and third base with one out. Another wild pitch scored Folsom American’s only run, and Josh Tremain followed with an infield single. A walk then loaded the bases, but Sherburn struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Sherburn struck out nine in the game, including seven in a row from the first to third innings.
For Folsom American, the tournament ends with a third-place finish.
“This is the first team I’ve coached where all 13 guys have the talent to move on to play at the next level,” Tremain said. “We just told them to always compete in life and never give up. Do the little things right and big things will happen.”
Roseville West now gets a shot at El Dorado Hills, a team that has won all three of their games in the tournament. Roseville West has played six games already.
“El Dorado Hills is a very good team,” Dotoli said. “Hopefully, we can hit the ball. Momentum is good and we hope to be riding that from our last two games. We’re glad to be in the championship game.”