Folsom American 11-year-old All-Star win four games in tournamentBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
The Folsom American Little League 11-year-old All-Stars made it to the final four teams before bowing out of the District 54 tournament Saturday following an 18-3 loss to eventual runner-up Woodcreek.
Folsom American won all three games in pool play; impressively beating Folsom National, 4-2, Ponderosa, 11-0, and El Dorado Hills, 12-7. The team opened bracket play with a 17-2 loss to eventual champion Maidu. The team cruised by Hangtown, 12-2, before being eliminated by Woodcreek, finishing with a 4-2 record.
“You always hope to do better, but we did about what I thought we would,” Coach Jason Pagan said. “We won four games and that’s respectable. A lot of teams didn’t win any. Overall, I thought we played good defense. We got the offense going, and made a great run.”
Two players on the team, Lucas Pagan and Grant Rogers, hit their first home runs of their careers, which was another team highlight.
In the team’s final win of the tournament Friday, Hangtown played them close until Folsom American scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, turning a 4-2 lead into a 12-2 victory. Jasen Womack had three hits in the win, while Ian Schweitzer, Sam Ingalls, and Rogers had two hits each.
Bryan Zhang drove in the game’s first run with a bases-loaded single in the first inning. Folsom American added three runs in the third inning. Schweitzer led off the inning with a double and scored on Rogers’ ground out. Carter Eathorne singled and scored on Pagan’s home run to make the scored 4-0.
Hangtown came back with two runs in the top of the fourth before Folsom American exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the inning. Womack singled and scored on an error. Schweitzer, Rogers, Will Jenkins and Ingalls each doubled in a run in the inning, while Jack Ames singled to knock in the final run of the game. Two other runs scored on errors.
Unfortunately, the run through the tournament had to come to an end. Against Woodcreek, Folsom American gave up five runs in the first inning and never recovered. Trailing 7-0, the team got on the scoreboard with a Rogers’ home run to left field. It was the team’s only hit until the fourth inning. Rogers led off the inning with a walk and later scored on an error. Jenkins later knocked in a run with a single, as Folsom American ended the game with three runs on only two hits.