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EDH Athlete of the Week: Alekx Bentley, Jonah Copley, Brody Rodenspiel

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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The El Dorado Hills Little League’s 9-10-year old All-Stars had a great run through All-Stars, winning the District 54 title and advancing to the Section 4 Tournament.

The All-Stars swept all comers during the district tournament, winning all four games. In Section 4 play, the EDH All-Stars won two games and lost twice.

Throughout both tournaments, Alekx Bentley, Jonah Copley, and Brody Rodenspiel led the team. Bentley, the team’s first baseman and No. 3 hitter, batted .522 in the eight games. In 23 at bats, Bentley had 12 hits, including five doubles and one home run, while driving in seven runs. He also scored eight runs. His OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage, which measures how well a player can hit for average and for power) for the eight games was 1.503.

Bentley also pitched six innings during the two tournaments and finished with an earned run average of 3.00 and 15 strikeouts.

Copley, the team’s leadoff hitter who played second base, shortstop, third base and also pitched during the tournaments, hit .400 (8 hits in 20 at bats) with three doubles, a triple, seven runs batted in and 14 runs scored. His OPS was an impressive 1.263.

Rodenspiel played center field in most of the games, while also seeing time at shortstop and second base. Rodenspiel was solid hitting sixth in the lineup, finishing with a batting average of .455 (10-for-22) with a double, triple and nine RBIs, while scoring eight runs. His OPS was 1.111.

“Alekx has the most skill and power and threw the hardest in either tournament,” EDH Manager Jon Rodenspiel said. “Jonah was our best all-around player. He set the table for our offense. He’s a hard-working, passionate leader who stays focused and keeps calm. Brody raised his game and became our most dependable hitter, especially with runners on base. He’s hard-working, passionate, and refuses to give up.”

 

Folsom Telegraph: What do you like best about baseball?

Alekx Bentley: I get to go outside and play with my friends instead of being inside playing Fortnite. It keeps me active and in good shape. I have met a lot of great friends.

 

FT: How was it playing in the District 54 and Section 4 All-Star tournaments?

AB: District 54 was really fun because we got to play other all star teams that are close to us. It was also fun because we played really good and won the tournament. Section 4 was fun because we got to play on a really nice field. It would’ve been more fun if we won, but we will win it next year.

 

FT: What was your most memorable moment of the All-Star season?

AB: Hitting a home run in the District 54 championship. Winning the championship and going to the Section 4 tournament. Since I am new to town, I got to meet a lot of great friends that I will know for a long time. We had a ton of fun on and off the field. Thank you to all my coaches and teammates.

 

 

Folsom Telegraph: What do you like best about baseball?

Jonah Copley: I love everything about baseball: hitting, catching, pitching, playing defense. It is unpredictable, and you always have to be ready. 

 

FT: How was it playing in the District 54 and Section 4 All-Star tournaments?

JC: It was a lot of fun playing the other teams. The competition was good and I like the pressure.

 

FT: What was your most memorable moment of the All-Star season?

JC: Winning the banner for District 54 was very exciting. I was also happy to make some good defensive plays and get hits when my team needed them.

 

 

 

Folsom Telegraph: What do you like best about baseball?

Brody Rodenspiel: I like playing defense and hitting the ball. It’s fun and allows me to be competitive.

 

FT: How was it playing in the District 54 and Section 4 All-Star tournaments?

BR: Super fun. I liked the competitiveness of the other teams. It made us better.

 

FT: What was your most memorable moment of the All-Star season?

BR: For the team, winning district, getting a banner for EDH and representing our little league and city.  For me, making a diving catch in the outfield and hitting a triple with the bases loaded.