All-Roseville West semifinal in District 54 Major TOC
In a matchup between two Roseville squads, two fierce Tournament of Champions qualifiers, and two Red Sox teams, only one could come out on top.
That was the Roseville West Red Sox, triumphing over the Maidu Red Sox 6-1 in the first round of the District 54 TOC on Saturday at Mahany Field.
Roseville West pitchers Dalton Heyford and Cory Nuss combined for a three-hitter and allowed just one earned run.
Roseville West went on to shut out the Snowline A Phillies 10-0 on Tuesday for a berth in Wednesday night’s semifinals at 7 p.m. against Roseville West B, which topped Woodcreek B 11-2.
Roseville West brought a unique aggressiveness to the game. Every batter that drew a walk took off for second, not hesitating. A confused Maidu squad couldn’t stop the attack.
“That’s Red Sox baseball,” Roseville West coach Hunter Heyford said. “That’s how we play. I’m a guy that likes to put the ball in play. We like to steal and run and take advantage of every chance we get.”
Roseville West only mustered four hits, but aggressive base running and six walks kept runners on the move. Two runs were unearned due to a throwing error in the fifth inning.
Nuss started and fanned three of the first seven batters he faced. He ran into trouble in the third after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Emitte, who came around to score. Dalton Heyford allowed just two hits the rest of the way.
“I just knew that we had to get it done,” Dalton Heyford said. “I knew we had to get through the first game to go on.”
Added Coach Heyford, “We just told our pitchers to come in and keep the ball down. Eliminate the big hits. If that ball gets up there, they’re going to get home runs, and we don’t want that. They kept the ball down. There was a lot of groundouts, and I thought my pitchers did a real good job.”
Roseville West put away the game with a three-run fifth. Savion Harris drew a leadoff walk before Jake Hedger singled. Maidu followed with a throwing error that allowed both runners to score.
In the sixth, Harris drew another leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double by Jake Littlejohn.
Roseville West B opened with a 6-1 win over Gold Rush B and Woodcreek B defeated Folsom American A 24-10 to set up their quarterfinal meeting. Snowline beat the Lakeside A Cardinals on Monday night.
In the other half of the bracket at Mann Park in Folsom, Lakeside B lost to Folsom National A 4-3 on Tuesday night, and El Dorado Hills A drubbed El Dorado Hills B 18-2. Folsom National A and El Dorado Hills A meet in a semifinal at 7 p.m. tonight.
The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Mahany Field.
In the Junior TOC, Roseville West will play Woodcreek in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lembi Park in Folsom. Woodcreek beat Gold Rush 11-4 on Tuesday. Lakeside defeated Ponderosa 12-2 on Tuesday night and will meet El Dorado Hills at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal.
The championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lembi Park.