Eleven-year-olds from Maidu hold off Folsom American

All-star opener ends on bases-loaded fly ball
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A pair of back-to-back four run innings gave the Maidu Little League 11-year-old all-stars what they needed to hold off Folsom American 9-7 Saturday at Richards Field in Roseville. There was no scoring early, though not for lack of effort as these two teams battled in the opening pool play contest at the District 54 all-star tournament. Maidu’s cause was helped greatly when its outfield arms went on full display early. Folsom American had a base runner gunned down at the dish in the first and another tossed out at third in the second. Both outs ended promising innings for the squad with no runs. The play at home came on a relay through second baseman Tyler Weaver and the second inning out came courtesy the hose of centerfielder Adam Alvarez. Having escaped early trouble for pitcher Paul Gershon unscathed, Maidu got its bats going in the top of the third. A pair of walks and an Alvarez single set the stage for back-to-back run-scoring knocks. The first was a two-run single by Jordan Chapin and the second a two-run double off the bat of Dylan Cole. Patrick Gaffney drew a bases-loaded walk in the Folsom American third to get his team on the board, but Gershon fanned the next two hitters to limit the damage to just a single run. Maidu then tacked on four more in the fourth, with doubles from Tyler Weaver and Gershon as the only two hits it needed. A lead-off Ryan McBride two-bagger and a run-scoring single by Devin Huff picked up one more for Folsom American and after Maidu added a single run in the fifth when Weaver singled and scored on a Cole double. Folsom American countered with two in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but Chapin game on to get a fly ball out to center field that left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth with Folsom trailing by just a pair of runs. Maidu had a dozen hits in the game, with Weaver (two doubles and a single) leading the way. Gershon also banged out three hits, while Alvarez, Cole and Chapin each had a pair of knocks. Will Penrose had a double and two singles to pace the Folsom American attack, as Michael Nelsen and McBride each had two hits. With Woodcreek sitting in this pool and just two teams advancing, both Maidu and Folsom American still have some work to do. Woodcreek was a 13-2 winner over Ponderosa Saturday. Maidu was back out at Richards Field at 1 p.m. Sunday to take on Woodcreek in the second of three pool play contests, while Folsom American played Sunday’s 10 a.m. game against Ponderosa.