Folsom American Junior All-Stars eliminated by Ponderosa

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom American Junior all-stars? three-game win streak in the District 54 double-elimination tournament ended on Sunday with a 6-4 loss to Ponderosa at Mahany Park in Roseville. Its second loss of the tournament meant the end to Folsom American?s season. After falling to the losers? bracket in their opener to Lakeside, the Junior all-stars beat Snowline, El Dorado Hills and Gold Rush to reach Ponderosa. They ultimately received a third-place finish in the tournament. ?It was a good run. I didn?t think we?d make it this far,? Tyler Hutchings, Folsom American starter pitcher against Ponderosa. Ponderosa came off a 19-14 loss to Woodcreek on Saturday. Hutchings held Ponderosa to a pair of runs through five innings. The sixth inning ended up costing Folsom American the game. Three consecutive singles through the left side of the infield tied it at 4-4. An RBI flyout scored the go-ahead run and an error put the final run through. ?This is probably one of the best group of kids I?ve played with, though,? Hutchings added. ?We?re a little upset, but it was hot. It was hard to throw strikes. I felt good on the mound and it was a tough loss.? Wade Thomson made it less tough early on. He put Folsom American up 1-0 with an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run for a 2-1 lead in the fifth. The homer was his third of the tournament. An error put Folsom American up 3-1 in the fifth and an RBI from Austin Thomson made it 4-2 in Folsom?s favor. Brendan Murphy relieved Hutchings in the sixth. He allowed one hit and struck out two, while an unearned run scored on an error. Jason Thomson, Wade and Austin?s father and Folsom American manager, said he was proud to take one of Folsom American?s most talented Junior all-star teams as far as it went. ?There was a lot of clutch hitting, a lot of clutch playing, but we just didn?t have it today,? Jason Thomson said. ?The kids were great. Our talent was heavy and this team was great.? As of Sunday, Folsom American Juniors were the last Folsom American Little League team alive in the D54 tournament. Woodcreek (2-0), a heavy favorite, and Ponderosa (3-1) play for the Junior Championship on Tuesday.