Folsom American outlasts EDH, 17-13

Wade Thomson hits two towering home runs, drives in four
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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After 30 runs, 32 hits, 15 walks, numerous wild pitches, eight errors and a handful of balks, Folsom American earned a 17-13 win over El Dorado Hills on Thursday night in the District 54 Junior All-Star game. The game lasted three hours and when it was all over, Folsom American earned a spot in Friday?s game against the Gold Rush/Lakeside winner. Game time is 5 p.m. at Mahany Park in Roseville. Wade Thomson had a standout game for Folsom American, as he hit two towering home runs to left field and finished the game with three hits and four RBIs. Brendan Murphy also had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run double. Michael Dermenjian, Garrett Donnelly, Darin Mann and Aaron Schley also had two hits apiece with Dermenjian, Mann and Schley picking up RBIs. Luke Johnson led El Dorado Hills at the plate with four hits and three RBIs, including a pair of doubles. John Wynne had three hits and three RBIs and Klaiton DiMauro ripped three hits and knocked in two runs. El Dorado Hills had a great start to the game, as they led 7-2 and were firmly in control after two innings. EDH scored three runs in the first inning on a RBI groundout by Johnson and then added two more on a Folsom American error. After getting the first two outs of the second inning, Folsom American starting pitcher Tyler Hutchings lost it, allowing four runs on five singles and a walk before he was replaced by Austin Thomson. Andrew Green singled and Scott Moody walked before DiMauro, Johnson, Dallas Diel and Wynne followed with singles that gave EDH a 7-1 lead. Folsom American?s run in the first inning came on Wade Thomson?s first home run and they added a second run in the second went Trent Jas walked with the bases loaded. Folsom American got back in the game in the third inning by scoring seven runs on four hits, two walks and three EDH errors. The first run scored on an error, but two batters later Murphy cleared the loaded bases with a double in the left-centerfield gap to cut the deficit to one, 7-6. Wade Thomson tied the game by knocking in Murphy with a single and a balk scored Thomson to give Folsom an 8-7 lead. Folsom added one more run in the inning on an RBI groundout by Kotaro Hayes. EDH got a run back in the top of the fourth when Wynne singled in Diel. In the bottom of the inning, though, Folsom American tacked on five more runs on five hits to take a 14-8 lead. Austin Thomson singled and Dermenjian followed with an RBI double for the first run. After an out, Murphy drove in Dermenjian with a hit and Wade Thomson followed with his second homer of the night. Jas singled and moved around the bases before scoring the final run of the inning on a ground out by Hayes. ?The first home run was pure luck,? said Thomson, who hadn?t hit a home run all season and hadn?t had a two-homer game since he played in majors. ?The second one I got a curve ball and I saw it and just said ?alright, let?s go.? It felt great to hit those two home runs. It took a load off by back.? Thomson?s dad and coach, Jason, was happy for his son. ?To hit two home runs over the fence the way he hit them was pretty amazing,? Coach Thomson said. ?The second one was so far out there.? While Folsom led 14-8, the game was far from over. EDH tacked on one run in the fifth on a RBI double by Johnson, which scored DiMauro, who had singled. EDH scored two more times in the sixth to cut the deficit to three, 14-11. Andrew Green walked with the bases loaded to score the first run and EDH got the second run in a rundown. Folsom American came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth with RBIs from Mann and Schley. Showing their resolve, EDH showed it wasn?t done yet and scored twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh. DiMauro and Johnson led off the inning with back-to-back doubles and John Cross singled to knock in the team?s final run. Tristin Dunbar finally got the last two outs on a strikeout and groundout to end the marathon game. ?The big boys had a couple of clutch hits and the subs pulled the game out for us,? Coach Thomson said. ?That was Dunbar?s first all-star pitching outing and he got the save for us. For El Dorado Hills to come back like they did says a lot about them. It was an amazing game.? Even though Folsom American opened the tournament with a 7-4 loss to Lakeside, Coach Thomson feels good about their chances in the rest of the tournament. ?I see us in the championship game,? he said. ?I think we can win tomorrow and then we?d have to get by either Woodcreek or Ponderosa, which would be a tough game, but I think we can do it. Our offense finally came around tonight and we?re very deep in pitching with 10 of our 13 guys who can throw.?