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Folsom American White Sox cruise by Snowline, 14-3

Face Ponderosa for Junior TOC title Friday in Cameron Park
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Behind a strong outing from Tyler Hutchings and aggressive base running, the Folsom American Junior White Sox cruised to a 14-3 win over the Snowline Giants on Thursday. The White Sox will face Ponderosa at 5 p.m. Friday at Rasmussen Park in Cameron Park for the District 54 Tournament of Champions banner. Folsom only managed six hits against Snowline, but benefitted from 14 walks and five errors and stole seven bases, not to mention taking other bases on wild pitches and defensive indifference. With three runs in the first and six more in the second, the White Sox opened up a 9-0 lead and for all intents and purposes, the game was over; especially with the way Hutchings threw on the mound. ?We were aggressive and played very well,? Folsom manager Scott McIntosh said. ?We played hard and had fun. It was a team effort. We only have four 14-year-olds, so the 13-year-olds are stepping up and playing well.? In 94 pitches, Hutchings scattered seven hits and allowed all three runs in the third inning. He struck out five and walked none in the seven-inning complete game victory. ?It was one of the best games pitched,? McIntosh said. ?Snowline is a good hitting team and Tyler pitched great.? Brendan Murphy led the way offensively for Folsom with two hits and an RBI and also stole three bases. Trent Jas knocked in two runs, while Garrett Donnelly scored twice and drove in two. The top three hitters in the lineup, Hutchings, Michael Dermenjian and Murphy, combined to score 10 runs. Hutchings led off the first with a walk and after stealing second base, scored on Dermenjian?s double. Dermenjian stole third and later scored the second run before Murphy, who walked, scored on Donnelly?s ground out to make it 3-0. In the second inning Seth Kardasopoulos fell behind 0-2 before drawing a walk, Hutchings reached on an error and Dermenjian walked to load the bases. Another Snowline error scored courtesy runner Nicholas Maggiano and Jas followed with a sac fly to score Hutchings. Donnelly followed with a single that brought in Dermenjian and Snowline?s fourth error of the inning allowed Murphy and Donnelly to score to make it 8-0. Folsom?s final run of the inning came on a single by Kardasopoulos, which scored Jarron Wade. Snowline scored three runs in the third to cut the deficit to 9-3, but Folsom added three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. Murphy and Wade had RBI singles in the sixth before Maggiano walked with the bases loaded to make it 12-3. Snowline?s fifth error of the game accounted for Folsom?s final two runs in the seventh. Now it?s on to the championship game. ?Pitching and defense will be the key tomorrow,? McIntosh said. ?We need to continue to be aggressive at the plate too.?