Folsom National 11-year-old all-stars moving on

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom National Little League hasn?t advanced out of District 54 all-star pool play often, but that?s exactly what the 11-year-olds did on Wednesday night at Mitchell Field. Jason Wiese threw a complete game, two-hitter, fanning nine to beat Ponderosa 5-1 in a win or go home situation. His efficiency was backed by one inning of five-run baseball in the bottom of the first. Folsom National, like the other three teams in their pool, held a 1-1 record heading into the game. Ponderosa?s season was over before the sun even went down. ?I knew that we would score and stuff, so I knew that we?d do fine. After we got out of that first inning and scored a run I felt comfortable,? Wiese said. Ponderosa led 1-0 after the top half of the first inning. A single and three errors scored Wiese?s only run, an unearned run. Wiese then began a streak of retiring eight-straight batters by striking out two to end the first inning. The trend included five retired on strikeouts. Cameron Trumbull was the first to reward his pitchers? shutdown performance. Trumbull missed hitting a two-run homer by a matter of inches. He drove in the first RBI and Jack Felts followed by driving in two more. Trumbull and Felts were all the offense Folsom National needed to protect the win, but two more runs scored on an infield error in the bottom of the first. Folsom National manager Mike Wiese was proud of not only his son, but a great team win in a tough situation. ?This doesn?t happen to Folsom National very much, so we?re happy to move on. We?re playing against the big boys now. Woodcreek is the biggest league, El Dorado Hills is the second biggest and Lakeside is way up there too. We?re David versus Goliath.? Folsom National has already taken down one ?Goliath? in pool play. They beat El Dorado Hills 3-2. El Dorado Hills advanced out of pool play following a 16-7 win over Maidu. On the side of David is Wiese, who retired two consecutive innings of hitters against Maidu, and a grind-out offense with a responsible defense.