Tuesday Jun 30 2009
Lakeside, Woodcreek, Roseville West unbeaten in 9/10 play
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
Maidu drops tough one to Snowline, has work to do
A three-run first inning set the Lakeside Little League 9/10-year-old all-stars on a winning path, and the young ballplayers made the early advantage stand up in a 5-2 win over El Dorado Hills South Sunday in the District 54 all-star tournament at Mann Park in Folsom. Lakeside put four hitters on base in the opening stanza, and managed to plate three of them, with a two-run triple by Alex Dailey and a run-scoring single by Jacob Baranowski providing the big hits. The early offense was huge for a team that managed just four hits in the game against the combined work of Jack VanBoening and Michael Petri. “Our offense got off to a great start, with the first four batters reaching base and three scoring,” said Lakeside manager Steven Dailey. “After the first, though, we were held to two hits the rest of the game.” Lakeside tacked on a pair of additional runs, on a Baranowski sacrifice fly and a Chris Weber two-bagger. Weber was on base all three times in the contest, and he scored two runs. The big story for Lakeside was outstanding pitching against a powerful El Dorado Hills South lineup. Matt Voelker took the ball at the start, and tossed four strong innings, holding EDH South to one run while striking out eight batters. Brett Walston and Chris Weber each took an inning in relief to close the game out. “It was a tough but successful start against a strong EDH team,” Steven Dailey said. “Our pitching was outstanding. Matt (Voelker) was great. He struck out eight in four innings, including striking out his last hitter with the based loaded in the fourth inning.” Dawson Danner led El Dorado Hills in the batter’s box with two hits. Lakeside (1-0 in Pool B) takes on Folsom National (0-1) at 5 p.m. Tuesday. . “After their (Folsom National) loss to Woodcreek in their opener I'm sure we'll get a strong effort from the host team so we'll need to be ready,” Dailey said. “And after watching the Woodcreek squad's strong opening game performance, we hope to be 2-0 going into our game against Woodcreek on Thursday.” Woodcreek 16, Folsom National 2 Paced by the bats of Jack Rotteveel, Noah Kravich and Joey Pankratz the Woodcreek 9/10 all-stars unleashed the heavy offense in their all-star pool play opener against Folsom National at Mann Park on Sunday. “Our pitching was the key to our success,” said Woodcreek manager Mike Baron. “I have six kids I can hand the ball to in a big game and know we will be fine.” Baron saved all of his pitching, keeping all of his hurlers below the 20-pitch count in this victory, leaving him at full strength for the upcoming Monday battle with El Dorado Hills South. “J.C. Santini started the game and took a lot of pressure off of our defense,” Baron said. “With nine and 10-year-old kids they are always excited to play in their first all-star game. I think Santini's start allowed our kids to settle down and play good baseball. Other notable performances on the bump were Jack Klein and Mathew Ornelas both looked very much in control of their game.” Rotteveel was a steady hitter in the No. 2 spot with a solid performance, while Kravich and Pankratz provided the pop. Pankratz, hitting in the four-hole, did not disappoint, leaving the yard with a monster three-run shot to deep centerfield that landed in the tops of the trees behind the fence. “The hit really put us out of reach of any thought of a Folsom rally,” Baron said. “At the end of the day our coaches were pleased with our first game. It's only one game. Our bracket is a tough one with all three teams having well-run programs.” Woodcreek (1-0 in Pool B) was back at Mann on Monday night to battle an El Dorado Hills South team (0-1) in big need of a win. Roseville West 12, Divide 1 In a game shortened to four innings by the 10-run mercy rule, Roseville West also saved its pitching as four pitchers combined on a three-hitter in the 12-1 win over Divide in the 9/10 tournament’s Pool A play. Cameron Anderson, Tommy Edwards, and Nick Paleny followed Dalton Heryford to the hill, and all delivered well for Kevin Anderson’s squad. Roseville West scored two runs in the first and added four in the second. Five in the third and one more in the fourth put a cap on the victory. Paleny had three hits in the contest, including a big double that got things started for Roseville West. Overall, Roseville West banged out nine hits total and benefited from some tough defensive luck for Divide. “Our pitching and defense continue to be solid,” Anderson said. However, we are still not where we need to be at the plate and will have to improve as we move forward. The competition is about to get much tougher.” Roseville West (2-0 in Pool A) will face Maidu (1-1) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Snowline 11, Maidu 8 Late Sunday night, the Maidu 9/10 all-stars took to the diamond at Mann Park for their second game of the District 54 tournament, needing a win to keep pace with Roseville West. Maidu was not able to close this one out, however, as it dropped an 11-8 decision to Snowline that puts the team in need of a win over Roseville West on Wednesday in order to have a shot at moving on to the double-elimination finals. Snowline jumped to a 9-0 lead into the third inning, leaving Maidu with a huge hill to climb. Jordan Chapin singled to open the home half of the third and then Greg Bauer walked before both players scored on wild pitches to get Maidu on the board. Dylan Cole drove in Cameron Monsour with a single to get the team one run closer, but Snowline responded with another run in the top of the fourth. With Nicholas Wieser allowing just one run in a strong relief outing, his team put together a combination of walks and a two-run single by David Trujillo to get within three, but they would get no closer. Maidu (1-1 in Pool A) will face Roseville West (2-0) Wednesday night in a must-win game as it tries to gain one of the group’s two spots in the next round.