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Little League D54 completes bracket draw for all-star finals

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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In a six-team double-elimination format tournament, the two first-round byes can be a significant advantage, so when the managers who survived pool play in the Little League District 54 all-star tournaments gathered Sunday evening to draw positions in the six-team finals, those passes through game one were coveted. The big winners on tourney draw night was the all-stars from Lakeside and Woodcreek Little League, both of whom drew two byes in the three divisions in play. The 10/11-year-olds have a preset finals bracket that is a four-team double-elimination tourney, and the Seniors, who did not have pool play, have their championship game on Tuesday night. The most interesting story of draw night might be the matchup of Folsom American and Ponderosa in the first round of all three tourneys. Lakeside and Woodcreek drew the honor of watching four other teams battle it out in the 9/10-year-old tournament while they await the winners. Folsom American and Ponderosa will face off at 5 p.m. Monday night, with the winner getting Lakeside on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., while Roseville West battles Snowline at 7:30 p.m. Monday for the honor of taking on Woodcreek in Tuesday’s 5 p.m. game. The 9/10 tourney is at Mann Park in Folsom. In the Major division at McFarland Park in Folsom, Folsom American and Ponderosa meet Monday at 5 p.m., followed by Lakeside vs. Gold Rush at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the first game gets Roseville West Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., while the winner of Monday’s nightcap will see Woodcreek at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Maidu and Lakeside drew the opening byes in the Junior division, being contested at Union Mine High School in El Dorado. Maidu will be waiting on Wednesday for the winner of the Monday night first rounder between El Dorado Hills South and Woodcreek, while Ponderosa and Folsom American will be at work on Monday to earn the right to face Lakeside on Wednesday. All games at El Dorado High are played on side-by-side fields at 5:30 p.m. The matchups for the four-team 10/11-year-old finals will not be set until after Monday night’s Folsom American vs. Lakeside matchup. The 10/11 finals begin Tuesday night at Feist Park. The Senior division title game is set for El Dorado High School in Placerville, where the host team, Gold Rush must take two from Maidu to win the title, while Maidu needs just a single victory. The contest begins Tuesday night at 5 p.m., with the second game, if necessary, immediately after the initial game.