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Maidu Seniors ride early offense to big win over FNLL

Fourteen hits in first two innings for Maidu all-stars
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Ten different hitters chipped in with at least one knock, and six of those delivered multi-hit performances as the Senior division all-stars from Maidu Little League scored early and often in an 18-4 win in the first round of District 54 tournament play. Four Maidu hurlers scattered seven Folsom National hits over five innings in the game, which was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Maidu tallied six times in the top of the first frame, as Chris Novielli, Taylor Boone, Brock Kent, Josh Lakey, Taylor Phillips, Mack Boone and Slater McLaughlin banged out consecutive hits after one man was out. The seven-hit onslaught sent an early message, and the rout was on. Folsom National looked to respond quickly, and posted three of its own in the home half, but that was as close as it would get. Tyler Creason had the first of his two hits to open the stanza, and after Ryan Snyder reached on an error, Troy Watson chased home a pair of runs with a single. Watson scored on a ground ball out. Maidu hung a snowman on Folsom National in the second, as its eight runs on seven hits provided a 14-3 advantage. A three-base error on a Novielli shot to left opened the uprising, and a Taylor Boone rocket off the high wall in right set things up, as two hits by Kent, and one hit each from Phillips, Mack Boone, Jack Howell, and Novielli put Maidu in commanding position. After Andrew Koumelis started the game and tossed two innings for Maidu, Phillips, Jared Virtue and Jared Phelan followed him to the bump as the squad played on the string on the impressive win. Novielli, Kent and Phillips each had three hits for Maidu, while Taylor Boone, Mack Boone and Lakey banged out two hits each. Lakey’s three RBIs led the way as eight different Maidu players drove in runs. Folsom National moves to the elimination bracket of the Senior tourney, the only District 54 field that still plays double-elimination. With only five teams in the field, National will play Folsom American Sunday night, with the loser being knocked out. Maidu next plays Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of Monday’s Woodcreek vs. Gold Rush game. The Senior tourney is being hosted by Gold Rush Little League at El Dorado High School in Placerville.