Sunday Major all-star roundup - Woodcreek over EDHN, FALL over Maidu

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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With flame-throwing right-hander Austin Vail on the bump for El Dorado Hills North Sunday, the Woodcreek Little League Major division all-stars were forced to scratch and claw for runs in the early going of a pool play round contest in the District 54 all-star tournament. Woodcreek picked up a pair of runs in the first and scored a third run in the second in the game, played at Folsom American’s McFarland Park, but everything changed in the third stanza. After Scott Saylor ripped a triple, Vail walked Nate Kaslan to set the table for a potential big inning. Dylan Spezia’s seed back up the middle then caught Vail in the left cheekbone, forcing the EDH North ace from the game. “He his in our thoughts," said Woodcreek coach Jamie Clifton of the fallen Vail. “During a phone call to EDH North’s coach, he said that Vail is a gamer and doing fine." After the day’s frightening moment, Brennan Spezia blasted a 3-1 fastball over the wall in right-centerfield to finish off third inning scoring. After four more tallies in the fourth, Woodcreek was able to close off the game by way of the 10-run mercy rule. “Dylan Spezia took care of the rock today,” Clifton said, talking about his pitcher, “giving up just four hits and striking out seven in four innings. The boys played good today and seem to be peaking at the right time.” The win gives Woodcreek (1-0 in Pool B) in a strong position with Maidu (0-1) up next on Monday night. Folsom American 11, Maidu 5 Maidu scored three in the top of the second on a single by Tim Wieser, a double by Jordan Bridges and a big hit by Alex Ignatowicz to take a 3-1 lead over Folsom American and pitcher Will McClure in a Sunday Pool B contest. “Unfortunately we left the bases loaded (in the second) and didn't do any further damage,” said Maidu manager Greg Zanolli. . Folsom’s Ryan Larucca blasted a three-run home run in the home half of the second, but the damage was worse than it should have been as the long ball was surrounded by four Maidu miscues. Seven unearned runs in the stanza put Folsom American on the path to an 11-5 win. A Matt Huddleston homer added to the Folsom American advantage, while Maidu answered with a Jake Rodrigues 12th birthday blast, but it was not enough to save the Maidu squad. A Joseph Zanolli two-bagger in the sixth went for naught when a rod off the bat of R.J. Johnson was snared at first base to end a late Maidu threat and end the game. McClure tossed 5-2/3 innings before running out of pitches. Maidu (0-1 in Pool B) next plays Woodcreek (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night, needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for one of the two coveted Pool B spots in the double-elimination finals. Folsom American (1-0) is back at 5 p.m. Tuesday night to take on El Dorado Hills North (0-1).