Two grand slams lift Rangers over Angels

By: Matt Long
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A grand slam is a rare occurrence. Two in one game is unheard of. At Kuntz Field in Folsom last Wednesday, the Folsom American Major Rangers defeated the Angels 12-2 in a game in which the Rangers hit grand slams in consecutive innings. Both teams will represent Folsom American this week in the TOC. With the win, the Rangers are Folsom American’s ‘A’ team representative, while the Angels are the ‘B’ team. The Angels, who entered the tournament at the sixth seed out of six teams, battled their way through the bracket to reach the championship game. Managed by Joe Watson, the Angels knocked off the top-seeded Rangers the previous day, 16-6 in five innings, before the Rangers returned the favor the next day in four innings. With the game tied at two, Michael Dermenjian hit the first grand slam to put the Rangers up for good, 6-2. In the next inning, Dylan Hackett-Andrade hit the other to put his team up 10-2. “Michael’s was his fifth home run of the season and it was a bomb to left-centerfield,” Rangers Manager Greg Robertson said. “Dylan’s was more of a laser; I don’t think it was more than 30 feet off the ground and went to right-centerfield. “I’ve been involved with little league baseball in Folsom for 13 years and I’ve never seen two grand slams in a game. It’s a pretty remarkable feat.” Michael’s mom, Sally, thought the feat was neat too. “First Michael hit one and then his little buddy Dylan hit one,” Sally said. “Those two sort of feed off each other.” With his team leading 11-2, Hackett-Andrade came up to bat in the fourth inning with the bases loaded again. This time he got the game-winning hit to end the game.