Woodcreek closes out pool play with third blowout win

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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After falling behind 1-0 when Folsom American scored in the top half of the first inning, the Woodcreek Little League Major all-stars dropped four runs in the bottom half of the stanza and never looked back. In a game between two teams who have already earned their way out of pool play, with a spot in the District 54 six-team double elimination finals that start next week, Woodcreek had too much for Folsom American in a 12-2 victory. The contest was shortened to four innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Carson Farnworth was on the hill for the first time in this year’s tourney play, and he yielded the early tally on a walk followed by a passed ball and a base hit. Farnworth then settled down and got the next three batters. After Folsom set down the first two Woodcreek hitters, the next six banged out hits to plate four runs and give Woodcreek the advantage. Woodcreek put an exclamation point on the win in the third stanza, as Farnworth blasted a grand slam home run, and then Nate Kaslan made it back-to-back jacks with a solo shot of his own. Before the inning was over, singles by Dylan Spezia, William Hammond, Brennan Spezia and Josh Cooper had provided an eight-run inning. Farnworth went the distance on the bump, allowing just four hits and fanning nine Folsom American batters. Some stellar defense from Hammond behind the dish helped the southpaw close out the game in the fourth. A walk and a pair of hits loaded the bases for Folsom with one out, giving them a chance to extend the game. Following a passed ball that allowed a run to score, Folsom American tried to duplicate the feat on the next pitch, but the runner was cut down at the plate. With runners still on first and second and two outs, Hammond picked the runner off of first to bring the game to a sudden conclusion. Both Woodcreek and Folsom American will next see action next week when they join Roseville West, Lakeside, Gold Rush and Ponderosa in the six-team double-elimination finals. The six advancing teams will draw for positions in the finals bracket on Sunday night, and play begins Monday at Folsom’s McFarland Park.