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Woodcreek Padres to meet Ponderosa for District 54 Major TOC title

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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FOLSOM ? Woodcreek Little League?s Major Division Padres are one win away from an unbeaten season.

Woodcreek won its 24th consecutive game with an 11-1 walk-off victory over the Folsom National Giants on Tuesday night at Mann Park. The win was the Padres? fourth in the District 54 Tournament of Champions and moved them into Wednesday night?s title game against Ponderosa at 7 p.m. at Mann Park. Ponderosa defeated Lakeside A 9-8 in the other semifinal at McFarland Park.

The Padres won on the mercy rule for the second game in a row. Woodcreek scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on four hits and two errors to end it.

Kole Lange stroked a walk-off single with a runner on third. Carter Krupp and Daniel Susac also had RBI in the fifth. Dorian Carpenter, Dennis Boatman and Jack Klein drove in the Padres? runs in the first and fourth.

Susac finished with two RBI and scored two runs.

Klein, Woodcreek?s starting pitcher, held the Giants to one earned run on one hit while walking five and fanning nine in 4 1/3 innings. A future Woodcreek Major All-Star, with his hair already bleached, Klein said his performance was only ?OK.?

?I was a little wild, throwing over guys? heads and stuff,? Klein said. ?I was doing my best, but we all as a team did well. We all hit the ball and drove in the runs.?

Richard Cornelius drove in the Giants? only run.

Folsom starter Joshua Olson went 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on a solo homer by Dennis Boatman ? his second in two games.

Four errors by Folsom led to four runs for Woodcreek.

Richard Cornelius managed the Giants to a 20-9 record.

?Out of 60 teams in District 54, we?re in the last four standing. I?m really proud of these kids,? Cornelius said. ?All of them really turned it on and it?s been a magical season.?

Cornelius will manage five of his Giants on the Folsom National Major All-Star team: son Richard Cornelius, Andrew Ratto and Adam Ratto, Joshua Olson and Aimee Lind.