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Woodcreek takes Folsom American to final game

15-12 win sets up 9/10 winner-take-all
By: Matt Long
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Folsom American and Woodcreek will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Maidu Park to determine the District 54 9-10-year-old All-Star champions. Woodcreek defeated Folsom American 15-12 on Tuesday night, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to erase a 12-10 Folsom lead and win the high-scoring affair in which they trailed the entire game except for a brief 5-5 tie in between at bats in the second inning. The game was a far cry from the teams’ first meeting on Saturday, a low-scoring 3-2 Folsom victory. In the deciding sixth inning, Folsom reliever Ryan Hicks hit Michael Sullivan and walked Dylan Hess, as Woodcreek had its first two batters reach base. Kyle Kern then hit a check-swing single to right field to score Sullivan and advanced to second on the throw home. Tyler Smith followed with another check-swing single to right field which turned into the equivalent of a three-run home run. Folsom’s throw into home in an attempt to throw Kern out at the plate got by the catcher, ricocheted off the backstop and up the first base line, allowing Smith to make it all the way around the bases, giving Woodcreek a 14-12 lead. After an out, Colton Baron doubled to right center field and then stole third base. Garrett Shurtz followed with a sacrifice fly to left center field to put Woodcreek up by three, 15-12. Folsom went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, as Dennis Boatman struck out two of the three hitters. It was only the second time in sixth innings that Woodcreek sent Folsom down in order and it was the only two innings in which Folsom didn’t score, the fourth and the sixth. “We all can hit, from one to 13,” Woodcreek manager Ron Gather said. “Everybody played a role tonight, whether it was getting a hit, running the bases, playing good defense or pitching. One thing about Woodcreek baseball is that we never quit. I’m very proud of this team and I couldn’t ask for a better group.” Gather predicts another high-scoring affair tomorrow, as does Folsom American manager Todd Wolger. “We’re playing for one game now,” Wolger said. “Our guys are hurting, but they’re fired up for tomorrow night. We can either lay down or rise to the occasion and our guys want to get out there and play.” Gather added, “Folsom’s a great team with great hitters and we have great hitters too. It’s going to be a shootout.” Folsom American scored five runs in the bottom of the first with three consecutive RBI hits from Ben Rodriguez, Luke Wolger and Jason Carrey. Rodriguez came into score when Woodcreek couldn’t handle Liam Eviston’s pop up and Grant Leon finished the scoring with an RBI single to score Wolger. Woodcreek came up in the top of the second and scored five runs of its own. The first run came in on an error, but Smith then singled to drive in the second run and one batter later Baron singled to score two runs. Shurtz then tied the game with another single. Folsom American managed a pair or runs in the bottom of the second when Tanner Boyea had an infield single and scored on a wild pitch. Trey Berman reached base on an error and Garrett McClure, running for Berman, eventually scored on a passed ball. Folsom tacked on four more runs in the third, as Boyea singled with the bases loaded to score two. McClure followed with a sac fly and Boyea came in to score on a wild pitch. Woodcreek scored five runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Shurtz and Hess each drove in two runs with a single with the bases loaded, while Kern picked up an RBI with a single that cut Folsom’s lead to 11-10. Folsom added an insurance run to their lead in the fifth when Leon singled, moved to second on Boyea’s walk and then scored on a Woodcreek error, but it wasn’t enough as Woodcreek won it in the top of the sixth inning.