EDH 11-year-olds defeat Madiu 16-7

Team advances out of pool play
By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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El Dorado Hills became the first 11-year-old all-star team to advance out of pool play following a 16-7 routing of Maidu on Wednesday evening at Mitchell Field. On the same field Chris Hansen, El Dorado Hills manager, lost the District 54 9/10 championship last year to Woodcreek, his 11-year-olds scored six runs in the first two innings and never looked back. ?Our goal in the first inning was to put two runs up on the board, because we hadn?t scored in the first inning yet. The boys came out and put three up and that was the way they started the tone,? Hansen said. Braydon Tester, RJ Routon and Anthony Pallari each had two RBIs for El Dorado Hills. Four other hitters each drove in a run, but eight Maidu errors widened the run differential. Maidu brought it to a 6-4 game in the bottom of the third. A passed ball scored a run and Braeden Holliday stole home. El Dorado Hills scored at least two runs in each of the last three innings. Six of those runs were scored on errors. ?We had it in our own hands for this last game, we just didn?t have it today and we got a little down on defense,? said Maidu manager Carl Josephson. ?That?s just the way it bounces sometimes.? Five of El Dorado Hills? 12 hits were doubles, but Maidu had to dig out of holes their defense put them in. All three El Dorado Hills? runs scored in the fourth inning were on three errors and three more errors in the fourth and fifth innings plated another three runs. Maidu beat Folsom National, 9-7 earlier in the tournament and Folsom National was the only other team to advance out of their pool after beating Ponderosa 5-1 on Wednesday. El Dorado Hills lost to Folsom National 3-2. It goes to show that the way the ball bounces plays a huge part in deciding two or three errors here and two or three more there. ?We?ll have and end of the year party, but we?re going to go support our 12-year-old team,? Josephson said. ?They?re 2-0 right now so we?ll pull together as a league and have a good time. This team is good and I expect all of these guys back next year.? El Dorado Hills and Folsom National await the two teams which will advance out of the other pool. Woodcreek (3-0) is the only unbeaten team and will likely advance, unless they lose their last game against Gold Rush (0-2) and two other teams with equal 3-1 records score more runs overall. They?ve scored 34 runs, which is 17 more than the runner up, Lakeside. Lakeside and Folsom American are both 1-1. Lakeside has scored 17 runs, while Folsom American has scored 11. Don?t count out Roseville West (1-2) yet either. They lost 11-2 to Lakeside, but have one last chance in the final fifth game against Folsom American. Roseville West has scored one more run than Lakeside and eight more than Folsom American. Either Folsom American or Lakeside will lose another game, since they play each other on Thursday. Lakeside faces Gold Rush in their final game of pool play, and if Lakeside loses it would leave a three-way tie going into the 6:30 p.m. game on Saturday between Folsom American and Roseville West. Depending on which team has the most runs overall in the pool, the winner of that game could advance.