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El Dorado Hills advances two teams

By: Nick Pecoraro, Telegraph Correspondent
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Two El Dorado Hills teams advanced to tournament play last week in California District 54 Little League All-Star play. The 9-10-year-old team, coached by Chris Hansen and the 10-11-year-olds, coached by Bill Kennedy, moved on to the double elimination tournament which began on July 5. Chris Hansen’s 9-10-year old all-stars recorded four wins in as many games during pool play at Jeff Mitchell Field two weeks ago. They continued their overpowering fashion of play in the July 5 tournament-opening win against Maidu, 18-8. On Thursday, EDH won an eight-inning thriller as Peyton Thomas made two game saving catches in the 6th and 8th inning according to Hansen. Nathan Hansen then came to the plate in the top of the eighth to give EDH a 9-8 lead. Tino Bethancourt closed the door on Woodcreek to seal the victory and advance EDH to Saturday’s district title game. After going 3-1 in pool play, the 10-11-year old all-stars began last week’s tournament at Roseville’s Maidu Complex with a 10-0 victory over Ponderosa on July 5. The team fell to Roseville West on Thursday, pitting them in a rematch against Ponderosa in the double elimination bracket last Friday. Pondo got the better of the EDH all-stars this time around in a seesaw contest that ended with a walk-off grand slam according to Coach Bill Kennedy. Rhys Kennedy, CJ Pallari, Joe Durkett and Cameron Allie all hit over .500 in pool play according to Coach Kennedy, who called his squad “the comeback kids” for their resilience and tenacity. At the junior level, the EDH all-stars took two of their first three games in pool play at Lembi Field in Folsom with wins against Ponderosa and Folsom American before falling to Snowline on July 2. The two victories—which EDH scored double-digit runs in each game—were not enough to qualify Coach Brad Scott’s squad for tournament play. In the game 1 win, four EDH pitchers (Tyson Solis, Joel Gilger, Bryce Brookshire, and Matt Addelman) all combined for a no-hitter against Ponderosa. At Fiest Field in Granite Bay, the EDH Major all-stars ended their season on a high note with a 12-2 victory over Folsom National on July 2. Losses to Folsom American, Woodcreek and Lakeside kept Coach Jason Standley’s team out of tournament contention. Derek Item hit home runs in each of the first two pool games and in last Saturday’s win, Chase Siegel provided a two-run blast to aid pitcher Trevor Standley, who only yielded five hits and one earned run. For more info on the remaining El Dorado Hills Little League all-stars, visit www.cad54.org.