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Junior All-Stars win opening games of tourney

By: Staff Report
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The El Dorado Hills North Juniors opened the all-star tournament at Lembi Park with two solid wins over Roseville West and Timber. EDH North started off with a 7-3 win over Roseville West on Thursday. The teams were knotted in a 2-2 tie until EDH scored five runs in the sixth to seal the win. Saxon Elkins had two doubles and three RBI to lead the offensive effort. Matt Howard knocked in a pair of runs, while Mitch McLean and Reid Edlund also had RBI. Pinch-runner David Woody also scored a run on a textbook one-handed slide in the sixth inning. McLean pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, while striking out four. Mason Watkins finished the game on the mound. Catcher Matt Howard and center fielder Ben Sweet led the defensive effort. On Saturday EDH North got by Timber, 14-4. Timber took an early 2-0 lead, but the North All-Stars responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and added one in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth on its way to the big win. Watkins and Trevor Callahan handled the pitching chores, while Ross Dwelley and Howard both had two hits and three RBIs. Elkins, Edlund, McLean, Watkins, Greg Salva and Sean O’Donnell also drove in runs. Elkins, Kevin Feutz and Dwelley led the defensive effort. The team’s next game is at 5 p.m. today against Roseville East. El Dorado Hills South also won its first two games, beating Snowline/Hangtown and then Pony Express. The team plays Woodcreek today at 8 p.m. with the winner facing the EDH North/Roseville East winner in the championship bracket finale on Sunday at 8 p.m. The El Dorado Hills North 11-year-old All-Stars opened their tournament at Oak Meadows Field on Saturday with a 12-1 win over Folsom National. Even with starting pitcher Tony Bolinger forced from the game in the first inning with an arm injury, EDH succeeded, as Andrew Doe came in to pitch the rest of the game. The two pitchers combined to strike out eight. Jake Hathaway and Tyler Bottenhagen hit doubles, while Connor Davis, Dario Dondero and Doe also had hits. Hathaway recorded the game’s final out at home plate, receiving a throw from Davis in center field. El Dorado Hills plays again today at 5 p.m. against Snowline. In the 9-10 tournament at McFarland Field in Folsom, El Dorado Hills South won its first game, beating Folsom American, 8-2. Spencer Patterson pitched four strong innings, while EDH South had hits from several players. Zach Closson and Levi Boeck also saw time on the mound. The EDH North All-Stars lost its to Timber, 6-4. The EDH South 11-year-old All-Stars won its opening game over Roseville West, 6-2, but then lost to Lakeside, 14-2. In the Major tournament at Mann Field in Folsom, EDH South lost to Woodcreek, 9-4.