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Maidu walks past El Dorado Hills North in junior TOC

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The pitchers for the El Dorado Hills North junior division TOC team issued 15 free passes in their game against Maidu Saturday night, and the Royals of Maidu Little League made them pay in a 15-1 rout in the District 54 Tournament of Champions at Mahany Park. Using just eight hits to do its damage, Maidu continued to attack the base paths and bang out clutch hits to back the efforts of a trio of pitchers. Kyle Mott got the start, and he was followed by A.J. Masters and then Kirby Broadbent in a combined four-hitter. Maidu leadoff hitter Robert Walton walked four times and in each instance scored a run, beginning in the three-run Royals’ first inning when a Jared Walbert double and a single by Kyle Mott plated Maidu runs. EDH North scored its lone run in the home half of the third on a Brandon Hom sacrifice fly. For a short moment that tally gave the Dodgers new life as it cut the margin to a pair of runs at 3-1. Maidu responded with five in the fourth, and then scored two more in the fifth and finished it off with five in the sixth to seal the game early via the 10-run mercy rule. Walbert drilled a bases-clearing three-run double in the fourth and Scotty Walton also ripped a two-bagger. Logan Coggeshall and James Lunardelli had the big hits in a walk-filled sixth. The win puts Maidu into the junior division TOC semifinals and a much-awaited rematch with Woodcreek’s Red Sox at 8 p.m. Sunday night at Mahany Park. “We are very strong defensively,” said Maidu manager Sean Harrigan. “As long as we get everyone going in the same direction, we will be good. We have lost to them (Woodcreek) twice, but we have played them tough.” Woodcreek manager Victor Dirkes is also looking forward to one more meeting with the Royals, and notes the added strength provided when Walbert, Coggeshall and Lunardelli joined the team at the conclusion of their high school season. “We expected to see Maidu on Sunday night and that should be a great game,” Dirkes said. “We beat them twice during the year so they will be very motivated. The second game was for the inter-league championship and was a very close game. They are playing really well with the addition of the three high school freshmen.”