No little league all-star champions for El Dorado Hills

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El Dorado Hills will not win a District 54 Little League championship this season. El Dorado Hills had three teams alive in bracket play last week and while two teams picked up one win, neither won a second game. The 10-11-year-old all-stars, playing at home at Jeff Mitchell Field, opened bracket play with a 13-12 loss to Woodcreek on July 2 in an exciting game that came down to the final out. El Dorado Hills couldn?t have asked for a better start, as they scored eight runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and five walks. Perhaps the start was too good, because while EDH seemed to relax with the big lead, Woodcreek just kept chipping away, scoring two runs in the first, one in the third, five in the fourth and finally taking a 12-9 lead with four runs in the fifth. El Dorado Hills pulled a rally out of nowhere to tie the game at 12 in the top of the sixth, but Woodcreek won it in the bottom of the inning when Carter Krupp?s hard ground ball tipped off the glove of shortstop Will Crookham, which allowed Kaden Siska to score the winning run. ?We?ve played them four times now and it?s never easy,? said Woodcreek manager John Brusa. ?They?re a phenomenal team.? El Dorado Hills got things going early when Tino Bethancourt?s two-out single drove in Crookham to give the team a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning with a 4-0 lead, Crookham doubled the score with a grand slam to right field, hitting the first pitch that Siska threw in relief of starter Greg Rotteveel. ?My message to the team then was to not to give up,? Brusa said. ?I told them we have six at bats and we can hit and we can score. Eight runs wasn?t going to win this game and I told the kids to believe in themselves.? ?We got up and then left our guard down,? El Dorado Hills coach Chris Hansen said. ?The snowball started at the top and it got bigger as it rolled down the hill.? El Dorado Hills didn?t bow out quietly, however, after surrendering the lead. Anthony Pallari hit a one-out single in the top of the sixth followed by a home run to left field by Bethancourt. Braydon Tester reached second on an error and then moved to third on RJ Routon?s single to left. Tester then stole home when Woodcreek wasn?t paying attention to tie the game at 12. EDH rebounded the next night to defeat Folsom National, 10-0. Anthony Pallari and Jake Manfredi combine for the shutout. The EDH all-stars took an early advantage at the plate. In the bottom half of the first, two runners reached before Pallari stroked a two-run double over the center fielder. Sheamus Doyle later drove home a run with a single to give EDH a quick 5-0 cushion. ?We came out right from the start with hot bats. It was just a positive attitude from our side and we kept that good vibe going the rest of the way,? said Hansen. Nathan Hansen smacked a one-out home run to right field in the second inning to extend the EDH lead to 6-0. Hansen would come through again in the fourth with an RBI-ground rule double. Hansen built upon his big night by singling home the tenth and final run for EDH in the bottom of the fifth. El Dorado Hills was then eliminated following a 6-3 loss to Woodcreek on Friday night. The 9-10-year-olds opened bracket play with a 19-3 loss to Roseville West on July 2 and then beat Lakeside, 11-6, the following day. On Friday, however, Roseville West beat them again, this time 18-8, to end their tournament. El Dorado Hills finished third in the district overall. Manager Alfie Charles said the all-stars couldn?t have been a better group. ?We did well enough to advance to the final round, and I couldn?t be more proud of these kids,? Charles said. ?They just did a fantastic job and they should all ? we?re all really proud.? The Junior All-Stars played only one game last week, losing to Folsom American 17-13 on Thursday, but it was nearly long enough to seem like two games. After 30 runs, 32 hits, 15 walks, numerous wild pitches, eight errors and a handful of balks, Folsom American earned a 17-13 win. Luke Johnson led El Dorado Hills at the plate with four hits and three RBIs, including a pair of doubles. John Wynne had three hits and three RBIs and Klaiton DiMauro ripped three hits and knocked in two runs.