Roseville West A's outslug EDH South in major TOC

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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After jumping out to a big lead, the major division A’s of Roseville West Little League withstood a furious comeback attempt by the El Dorado Hills South Dodgers to take a 15-7 win in the second round of the District 54 Tournament of Champions Saturday at Mahany Park. Roseville West’s B team was playing its initial contest after a first-round bye, but it was the team that came out with the bats on fire. Singles by Logan Ash and Matt Grashoff set the table in the first frame, and Jonathan Burcham (two-run single) and Jacob Vaughn (RBI single) cleared it off as the A’s took a 3-0 lead after one. While Burcham held a powerful El Dorado Hills lineup at bay in the early going, Roseville West continued to build its advantage, scoring twice more in the home half of the third on a two-run base hit by Jimmy Jaggers. Curtis Meissner doubled for the Dodgers in the fourth, and scored their first run on a Zach Closson ground out, but Roseville West answered right back with another three-spot in the bottom half of the inning. Max Fereira singled and scored, while Grashoff and Burcham both reached on errors and proceeded to score the other two runs. A Brad James sacrifice fly and a double by Vaughn were part of that stanza as well. Things got interesting in the top half of the fifth inning, as El Dorado Hills South proved that it would not go away quietly. Chris Stewart singled, Tanner Austin walked, and then Kelly Conner banged a base hit. As Meissner reached on an error, the Dodgers scored one run and had the bases loaded for Alex Chisick, who blasted a grand slam home run to pull his squad within two at 8-6. El Dorado Hills would get no closer, as the A’s responded with emphasis. Singles by Ash and Vaughn, and doubles from Fereira and Grashoff contributed to a seven-run answering rally in the home half of the fifth, and Roseville West was moving on. EDH South’s season ends with the loss in this single elimination tourney, while Roseville West moves on to face Folsom National A Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Mahany.