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EL DORADO HILLS starting pitcher Jack Pina kept his team in Wednesday's title game with a complete game performance. Photo by Justine Jonutz/Caught in the Act Photography

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El Dorado Hills 9/10s oh so close

By From page A9 | July 11, 2014

ROSEVILLE — For the third time in four days, the El Dorado Hills 9-10 All Stars baseball team played Woodcreek and, for the second time in two days, had the chance to claim the District 54 title at Richards Field.

Depsite a 45-minute delay, both teams provided excitement from the first pitch to the last. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Woodcreek pushed across a run for a 4-3 win and the championship of the double-elimination tournament.

El Dorado Hills lost its first game of the tourney to Woodcreek on Tuesday after defeating the Roseville team two days earlier.

In the bottom of the sixth, a lead-off single, passed ball and single to right field won it for Woodcreek.

“They played their hearts out tonight,” said El Dorado Hills manager Mike Frank of his team. “We played a good team and fought to the end.”

El Dorado Hills had a chance to break away from a 3-all tie in the top of the fifth inning. Alex Del Pizzo led off with a single to centerfield, and advanced to second base when Jack Carroll singled to left field. Braden Frank walked to loaded the bases before back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.

“We were just one run short,” Mike Frank said.

In the top of the fourth inning, El Dorado Hills, which had five hits in the game, scored its last run when Brady Routon walked and scored on Jackson Malchow’s single to centerfield.

In the bottom of the third inning, the game was stopped for 45-minutes on an umpire’s call that led to the Western Regional’s Umpire in Charge being called for an interpretation on the decision.

With no outs, Woodcreek had a runner on when El Dorado Hills’ Cole Armstrong made a turn-around catch in centerfield. Armstrong threw the ball to second baseman Calin Trexler, who ran to first base to tag the runner, who went to second base under the impression that Armstrong didn’t have full control of the ball.

Frank went to discuss the call with the second base umpire, who made the call on Armstrong’s catch. The four umpires met and ruled a double play. Woodcreek argued, prompting the game site’s tournament director to call the Western Regional Umpire in Charge. Thirty minutes later, the UIC called the game site’s tourney director back, then talked to the home plate umpire and ruled the right call was made.

“I think that the delay took away a little bit of momentum away from us, but that’s just the way it goes,” Frank said.

After the delay, Woodcreek smoked the ball over the left field fence for a home run to tie the game at 2-2 — Woodcreek’s second dinger in the frame as its first batter sent one over the right field fence to cut El Dorado Hills’ lead to 2-1.

El Dorado Hills took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Armstrong singled to left field, and moved to second when Malchow was hit by a pitch. After one passed ball, Armstrong scored on another passed ball.

Braden Frank gave EDH its first run in the top of the first inning with two outs when he poked the ball deep over the right field fence .

Jack Pina went the distance on the mound for El Dorado Hills, striking out four and giving up six hits.

“He pitched his heart out,” Frank said. “You can’t ask for more. He went out there in a pressure situation. That was a great job.”

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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