Friday, April 18, 2014
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Heinz-sight: Boys of summer

Jerry Heinzer

Summer baseball in our area has been quite good.

At some All Star levels, we challenged Woodcreek, still the top dog in District 54 Little League postseason circles.

And how about the El Dorado Hills 50/70 team’s success (see accompanying story)?

Woodcreek did put the hurt to some teams this summer by … let’s just say … one-sided football scores.

Trust me. Our kids do catch the Woodcreek bunch although starting out that looks like an impossible reality. But once high school rolls around, the playing field levels off.

Woodcreek’s formula, at least back in the day, was seasoning their kids — the ones expected to be All Stars — through travel ball play that occured during the actual Little League season.

Once All Stars hit, their kids were/are unfazed by the heightened atmosphere — a real advantage.

It’s also helped they seem to host at every turn.

Moving up the ladder, the California Academy of Baseball (CAB) and El Dorado Post 119 Junior American Legion baseball squads have both had solid success.

CAB essentially took the place of the Senior Legion team and plays on the same field with the same core coaches led by Rusty McDonald, El Dorado’s varsity coach.

McDonald and Co. have the kids from the Cougars’ baseball program, a move that should pay dividends once the next high school season rolls around.

In recent years, El Dorado has knocked on the door of winning a section title. Keeping the kids together strengthens the unit and could make the difference should the Cougars return to the championship game.

On the flip side, hard to imagine had some Cougars been idle over the summer unable to find a team.

Post 119, led by head coach Brett Robinson, turned in a 19-11-1 regular season record heading into tomorrow’s District 7 Tournament at Nevada Union High School.

Robinson, Union Mine’s head varsity baseball coach, oversees a roster of mainly Diamondbacks with a few exceptions.

Like with CAB, that cohesiveness will benefit Union Mine down the road. Hard to believe the Cougar-D’back matchup gets any better after last spring’s games between the local schools.

El Dorado Post 119 opens at 1 p.m. tomorrow against Auburn. A win advances El Dorado to Friday’s 2 p.m. game in the winner’s bracket. Post 119, host Grass Valley, Bear River and Auburn are vying for a spot in the Area Tournament.

Check back with the Democrat for results.

 

 

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