Heading into last weekend, three of our Little league All Star teams — albeit all from El Dorado Hills — sat in very good shape.
All three were undefeated going to semifinal play and … get this … at two of the levels long-time nemesis Woodcreek had already been dispatched to the loser’s bracket — one courtesy of the EDH 9/10s.
Good reason, right, to think the county was in line to witness at least one district champion?
So we thought.
In just five short days, what seemed like a sure thing crashed and burned as six straight losses — four to Woodcreek — denied the three EDH teams.
“Oh so close” is right.
The loss that stung had to be Wednesday’s winner-take-all at Richards Field (see coverage at right) between the El Dorado Hills 9/10s and Woodcreek.
Less than 24 hours after the teams combined to put up 28 runs, they scored just 7 Wednesday — the last giving Woodcreek the 4-3 walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Understand that Wednesday’s headline “El Dorado Hills 9/10s upend Woodcreek” isn’t the norm. It’s more of what reads today.
Overtaking Woodcreek at the Little League level is a big deal, whatever the level.
You can think you’re in good shape facing them, have the right players, the right pitcher and then two hours later you’re left wondering why it wasn’t you that prevailed.
No doubt the EDH teams gave it their all. The 9/10s took it right to the end.
When does the Woodcreek community turn older and the production of top-knotch Little League ballplayers stop?
We’ve seen Woodcreek’s first-edition players and their younger brothers that have followed over the years.
Will the well ever run dry?
Lakeside, the recent up-and-comers, have threatened Woodcreek’s supremacy in the district and the thought was for a program like El Dorado Hills to lurk on the outskirts, move in and finish both off.
Oh well, there’s always next year.
Woodcreek showed its prowess again in winning all five All Star levels. Its overall record was an impressive 24-2.
You can see the banners at their Website or take solace knowing the playing field does even out at the high school level.
Hopefully a lot sooner.