ROSEVILLE — Behind 5-0 after the first inning, the El Dorado Hills 9-10 All Stars baseball team put on its rally caps in the second inning to take a 6-5 lead in the District 54 title game against Woodcreek at Richards Field Tuesday.
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But Woodcreek scored often in the final two innings that led to a 20-8 victory. The game was called after four innings because of the mercy rule.
Brady Routon singled to start the top of the second inning for El Dorado Hills. Then he moved around the base paths thanks to a walk to Jackson Malchow and single by Braden Frank. After a ground out that drove in Routon to make it 5-1, Calin Trexler doubled to right-center field to drive in Malchow and Frank for a 5-3 score.
Then Alex Del Pizzo walked and was followed by Andrew Uharriet beating out an infield single. After a fly out, Jack Carroll doubled to right field that plated Trexler and Del Pizzo to tie the game at 5-all. Uharriet made it 6-5 when he scored on Carroll’s second hit of the inning, a single to left field.
Woodcreek responded in the bottom of the second inning with five hits, all singles, and a walk to retake the lead at 9-6.
El Dorado Hills roared back again to make it 9-8 in the top of the third inning. Frank and Jack Pina had back-to-back singles and after a ground out, Del Pizzo singled to left field that to plate Frank. Pina scored on Uharriet’s sacrifice fly to center field.
“They showed a lot of fight,” said El Dorado Hills manager Mike Frank. “I thought ‘OK, here we go. We’re back, and we’re going to start playing.’ But we never got it going.”
In its final at-bat in the bottom of the third inning, Woodcreek scored 11 times. Its eight hits included a home run, double and six singles. Woodcreek also benefited from three walks and hit batter.
El Dorado Hills finished the game with eight hits. Braden Frank went 3-for-3, scoring two times. Routon was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Carroll, Trexler and Pina had a hit each.
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