EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Rush baseball team has won one tournament championship and is looking for another.
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Competing in the Intermediate 50/70 division of the Nor Cal Divisional Tournament last week in Chowchilla, the Rush posted a 4-1 record that included winning the title game, 7-6, on a walk-off home run by Nate Hansen.
Prior to the title game, the Rush won their first two games by more than 10 runs, then posted a 6-3 win but lost 6-0 before rallying in the divisional title contest.
“This group has been playing in the same (El Dorado Hills) league for a long time,” said Rush assistant coach Chris Hansen, who credits manager Ken Smith for bringing the group of all-stars together. “Ken did an amazing job of bringing them together to form a good team. They’ve always been good baseball players; they’ve really jelled this last month. They are picking each other up when things go wrong, and that’s when you know you have a good team.”
Members of the Rush are: Zack Reyes, Jackson Slaughter, Hayden Nabors, Brayden Tester, Trent Smith, Sam Copely, Nate Hansen, Josh Yang, Sam Parham, Matt Grimenstein, Jordan Mayeda and Will Crookham. Ken Smith is the manager, and Mark Parham is one of the assistant coaches.
Next is the Little League West Region Intermediate Tournament in Nogales, AZ. The Rush will be one of 11 teams competing, with the winner getting a chance to play in the Little League World Series that is scheduled to air on ESPN next month. But first, the Rush must get through five pool play games. The top two seeds in each pool advance to a single-elimination format.
The players and their families left Tuesday afternoon, and played their first game against Hawaii yesterday. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, July 24.
“We’re really excited,” said Nabors prior to the team’s departure to Arizona. “First game against Hawaii will be really exciting.”
To track results of the Rush’s games, visit llbws.org, scroll toward the bottom of the page, click on the Intermediate 50/70 icon, and in the United States Division click West.
Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or email@example.com. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.