FOLSOM — Too much power and solid pitching greeted the Ponderosa Yankees squad from the other side of the bracket in Wednesday’s District 54 Little League Tournament of Champions Majors finals at Mann Park.
Woodcreek’s Padres, on the strength of three home runs and a combined effort from the mound, took the title with a three and a half inning 13-3 victory.
Ponderosa was back at it less than 24 hours after Tuesday’s exciting win (see accompanying game coverage on A-12) but ran into a tough Woodcreek team that scored four times in the first inning, batted around in the second for five and added four runs in the third for a 10-run cushion.
Despite Owen Barry’s lead-off single up the middle to open the fourth, Padre reliever Daniel Susac slammed the door on the tournament by striking out the next three.
Susac two-run homer in the first enabled Woodcreek to put up three runs after just three batters. Barry doubled in Matt Cowen in the second to trim the deficit but the Padres answered with five, highlighted by a three-run home run.
In the top of the third, Yankee Michael Miller drew a lead-off walk, Nick Olowski replaced him with a fielder’s choice and scored as Michael Kujawa doubled to the left field wall. He scored on a passed ball.
Woodcreek starter Dennis Boatman ripped a liner out of Mann to lead off the fourth to ignite a four-run inning and after three defensive outs in the bottom half the Padres celebrated near the pitcher’s mound.