GRANITE BAY — A home run and an unexpected steal kept the El Dorado Hills All-Stars baseball team undefeated in the District 54 Majors All-Stars Tournament Wednesday at Ronald L. Fiest Park.
El Dorado Hills, which trailed 3-0 after the top of the first inning, rallied to post a 10-6 win over Folsom National. The win improves the local squad to 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament.
After Folsom National jumped out to its lead, El Dorado Hills’ Vinni Mini led off the bottom of the first inning with a perfect bunt single down the third base line. Then Anthony Pallari smoked a fast ball over the right-center field fence for a two-run home run that trimmed Folsom’s lead to 3-2.
“That really helped get everybody going,” said El Dorado Hills manager Bud Carroll.
El Dorado Hills’ Anthony McDaris kept the inning going with a single, and moved to second base when Griffin Gould walked. But a strike out ended El Dorado Hills’ threat.
Folsom built its lead to 6-2 in the top of the third inning, thanks to five hits and a fielder’s choice.
El Dorado Hills rallied back in the bottom of the same frame. Ben Carroll walked and after a fly out, McDaris and Xavier Fosbenner had back-to-back singles. Fosbenner’s hit drove in Carroll to make it 6-3. McDaris scored on bases-loaded walk issued to Matt Murphy.
Trailig 6-4, Fosbenner, on third base, exploded for home plate and slid safely in to cut the lead to 6-5.
“The fastest guy in El Dorado Hills,” said Carroll of Fosbenner. “He knows when to go, and he goes. It definitely switched the momentum.”
El Dorado Hills took a 7-6 lead when Carson Johnson (hit by pitch) and Murphy scored on a single to left field off the bat of Pallari (2-for-4, 4 RBIs).
“It was a great win because we didn’t give up,” Carroll said. “We kept fighting. We were down 6-2, and we battled back.”
In its last at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, El Dorado Hills added three more runs as Cole Granath and Bryce Kimball had back-to-back singles, Mini walked to load the bases and Pallari’s sacrifice fly plated Granath.
El Dorado Hills’ final two runs came as Kimball scored when Zack Adamson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Mini stole home.
On the mound, Pallari pitched the final two innings, striking out five and gave up no hits. Adamson and McDaris also pitched two innings.
Next for El Dorado Hills is Saturday’s winner bracket game against Lakeside, which beat Folsom American in another winner’s bracket game also played on Wednesday. Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.