Holding a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning, the 9/10 El Dorado Hills All Stars allowed four runs to Woodcreek in the fifth in an eventual 4-3 loss Tuesday at Mitchell Field.
“Our starting pitcher (Andrew Uharriet) did exactly what we asked from him. (Woodcreek) just had one inning where they put the bat on the ball and were able to put four runs up,” EDH coach Joe Ramsey said.
Woodcreek got two men on base in the top of the first, but Uharriet struck out Luke Aubin swinging to end the inning. Woodcreek starter Andrew Paolini breezed through the EDH lineup in bottom half, retiring them in order.
In the second, Uharriet struck out Caden Thompson and got Cade Blevins to ground out to end the inning. Center fielder Sam Manfredi led off the bottom of the frame for El Dorado Hills, and hit a bomb over the left field wall that landed 20 feet past the fence and EDH held a 1-0 lead.
Uharriet cruised through the Woodcreek lineup in the third, retiring them 1-2-3, and EDH came back up to bat. The first two batters were put out, but Uharriet got a two-out rally started with a double to the left-center field wall. Braden Frank followed that up with a double to the same spot to score Uharriet, and Frank scored on Drake Bicknell’s single up the middle for a 3-0 advantage.
Neither team made noise in the fourth inning and Woodcreek came up in the top of the fifth down three runs. Pinch-hitter Keith Turpin reached on an error, and Erik Bare came in to relieve Uharriet. After striking out Ian Martin, Woodcreek loaded the bases on a bloop single and walk. Paolini came up and laced a liner past second base that rolled to the right-center field wall and scored all three runs. Paolini scored on a Carsen Keim’s single to center, and Woodcreek went ahead.
El Dorado Hills went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth, and came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth needing a run to tie. Leadoff hitter Frank reached on an error, but Keim struck out the next three batters to end the game.
“Woodcreek is a very good team, but you can print this: We’ll see them again in the championship game,” Ramsey said.
With the loss, the path to the championship game is convoluted. El Dorado Hills awaits the winner of the Roseville West-Folsom American/Ponderosa game, with the winner of the semi-final going on to face Woodcreek next Monday.