Team Rush makes history

THE CHAMPS — Left to right: Brad Scott (president of EDHLL), Tyler Reyes, Bryson Smith, Kyle Maechler, Brant Paylor, Jake Malaney, Garret Mook, coach Ed Maechler, Rhys Kennedy, Alonzo Wandell, CJ Pallari, Nick Grebe, Cole Ramsey, team manager Ken Smith, Tyler Salcido, coach Bill Kennedy. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Little League 50-70 team Rush claimed the Section 4 crown July 1 — a first for any team from El Dorado Hills.

The team left Friday, July 5, for Chowchilla to compete in the division championships. If the players win there they’ll head to the state and then the west coast World Series of Little League.

This is EDHLL’s inaugural year of including an intermediate 50-70 team; 50-70 stands for 50 feet from the pitcher’s mound to the batter and 70 feet between bases which is more distance than the majors but not quite as far as in the juniors.

Parent Sandy Malaney praised the 50-70 concept, saying it keeps young players in the sport longer. “Many kids drop out of baseball after majors. There are a dozen teams in our league until kids turn 12 and then it drops sharply to three or so,” she said. “This keeps kids who are 13 playing that extra year.”

Rush team member Jake Malaney, 13, said he’s thrilled to continue playing and excited about his team’s success. “Rush is my best experience as a Little League baseball player,” he said. “Our team always picks each other up and I think we could go all the way to the World Series. We are making history in El Dorado Hills.”

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  1. An awesome accomplishment and congrats to all. However this is not the first section title of any EDH LL team. El Dorado Hills North Major all stars won back to back District titles in 2006 and 2007. In the first year that team also won the Section title. Most of the boys on those teams are now 18-19 years old. What made the accomplishment even more marking for those particular teams is that during those years El Dorado Hills had 2 leagues. EDH North and EDH South. The North teams that won back to back district titles and the section title had only 5 teams in their league. So they had only 5 teams from which to comprise an All Star team. That maximum allowed was 10 teams and most of the better All-Star teams came from leagues that carried 8-10 teams. Congrats to the current champs!

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