WILL CROOKHAM hits a grand slam in the first inning against Woodcreek at Mitchell Field in El Dorado Hills Monday. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

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Huge lead disappears for El Dorado Hills All Stars

By July 5, 2012

A blowout victory was in the making Monday night at Jeff Mitchell Field for the El Dorado Hills 10/11s Little League All Stars baseball team against Woodcreek.

El Dorado Hills exploded for eight runs in the first inning alone, a good sign, before Woodcreek slowly tallied three runs in the first three innings followed by a monstrous five-run fourth to eventually overtake El Dorado Hills in a 13-12 win.

“We got up on them (Woodcreek) and then just let it get away from us,” said El Dorado Hills head coach Chris Hansen. “We had some errors in the field and the kids got down and at this age if you get down it is tough.”

Will Crookham was the first runner of the day to cross the plate for El Dorado Hills when Tino Bethancourt sent him home on a single. Bethancourt later scored on a passed ball followed by Braydon Tester via a stolen base and Robert Routon due to a walk, putting El Dorado Hills ahead 4-0 and sending Woodcreek’s starter to the showers.

On the first pitch from the new pitcher, Crookham, in his second at bat, whacked a grand slam to deep right, extending El Dorado Hills’ lead to 8-0.

In the bottom half of the initial inning, Woodcreek scored two runs off a double. But El Dorado Hills answered in the top of the second when Sheamus Doyle singled to score Tester, moving the score to 9-2.

Woodcreek was the only team in the third inning to score, cutting the deficit to six.

In the bottom of the fourth, a single, passed ball and double put another run on the board for Woodcreek. In addition, a single and home run closed the score to 9-8 in favor of El Dorado Hills.

In the fifth, El Dorado Hills went scoreless for the third consecutive inning, opening the door for Woodcreek to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as three consecutive singles juiced the bases and a wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score the tying run.

A walk re-loaded the bases for Woodcreek and another wild pitch plated the go-ahead run. Woodcreek extended to 12-9 on a two-run double.

Hansen’s pep talk ignited a last-inning rally. With one out, Anthony Pallari’s single preceded Bethancourt’s home run and Tester’s ground ball right at the shortstop was thrown wild to first, allowing Tester to reach second. He scored on Routen’s clutch single to pull El Dorado Hills even heading to the bottom half of the inning.

Woodcreek led off with a double and a sacrifice bunt to put a runner at third with one out. The next batter reached first safely and with runners at the corners, a single to the shortstop was enough for the walk-off win.

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