Roseville softball eliminated after surprising loss

Tigers finish season 19-8-1 following first-round exit
By: Steven Wilson,
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With a roster chalk full of talent and a number of players committed to extend their playing careers at the collegiate level, Roseville’s softball team seemed poised for a deep playoff run in 2017. 

The Tigers, who entered Tuesday’s Division II playoff game as the section's No. 5 seed, had claimed second place out of the CVC following a 10-4 record in league play. But despite the team’s late-season surge near the top of the standings and their four-game win streak before entering the playoffs, the Tigers couldn’t top No. 12 seeded Vacaville this week at home. 

Roseville held a 4-1 lead after four innings of play, but allowed the Bulldogs to tie the game up in the fifth with three runs and take the lead, for good, in the sixth. Although the Tigers added one run in the seventh inning, it was too little, too late as Vacaville claimed the 7-5 victory and advanced to the second round.

“No matter what the score was, we didn’t give up, we didn’t hang our heads and we battled until the last out,” Roseville’s senior pitcher Megan Anderson admitted. “They capitalized on our errors and did enough to win the game. If I left the ball a smidge over the plate (on a pitch), they would connect on it … and when we made mistakes, they compounded on us and it helped them rally late in the game.”

Roseville, which finishes the year 19-8-1, seemingly had the advantage in Tuesday’s matchup against Vacaville, which entered the game with a 14-8 overall record and a 10-5 mark in the Monticello Empire League, where they finished third behind Will C. Wood and Napa High. 

But the Tigers’ early lead disappeared quickly in the fifth inning and the Bulldogs ultimately put the game out of reach with a solo home run in the top of the seventh thanks to a shot from Brook Mitchell.

“It was a pitch that tailed right into the middle and she capitalized on my error,” Anderson admitted. “You have to give them credit — when we made errors, they made us pay for them.”

The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Samantha Garcia crossed the plate, but it wasn’t enough to prolong the game as Vacaville celebrated the win. 

The Bulldogs will now advance to the next round, where they’ll face No. 11 St. Francis after the Troubadours upset No. 4 Del Oro Tuesday on the road, 4-0.