Close but no trophy for Roseville, Oakmont in LeDoux Softball Tourney
Both the Oakmont and Roseville softball teams advanced to decisive games in the Stephanie LeDoux Softball Tournament, but neither could finish what they started. Roseville was defeated by Rocklin 5-1 in the championship game on Saturday night at Maidu Park, while Oakmont lost to Casa Roble 11-0 in the third place game.
Sam Moffat drove in the first run for Rocklin in the first inning. The Thunder would not surrender the lead the rest of the way, as Jaclyn Amader drove in two runs on a triple, Cali Lewis drove one in on a double and Jordan Arp singled in a run in the final inning. Roseville’s only run came in the fifth inning, when Alyson Manzo drove in Brittani Whitten.
The Tigers had trounced Vista 9-0 in the quarterfinals and defeated Oakmont 5-1 in the semifinals. Delany DeMello was named the team MVP for the tournament, and she continued a 12-game hitting streak in the championship game.
“I saw them come back as fighters,” said Roseville head coach Jennifer Birch. “They kept their eyes on the prize. I loved it. We had faced some adversity the week before, with three losses in a row. Here we are in the championship game, and I’m really proud of them.”
A young Oakmont team defeated Sutter 4-3 in the semifinals before their game against Oakmont. Head coach Rick Ramirez said the tournament was a good learning experience.
“We’re very young, we only have one senior,” Ramirez said. “They just have to learn to compete. Casa Roble is a quality ball club and a veteran ball club. We did not compete, but we know we can play with everybody. They just need to learn to compete for all seven innings.”
Granite Bay entered the loser’s bracket after a loss to Sutter but defeated Antelope 10-4. They lost to St. Francis 11-10 in the next round.