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Good hop for Roseville, bad hop for Woodcreek in SFL baseball

Granite Bay escapes Del Oro with 7-6 win
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Whether it’s one run or 100 runs, a win is a win and a loss is a loss. And every win is huge in the Sierra Foothill League baseball race.

Granite Bay High School overcame wild pitching and sneaked out of last-place Del Oro with a 7-6 win Monday. Woodcreek, meanwhile, received seven shutout innings from junior ace Stephen Nogosek but lost at Rocklin 1-0 in extra innings on a bad-hop single. And Roseville used two home runs and another famous Clancy Field hop to pound Nevada Union 9-3.

Nogosek allowed four hits and two walks and struck out eight against the Thunder (11-6 overall, 6-0 SFL), but the Timberwolves (13-5, 3-4) managed just five hits against Rocklin senior Tanner McVey and missed an opportunity to tighten the race.

Woodcreek reliever Devin Astor recorded two outs in the bottom of the eighth, then allowed a hit and a walk before Patrick O’Keefe’s hard grounder hopped over the second baseman.

“That ball just jumped over his head,” Woodcreek coach Eric Valencia said. “I told the kids, ‘Keep your heads up.’”

Granite Bay (14-4, 6-1), on the other hand, went through three pitchers before Gabe Meza shut down the Golden Eagles (3-14, 1-5) with two innings of one-hit, three-strikeout relief.

The Grizzlies issued five walks, including one with the bases loaded, allowed a home run and hit eight Del Oro batters.

“Not too good a job on the mound,” Granite Bay coach Pat Esposito said. “Just that kind of stuff happened.”

Granite Bay overcame a 5-4 deficit with a three-run fifth. Meza then escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth and finished the Golden Eagles with a strikeout, a grounder to first and a popup.

“He was pretty big and instrumental in keeping us in that one-run ballgame,” Esposito said.

Austin Schiber had two of his three RBI on a late single, and Jordan Blake had two hits and scored three runs for the Grizzlies.

Roseville (5-13, 2-5) answered a two-run first by Nevada Union (4-13, 2-5) with a three-run second and then added on, including a four-run sixth.

Dalton Blaser went 3 for 3, including a two-run rocket in the first. The Tigers took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Braxton Phillips’ sacrifice fly.

Braeden Eldredge had an RBI hit in the fifth on a flare that fell between oncoming Nevada Union players, and another screamer by Blaser, accompanied by a Clancy Field hop, scored one to make it 6-3.

Phillips followed with a two-run bomb, and Dylan McBride hit a laser into the back fence for a solo shot.

“Soon as he hit it, you knew,” Roseville coach Hank DeMello said.