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Granite Bay needs nine innings to beat Woodcreek

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School struck first and last Monday, taking the first of a three-game Sierra Foothill League series 5-3 in nine innings at Woodcreek.

The Grizzlies (12-3 overall, 4-0 SFL) scored two runs in the top of the first inning and added three more in the ninth. Nick LeBeau started both multi-run innings and drove in two runs with a sacrifice and a single.

LeBeau was confident following a good series start.

“I feel like we have a good shot at sweeping them. If we keep executing on the mound and our bats continue to come alive, then we’ll get it easy I think,” LeBeau said.

LeBeau and Ryan Rosa each had an RBI groundout in the first off Woodcreek starter Stephen Nogosek. The junior allowed two earned runs and six hits in five innings.

The Timberwolves (11-3, 1-2) weren’t without their bats either. Austin Hagarty drove in a run with a groundout in the third, and Shaun Mize doubled off the left-field wall to tie it 2-2 with two outs in the fifth.

Gabe Meza and Scott Romuk worked in relief of Granite Bay starter Shawn Munkdale, who allowed one earned run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

LeBeau, Aaron Knapp and Brett Bautista drove in runs against Woodcreek reliever Austin Blatnick.

Woodcreek junior Tyler Milani jacked a solo shot over the left-field wall to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but Romuk and Jake Peterson fought through a hit and an error in the inning to close it out.

“For the last three games, our biggest downfall has been not putting the ball in play with runners on,” Milani said. “You can’t leave a guy on third base, especially in this league.”

Woodcreek stranded seven runners in scoring position, including two at third base.

The series resumes today at Granite Bay, where the Timberwolves won two games last season.

“The more tight games we play, the more battle-hardened we are,” Grizzlies coach Pat Esposito said. “As long as our pitching holds up, we’re OK. It’s been the key for us so far.”

Rocklin 7, Roseville 5 — Dalton Blaser went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs with two homers for the host Tigers (4-10, 1-2) in their loss to the Thunder (7-6, 2-0) on Monday. Freshman Max Modeste also homered for Roseville.

Oakmont 15, Rio Linda 4 — The Vikings (11-4, 3-1 CVC) scored 10 runs in the top of the fourth to extend a 5-0 lead over the Knights (6-10, 0-4). Ryan Gearing and Austin Call each had three hits to pace Oakmont’s 14-hit attack, and Call pitched well for three innings. Scotty Walton, Dalton DeVries and Logan Coggeshall each had a double and combined for seven RBI.