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Late Woodcreek rally falls one run short

Timberwolves ousted from section tourney
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A three-run rally in the seventh inning left the Woodcreek High softball team one tally shy as it dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Rosemont in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs Friday night at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The loss ends the season for the Timberwolves. Woodcreek took the early lead when Rebecca Rodriguez reached on an error to open the contest, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a squeeze bunt by Courtney Breault. The 1-0 advantage held up until Rosemont used an infield single and an error to score a pair in the home half of the third. The Wolverines would never again relinquish the lead. Rosemont added a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, when they finally solved the pitching of Woodcreek’s Dana Vasko. The Wolverines put together four consecutive hits in that stanza to plate the two runs. Down 5-1 into the final frame, the Timberwolves refused to go away quietly. The first three hitters in the seventh – Paige Davis, Rodriguez and Briana Bernard – all singled, with Bernard’s base knock chasing home a pair of runs. The outburst sent Rosemont to the bullpen, as freshman Alieshia Ayers came on to replace freshman starter Kiersten Jackson. A pair of ground ball outs scored the run that brought the Timberwolves within one, and after Lauren Clark-Lewis banged a base hit to put the tying run aboard, Tarryn Gordon hit a shot that was headed to centerfield until Rosemont shortstop Gennifer Romo dove to her left to snare the out and end the game. A successful season for a young Woodcreek team came to an end, as did the high school careers of a trio of outstanding seniors – Bernard, Breault and Kelly Rose.