Oak Ridge knocks Rocklin from softball playoffs

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s softball team had its season come to a close at the hands of Oak Ridge in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section, Division II playoffs on Friday. Playing at the Sacramento Softball Complex, the Oak Ridge Trojans topped the Rocklin Thunder 7-3. The Trojans (23-4 overall, 12-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference) haven’t lost a game since April 10. Oak Ridge, which has won that last three section titles, also knocked Rocklin out in the first round of the playoffs last year. Oak Ridge didn’t give up any runs in the entire playoffs last year so Rocklin coach Bob Townsend was happy to see his team put three runs on the board on Friday. The Thunder took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Rebecca Eatough singled to right-center to score Cara Delgado with two outs. Oak Ridge then responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning – highlighted by a three-run homer by Jodie Richards. Rocklin’s Jamie Nakagawa drove in Stephanie Dwyer with a double in the second inning to make it 4-2. The Trojans went up 6-2 in the last of the fourth inning and Rocklin fought back for another run in the top of the fifth when Lauren Orozco hit a long home run to make it 6-3. Oak Ridge added one more run in the top of the seventh to make it 7-3. “The three-run homer was big and with their speed they create errors,” said Townsend, whose team made several errors on the day. “We know they are so fast so we have to do double time (on defense).” Oak Ridge coach Marc Bentovoja was pleased with his offense as well. “Offense is what we’ve been talking about so it was great to see us score seven runs,” Bentovoja said. Townsend was pleased with what his team accomplished this season. The Thunder finished the season with an overall record of 15-12. They finished 9-3 in the Sierra Foothill League. “This is the best hitting team I’ve ever seen at Rocklin High and I’ve been here for eight years,” Townsend said. “It was a phenomenal season and a great group of girls.” Townsend also talked about how much he will miss his four seniors. “Rebecca Eatough, Stacy McTaggart, Cara Delgado and Lauren Rice – so I am losing my catcher, first baseman, second baseman and third baseman. I lose my whole infield,” said Townsend of his seniors. “They are phenomenal kids and I’ve had Stacy for three years. It’s a good group of kids that work hard, hustle and have a lot of fun.” - Matt Long contributed to this report