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Oakmont, Roseville have date in LeDoux softball tournament semis

Tigers sling two no-hitters; Vikings nip two foes 4-3
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Roseville High School didn’t give up a hit on the first day of the annual Stephanie LeDoux Easter Softball Tournament and knocked the ball all over Maidu Park — and over the fence, too.

Oakmont scraped and scratched its way to two 4-3 victories and used a big defensive play to clinch its second win.

And here they are, city rivals, set to meet in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“That’s exciting. We have a lot of respect for them,” Roseville coach Jennifer Birch said after Delany DeMello pitched the Tigers’ second no-hitter of the day in a 9-0 whitewashing of Vista del Lago.

Kayla Fields struck out seven of the nine hitters she faced in a 13-0 romp over Lindhurst in the opener, and freshman Alyson Manzo nailed three of Roseville’s 12 hits. Fields drove in three runs, and Taylor Brewster-McDowell homered.

It was more of the same against a Vista del Lago team that beat St. Francis 3-1 in its tournament opener. The Tigers (8-4-1) totaled 11 hits, including two hits and three RBI by DeMello.

Oakmont, meanwhile, scored three runs in the fourth inning to squeak past Antelope on Savannah Loomis’ complete game, and the Vikings (9-4) finished Sutter when sophomore right fielder Kristina Powers made a knee-high grab of a fly ball on the glove side and doubled up the potential tying run at second base.

Oakmont doesn’t have many high-powered bats, but Loomis nailed two doubles and a triple against Antelope, and Kristen McCue had a big two-out, two-run triple in the three-run fourth.

Against Sutter, Loomis followed Lara Lema’s single with a two-run bomb to give the Vikings the lead in the fifth. Loomis also followed Lema to the circle and pitched the seventh after Lema threw the first six.

Now, Oakmont gets Roseville, which beat the Vikings 3-1 in last year’s LeDoux tournament.

“They play strong defense, and they definitely have solid pitching,” Vikings coach Rick Ramirez said. “If we can come out and play catch, we can play with anybody.”

Granite Bay lost to Sutter 19-1 and then defeated Antelope 10-9. The Grizzlies (3-8) will play St. Francis at 11 a.m. Saturday.