Thursday Mar 19 2009
Rocklin tops Roseville 12-8 in baseball
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
Rocklin High junior pitcher Blake Fassler was in control out of the bullpen on Thursday as the Thunder topped the visiting Tigers 12-8. Roseville led 7-4 with a runner on second base in the top of the fourth inning when Fassler came on in relief for Kyle Garvella. Fassler let that run score (not charged to him) on a triple by Anthony Roberts but he gave up just one hit the rest of the way. His final line was 3 and 1/3 innings pitched, two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Fassler retired the side in order in the fifth and seventh inning. “He’s been great the whole time – he could definitely (be a starting pitcher),” Rocklin coach Roc Murray said. “I’m feeling really good – just trying not to think and let (the ball) go. (My job is to) come in and shut them down,” Fassler said. “I feel like we are going to be on a roll . . . We definitely have a target on our backs but Granite Bay is 7-0.” Rocklin, which has won the Sierra Foothill League the last two years, is 3-1 in league and its only loss was to Del Oro in the SFL opener. Roseville dropped to 0-3 with the loss. Roseville jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning on a solo homer by Andrew Beals but Rocklin scored three runs in the last of the second inning to go up 3-1. A two-run single by Kevin Spaulding highlighted the rally. The Tigers responded with three runs in the top of the third inning as Roberts hit a two-run homer and Beals drove in a run on a groundout. Rocklin’s Cameron Gordon tied the game at four in the last of the third inning with a run-scoring single. The back-and-forth action continued in the fourth inning as both teams scored four runs. Michael Moreno hit a two-run double to highlight the Roseville rally while Rocklin’s big blow was a two-run single by Gordon. Roseville was done scoring for the day after the fourth inning while Rocklin scored three times in the fifth inning and once in the sixth. Rocklin catcher Wes Marker had a two-run single in the fifth inning while Jason Hampton drove in a run with a single in the fifth and the sixth inning. “We didn’t cave in the third inning (after Roseville scored three runs) – we battled and chipped away and got a run,” Murray said. Rocklin senior outfielder Pat Stover, the SFL MVP from last season, played in the last two league games but he sat this one out. He is also a starter on the basketball team that will play in the Division II state finals at Arco Arena Friday night. “Just resting for tomorrow,” said Stover, who watched the game from the stands.