Roseville can't cash in with bases loaded

Del Oro takes the lead in SFL softball race
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Scoring opportunities tend to be few when two good high school softball teams meet.

Roseville and Del Oro have combined to score five runs in two matchups this season.

The Golden Eagles came through when they needed a big hit Thursday, and the host Tigers didn’t cash in with the bases loaded later in a 2-0 setback matching the top teams in the Sierra Foothill League.

“It was a good ballgame by two really good teams,” Roseville assistant coach Jerry Wallace said. “They were better (Thursday); we were better when we met them in the tournament earlier in the year. We missed by a couple inches. Both teams had five hits. Difference is, they only had four runners left on base; we had seven left on base.”

Del Oro (7-3-1, 4-0 SFL) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Whitney Smith.

The Tigers (11-2, 3-1) loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth. Savannah McMillin roped a leadoff double over the left fielder. With one out, Caitlyn Renn walked and Taylor McDowell singled.

Winning pitcher Jordan Courage then recorded one of her two strikeouts, and the Golden Eagles got out of the inning when Alexi Johnson grounded out on a hard-hit ball to second.

“We had our opportunities,” Wallace said. “We just couldn’t get the one hit at the right time, and they did.”

Roseville shortstop Lollie Fitzpatrick had a huge game. She handled five chances in a row at one point. In the sixth, she caught a popup behind second base and doubled up a Del Oro runner at first.

“She was stellar,” Wallace said. “She has great hands and a big arm.”

Roseville pitchers Delany DeMello and Gabby Gonzalez combined on a five-hitter. Johnson had two of Roseville’s five hits against Courage. DeMello pitched a two-hitter against the Golden Eagles in a 2-1 Roseville victory March 12.

Roseville plays at Granite Bay on Tuesday.