Roseville edges Woodcreek for LeDoux softball title

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Roseville and Woodcreek high schools advanced to the championship game of the Stephanie LeDoux Spring Softball Tournament last weekend, and Roseville snatched a 1-0 victory at Maidu Park to win the event for the first time in 10 years.

“It’s an important game for us first of all because Stephanie LeDoux went to Roseville High School. Personally, I grew up with her,” Tigers coach Jennifer Birch said of the former star player who was murdered shortly after graduating from high school in 1990. “Here we are 20 years later paying tribute to her memory by both teams playing hard. It’s just a competitive tournament.”

Both teams brought their defensive A game, but timely hitting put Roseville

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Kayla Fields and Savannah McMillin hit back-to-back doubles, scoring Fields with the only run.

“We’ve been striving all year to play tough defense, and we did play tough defense,” Woodcreek coach Art Banks said. “They got the timely hits.”

Fields came on to pitch in the fourth inning and allowed Woodcreek no hits. She struck out the final batter looking. Woodcreek’s Amanda Horbasch pitched a three-hitter.

Fields and Woodcreek senior Hayley Gately were named tournament MVPs.

Roseville (16-2) was 4-0 in the tournament with earlier victories over Pleasant Valley 4-1, Oakmont 2-0 and Del Oro 8-5. Delany DeMello pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight against Pleasant Valley, and Gabby Gonzalez tossed a one-hitter against Oakmont.

Roseville scored five runs in the seventh inning to top Del Oro for the second time in three meetings this season. Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs, Kalei Levy had three hits, and Alicea Coy tripled, singled and had two RBI.

“I’m just really proud,” Birch said. “They played good softball; they didn’t quit. And that’s what I’m happy about. I told them they can carry that trait with them for the rest of their lives; never give up. And I see that, and they’re fighters. They worked so hard, and I’m glad to see them have success.”

Woodcreek (11-5-1) beat Vista del Lago 3-0, Wheatland 7-5 and Whitney 6-4 to advance to the final. Horbasch pitched a six-hitter and struck out six against Vista del Lago, and Gately drove in two runs.

“The tournament was very successful; very nice weather we had,” Banks said. “We had great teams, great sportsmanship. We had a great time.”

Granite Bay lost to Ponderosa 2-0 in its final tournament game and placed sixth. The Grizzlies started with a win over South Tahoe. The Grizzlies then lost to Whitney 4-3 and defeated Wheatland 2-0 before losing to Ponderosa.

Oakmont (2-14) finished eighth after a 4-3 loss to Wheatland. The Vikings beat El Camino 5-4 and lost to Ponderosa 9-4.

All the teams are on spring break and return to action next week.