Roseville evens score with Woodcreek in baseball

Valley Christian drops pitchers’ duel to Maxwell
By: Staff reports
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Another day, another close baseball game in the Sierra Foothill League.

Two days after giving up three runs in the seventh inning and losing at Woodcreek High School, Roseville returned home Wednesday and beat the Timberwolves 2-1 when Dylan McBride was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“Every time we play Woodcreek, it doesn’t matter what we have,” Tigers coach Hank DeMello said. “We’re always going to have a battle.”

Braxton Phillips drew a leadoff walk. Following a wild pitch, Woodcreek intentionally walked Anthony Roberts. A wild pickoff throw to second moved pinch runner Kyle Burger to third with Dalton Blaser at the plate. The Timberwolves walked Blaser intentionally and brought in Stephen Nogosek, who struck out a batter before hitting McBride with a breaking ball.

Anthony Roberts doubled in the fourth for Roseville and scored on McBride’s hit that dropped between short and center.

Kyle Dixon drove in Woodcreek’s run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, and the Timberwolves loaded the bases in the eighth before Roseville junior Mark Reece struck out the next two.

“Mark Reece was dealing,” DeMello said. “He came in (after the eighth) and said, ‘Coach, I’m tired.’ I said, ‘You don’t have to go out there because we’re going to win right now.’ I walked to the first-base coach and said, ‘God, I hope we win right now.’”

The teams concluded the three-game series Friday. Woodcreek opens a three-game set at Granite Bay on Monday. Roseville plays at Rocklin on Monday.

Maxwell 2, Valley Christian 0 – Senior Tyler Wells outdueled Lions sophomore Jimmy Shaw in a battle of left-handers. The Lions (5-4) managed just four hits against Wells, and the Panthers, ranked fifth in Northern California in Division V by, cashed in on two mistakes.

A home run on a pitch up in the zone gave Maxwell a 1-0 lead in the fourth. The Panthers scored in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk.

Valley Christian had a runner thrown out at home on a relay throw in the fourth, and the Lions had leadoff runners picked off in the third and sixth.

Shaw allowed three hits and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

“How well he pitched, Shaw deserved the win,” Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. said.

Micky DeFiebre had two hits for Valley Christian.

The Lions defeated Lutheran of Elk Grove 28-0 and 13-1 before facing Maxwell.

Oakmont 15, Christian Brothers 7 – Ryan Gearing and Brian Evangelisti pitched well for the Vikings (6-3, 1-2 CVC), and Kyle Jones led the hitting attack by going 2 for 3 with three RBI. Jared Virtue tripled, singled and drove in two runs, Logan Coggeshall went 2 for 2 with a triple, Jimmy Lunardelli was 2 for 3 with a double, and Jimmy Gearing had two singles.

Coggeshall homered for Oakmont in a 4-2 loss to Del Campo on Wednesday.

Valley Christian 10, Buckingham Charter 9
– Trailing by five going into the fifth, the Lady Lions tied the score and went ahead in the sixth. Carly Gish hit a tying two-run homer in the first, and Heather Frank had two hits. Winning pitcher Midori Bounds struck out seven and went 2 for 4.

Valley Christian (7-0, 6-0 SMAL) followed with a 5-3 win over New Life Christian on Thursday. Emily Flood went 2 for 2 and had four of the Lady Lions’ 13 stolen bases. Frank had a home run, triple and single, and Bounds was 2 for 4 with a double.

Del Oro 8, Roseville 1
– Roseville’s Adam Stafford and Ryan McFadyen scored their second consecutive win at No. 3 doubles, 6-2, 7-5, but the Golden Eagles prevailed in an SFL match at Johnson Ranch.