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Roseville, Woodcreek to meet in best-of-three semifinal

Nogosek strikes out 16 for Timberwolves; six-run inning lifts Tigers over Rosemont
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Roseville and Woodcreek high schools met three times in Sierra Foothill League baseball games in the first week of April. Woodcreek won two. All three were decided by one run.

They’ll begin a best-of-three series at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Sacramento City College.

Roseville (19-9) used a six-run sixth to defeat Rosemont 8-6 on Friday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Woodcreek (15-12) followed with a 2-0 blanking of Casa Roble on Stephen Nogosek’s 16-strikeout one-hitter.

“We’re happy to be here,” Timberwolves coach Kelly Mayo said.

Nogosek one-hit Casa Roble for the second time this season — the 6-foot-2 sophomore right-hander struck out six in a 4-0 Woodcreek win April 2 — but needed 128 pitches Friday night. Nogosek, who threw 70 strikes, struck out the side in three innings, including the bottom of the seventh.

He also got out of two-on, none-out jams in the fourth and sixth, both of which included catcher’s interference calls. In the fourth, Nogosek picked off Kyle Keith between second and third for the first out. In the sixth, Nogosek fielded Keith’s bunt to the left side and threw to third to force Tyler Young, who broke up Nogosek’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single up the middle. Nogosek struck out Nos. 4 and 5 hitters Matt Cox and Eric Adams back to back to finish both innings.

Nogosek said he went at Casa Roble the same way in facing the Rams for the second time: mostly fastballs the first two times through the order with adjustments the third time around.

“Our team, we waited a week to play these guys,” Nogosek said. “We were pumped the whole time. We couldn’t wait.”

The Timberwolves scored both runs in the sixth on a wild pitch that hit the dirt near the plate and bounced high into the air and toward the Rams’ first-base dugout. Brandon Raposa, who drew a leadoff walk, easily scored from third. Shaun Mize, who reached on a bunt single, raced around third on the wild pitch and scored behind Raposa.

“Our kids are playing heads up, being aggressive on the bases,” Mayo said.
Nogosek said he was in the dugout going through his routine when Woodcreek scored.

“That was crazy,” he said. “All of a sudden, everyone starts cheering. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ They’re all like, ‘Two runs scored.’ I’m like, ‘Sweet.’ ”

Roseville trailed Rosemont 6-2 when Dalton Blaser led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Chris Williams and pinch hitter Matt Parks also singled, and Garrett Nunally emptied the bases with a three-run double.

“Garrett has been huge all year. He’s probably the unsung hero on our team,” Tigers coach Hank DeMello said. “He had a great league for us. The nice thing is, he’s a quiet guy, doesn’t say a whole lot; just goes about his business.”

Nunally also made a diving catch on a ball in the gap.

After back-to-back called third strikes, Beau Smith doubled home Nunally with the tying run. Nick Blaser, who scored three runs, was intentionally walked, Anthony Roberts walked, and Dalton Blaser drew a bases-loaded walk. Williams then was hit by a pitch to bring in the sixth run in the inning.

Matt Maher shut down Rosemont after relieving Mark Reece.

Game 2 in the Roseville-Woodcreek series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday with an if game to follow.

Defending Division II-champion Rocklin meets Del Campo at noon Saturday in the opener of their best-of-three series.