SFL baseball standings shuffle, but Granite Bay maintains lead

Roseville's Williams hits two bombs in one inning
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Tied for first place at the beginning of the week, Granite Bay High School was alone at the top of the Sierra Foothill League after beating Del Oro on Monday and Wednesday.

Tied for first at the beginning of the week, Woodcreek lost twice to Rocklin and slid into a tie for third.

Rocklin, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion, climbed into second, and Roseville and Nevada Union beat each other and didn’t budge in the standings.

“Welcome to the SFL,” Roseville coach Hank DeMello said after the host Tigers rode Chris Williams’ two-homer inning to a 14-8 victory over Nevada Union on Wednesday. Roseville lost at Nevada Union 12-7 on Tuesday.

Nevada Union (13-7, 4-4 SFL) hit two home runs during a five-run third inning to erase a 3-1 deficit against the Tigers (13-7, 4-4).

Roseville trailed 7-3 entering the bottom of the fifth, when it scored 10 runs. Williams hit a three-run homer and a grand slam in the inning. Anthony Roberts hit a leadoff single, Dalton Blaser walked, and Williams went yard.

“He hits the ball in the gap, and it goes and goes, and then it’s gone,” DeMello said. “All of a sudden, it’s like somebody got a vitamin B12 shot. The whole dugout went up.”

Nick Blaser had two hits and three RBI and put the Tigers ahead 9-7. With runners at second and third and two outs, the Miners intentionally walked Dalton Blaser to get to Williams.

“Boom. He hits it same spot, and that was it,” DeMello said.

Braxton Phillips also homered for Roseville, a shot to dead center, and Beau Smith went 3 for 5 with a triple.

DeMello said senior starter Matt Maher shook off the two homers by Nevada Union and pitched well. He was the winning pitcher. Zach Cunha struck out three batters in the sixth, and Roberts shut down the Miners in the seventh.

Rocklin 5, Woodcreek 3 — The Timberwolves (10-9, 4-4) took a five-game losing streak into Friday’s series finale. Woodcreek fell behind the Thunder (12-7, 5-3) early two days after losing to Rocklin 10-3.

“We haven’t played well since the Easter tournament,” Woodcreek coach Kelly Mayo said. “It’s a matter of going back to Little League, playing catch, throwing the ball over the plate. They played better and got some timely hits.”

Austin Hagarty went 2 for 4 with a double and Brandon Raposa doubled for the Timberwolves.

Granite Bay 10, Del Oro 3 — All nine starters had at least one hit and seven of the nine scored at least one run as the Grizzlies (12-7-1, 6-2) maintained their one-game lead in the SFL. Matt Montalbano and James White combined on a five-hitter, and they overcame four walks and three hit batters to beat the Golden Eagles (5-12, 1-7) for the second time in three days.