SFL, CVC baseball playoff berths on the line next week
Three teams from the Sierra Foothill League and Capital Valley Conference will qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball playoffs.
The regular season ends Wednesday. Going into Friday’s games, only Del Oro was out of the picture in the SFL, but the Golden Eagles were still stepping on the toes of those near the top of the standings.
On Wednesday, Rocklin used a five-run first and a nine-run fourth to defeat Granite Bay 15-5 in five innings. That moved the Thunder into a tie for first with the Grizzlies at 7-4.
Nevada Union scored in the bottom of the seventh to beat Woodcreek 7-6, dropping the Timberwolves into fifth place at 5-6. And, Del Oro topped Roseville 8-1, preventing the Tigers from moving into what would have been a three-way tie for first. Roseville and Nevada Union were 6-5 going into Friday. Del Oro was 2-9.
Next week’s series will be played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at alternating home sites. Roseville plays host to Granite Bay on Monday, Del Oro visits Woodcreek, and Nevada Union is at Rocklin.
It’s just as competitive in the CVC. Oakmont knocked off first-place Bella Vista 11-6 on Wednesday, Del Campo pounded Christian Brothers 14-7, and last-place Rio Linda surprised second-place Casa Roble 4-2.
That left Bella Vista at 8-4, Casa Roble at 7-5, Oakmont and Del Campo at 6-6, CBS still in the picture at 5-7 and Rio Linda at 4-8.
Oakmont played Bella Vista again Friday and plays Rio Linda twice next week, hoping to squeeze into the top three and the playoffs.
Valley Christian 8, Faith Christian 2 — Freshman Jeremiah Moore took a perfect game into the seventh, struck out 15 and settled for a combined no-hitter with Jimmy Shaw. Moore hit the leadoff batter in the seventh and was relieved after issuing a one-out walk. Both runners eventually scored on an error and a steal of home.
Shaw had three RBI, Aaron Perchaz two RBI, and Anthony DeMasi went 3 for 3 with a double for the Lions (14-6 overall), who played at Auburn Christian on Friday night. A win would give Valley Christian its 14th consecutive league championship.
Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament — Kyle Coates of Oakmont and the Granite Bay doubles team of Zach Low and Wade Graves advanced to the semifinals Friday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
Coates defeated Charles LaSalle of Rio Americano 6-0, 6-0 and Anton Ulan of McClatchy 6-1, 6-0 and was scheduled to face Brett Bacharach of Del Oro on Friday morning. Also, Matt Thompson of Granite Bay lost to John Styer of Central Catholic 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Low and Graves defeated Wilson Hom and Thomas Murray of McClatchy 6-2, 6-2 and Blake Ewen and Jordan Smith of El Camino 6-2, 6-0 to move into the semifinals.
Sac-Joaquin North Trials — Sarah Strand of Oakmont and Brandi Mello of Woodcreek qualified for the finals today at Johansen High School in Modesto. Strand finished sixth in the trials Thursday at Bella Vista with a score of 337.95, and Mello was seventh with 301.35.
The finals are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the frosh-soph girls competition. The frosh-soph boys follow at 10:30. The varsity girls are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and the varsity boys at 3.
Granite Bay 1, Roseville 0 — Anna Goddi scored on an assist from Erin Pellerin, and goalkeeper Maria Dela Cruz made seven saves for the shutout as the Grizzlies (12-4-1, 6-3-1 SFL) pulled into a tie for second with the Tigers (15-3-2, 6-3-1).
Rocklin (15-3-2) won the SFL title with a 7-1-2 record. All three teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, which begin March 17.
Granite Bay 6, Jesuit 5 — The Grizzlies (13-3 overall) won their second consecutive Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference crown and third in four years. The victory at Jesuit gave Granite Bay a 9-1 conference record.
Attack man Chris Campbell scored the tying goal in the third quarter, and Jack Hanly scored on a left-handed shot in the final minutes to give the Grizzlies the lead for good. Campbell and Hanly scored two goals each. Sophomores Zack Burger and Grant Caraway also scored.
Senior defensemen Nick Reeves and Grant Gunderson helped shut down Jesuit in the second half, and senior goalie Brad Ludwig made eight saves.
Granite Bay’s JV team beat Jesuit to improve to 17-0 this season. The Grizzlies have 50 consecutive wins over three seasons.
Oakmont 8, Del Campo 4 — The Vikings (5-15, 3-6 CVC) scored six runs in the sixth to beat the Cougars. Sophi Lozano and Tiara Turner each homered and had two hits for Oakmont, and Taylor Paul went 3 for 3. Turner pitched a complete game, allowed two earned runs and struck out five.
Oakmont 4, Bella Vista 0 — Tiara Turner pitched a two-hitter and struck out seven to lift the Vikings over the Broncos. Maddie Lyons had two hits and two RBI, and Marisa Andrade had a double and a single for Oakmont.
- Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor