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Stunning start in SFL: Roseville tops Woodcreek, and vice versa

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Sierra Foothill League coaches say it from the first Friday night in September to the second Friday afternoon in May.

They say it in football and basketball, on wrestling mats, golf courses and tennis courts. They repeat it, preach it and pound it home until everyone gets it: Any team can beat any other team on any given day in the SFL.

And yes, that’s really the way it is. Try on these results for size:

Roseville, coming off a sputtering 11-3 softball loss to Whitney on Monday, shut out undefeated Woodcreek 7-0 on Tuesday in an SFL opener, then fell behind Del Oro on Thursday before storming back to win 12-3 in Loomis.

In soccer, Woodcreek welcomed a Roseville team that entered Tuesday night’s league opener having allowed two goals over an 11-0 start. Tuesday’s final: Woodcreek 2, Roseville 0.

“This is such a long journey,” Roseville softball coach Jennifer Birch said. “You need to work every single day.”

Literally.

Woodcreek defeated Granite Bay and Rocklin on Monday and Tuesday before losing to Roseville. The Timberwolves (10-1 overall, 3-1 SFL) rebounded to thump Nevada Union 9-1 on Thursday, their fourth game in four days.

Roseville’s Kayla Fields pitched a four-hit shutout against Woodcreek, then threw most of Thursday’s game at Del Oro.

The Tigers (7-2-1, 2-0) let a 2-0 lead get away and trailed 3-2 before scoring six runs in the top of the sixth inning on six hits, including Fields’ low screamer just inside the chalk on the first-base line. Two runs scored to give Roseville a 5-3 lead.

Senior Lollie Fitzpatrick and freshman Naomi Monahan had three hits each. Danielle Crockett, Taylor McDowell, MacKensie Priley and Stephenie Johnson each had two hits for the Tigers, who totaled 15 hits.

Birch said she was proud of the Tigers for staying strong mentally.

“It’s been an exhausting two days,” she said. “It’s tough to stay up. Everybody is mentally exhausted.”