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Timberwolves lose battle after Stassi blast

By: Staff Report
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Backing the pitching of Kyle Caroddo, the Woodcreek High baseball team gave high-powered Yuba City all it could handle in Monday’s pool play round of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament. Playing on its home field, Woodcreek was right there all game along until a seventh-inning eruption turned the game to the Honkers by a 7-4 final score. After Yuba City took the initial advantage (1-0) in the first inning, the teams traded two-run innings, with Woodcreek tallying twice in the home half of the third and fifth, while Yuba City answered with a pair in the fourth. With the Timberwolves leading 4-3 into the seventh stanza, Yuba City went to its bench for help. With all-star catcher Max Stassi having been removed from the game early on because of a strained hamstring, the Honkers re-entered the senior for one last time, and it cost Woodcreek dearly. Stassi belted a shot that landed on the basketball courts beyond the left-field fence to even the score, and it went downhill from there for Woodcreek, as Yuba City tacked on three more runs in the inning to expand their margin and secure the victory. Anthony Roy had two hits for Woodcreek, while Justin Smith banged a double as the Timberwolves turned four hits into four runs. Woodcreek (6-9) beat Rio Americano earlier in the day, and faced Oak Ridge on Tuesday in the second round of the tourney.