Woodcreek can’t stop bat, arm of Del Oro's Courage
The Woodcreek and Del Oro High School softball teams each fielded nine players in their battle for first place in the Sierra Foothill League on Thursday, but the game came down to one player.
Del Oro senior Jordan Courage pitched a shutout and drove in all three runs as the Golden Eagles (13-3-2 overall, 8-1 SFL) topped Woodcreek 3-0 in Loomis.
Courage followed two singles and a walk with a three-run double in the bottom of the first inning. She unleashed the deciding blow on a full count with two outs.
“We got down by a few runs right away, and there’s not much you can do after that,” Timberwolves coach Art Banks said.
Courage went on to allow just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Woodcreek starter Amanda Horbasch threw six shutout innings the rest of the way and struck out six.
“Jordan pitched really well,” Banks said. “She’s a really good pitcher, and she kept us off balance. She was getting ahead in the count and working us on the outside.”
Because of the early deficit, the Timberwolves (15-2, 6-2) were forced to play long ball on offense. Batters showed more defensive swings that resulted in weak groundouts and can-a-corn flyouts.
“Instead of bunting and play for one or two runs, you have to play for three,” Banks said. “It takes the short game out of play. We just weren’t able to capitalize on people we had on base.”