Woodcreek freshman Boles ’em over in softball
Jacy Boles started this softball season on the JV team at Woodcreek High School, but varsity coach Art Banks knew he had another keeper for the pitching circle.
“We knew how good she was,” Banks said Thursday. “We wanted to bring her on board, and it was time.”
With senior Lexi Wilkerson nursing a back injury, it was time. The Timberwolves took Boles, a 5-foot-9 freshman with the usual assortment fastpitch junk, to Southern California last week for the Michelle Carew Classic and let her cut her varsity teeth with 12 1/3 innings over three games.
Back to Sierra Foothill League action Monday, Boles earned her first varsity victory with a four-hit, one-walk, seven-strikeout 1-0 shutout of Del Oro. On Wednesday, she pitched a five-hitter and beat Roseville 5-1 on Frankie Orlando’s walk-off grand slam.
“Del Oro hadn’t seen her, and heck, Roseville hadn’t seen her either,” Banks said. “She throws all kinds of stuff.”
Woodcreek (12-6 overall, 6-1 SFL) tied Roseville (12-6-1, 4-3) on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh, and Orlando fought off two changeups before losing a third change.
“She just crushed it,” Banks said.
Roseville plays host to league-leading Rocklin (14-1, 6-0) on Friday, and Woodcreek plays at Granite Bay (6-13, 2-5).
Granite Bay 6, Roseville 5 — The Grizzlies (8-5, 2-0) scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth on Vinny Esposito’s double and scored the winner in the seventh on an overthrow to beat the Tigers (6-7, 0-2) in the second game of a three-game series.
Griffin Powers led off the seventh with a base hit up the middle and was safe at second on Will George’s bunt. Granite Bay bunted again, and Powers scored on the overthrow.
Esposito went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Powers, George and Joe Ellis had two hits each, and pitchers Scott Romuk, Austin Schiber and Jake Peterson combined to strike out seven.
Matt Grashoff and Matt Razzano had three hits each for Roseville.
The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clancy Field.
Woodcreek 4, Del Oro 1 — Two days after Stephen Nogosek one-hit the Golden Eagles (4-9, 0-2), Tyler Milani pitched a three-hitter to lift the host Timberwolves (11-2, 2-0) in game two of the series. Milani walked three and struck out four.
Juniors Hank Pankratz, Cy Hynes and Dylan Spezia had two hits each for Woodcreek.
Game three in the series is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Del Oro.
Oakmont 6, Rio Linda 2 — A.J. Hall pitched a four-hitter, and the Vikings (9-5, 3-1 CVC) scored in every inning but the first to beat the Knights (7-8, 0-4). Mark Hunter had three hits, including a double, Rex Campbell two hits, and Jake Rodrigues, Robert Walton and Kirby Broadbent doubled.
Valley Christian 11, Golden Sierra 0 — The Lions (10-9) prepped for a big nonleague game at Lincoln on Monday by ripping 13 hits and not striking out in their win over the Grizzlies (5-11).
Caleb Van Patten with 4 for 4 with two stolen bases, and Teagan Mowry and Will Hammond each homered and drove in two runs. Zach Sween also had two RBI, and Jimmy Shaw and Jeremiah Moore doubled.
Shaw and Moore combined on a two-hitter. Shaw struck out eight in four innings, and Moore struck out two in one inning.