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Woodcreek gets rocked and rolled by Thunder

Granite Bay inches ahead by a game in tight SFL
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The Sierra Foothill League has been a bear for local baseball teams, and this week’s three series could either provide breathing room or tighten the race even more.

Granite Bay (5-2) forged a one-game lead with a 14-8 victory over Del Oro (1-6) on Monday. Woodcreek (4-3) fell into a tie for second with Rocklin (4-3) after losing to the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-champion Thunder 10-3 at home. Roseville and Nevada Union were rained out Monday. Both are 3-3 in the SFL.

“The league is a tough league,” Woodcreek coach Kelly Mayo said. “You can’t afford to have a bad day like we just had.”

The Timberwolves trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the third inning before scoring on a walk to Jay Standen and a triple by Austin Hagarty.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Woodcreek put up two more runs. Kyle Dixon reached on a double and scored on a Tyler Milani single. With two outs, Wade Brill walked and scored on a triple by Standen to pull the Timberwolves within 5-3, but that was as good as it would get for Woodcreek.

The biggest issue? Mayo said it was simply playing catch. The Timberwolves committed three errors on their home field, and the Woodcreek pitching staff issued eight walks and hit three Rocklin batters.

“Rocklin came in and played pretty well,” Mayo said. “We hit a lot of guys; we walked a lot of guys. They ended up scoring a lot more runs. We didn’t play well. Rocklin did. We’re going to have to play better to compete in this league.”

Rocklin and Woodcreek meet today at Rocklin and conclude the series Friday at Woodcreek.

“They’re all important,” Mayo said. “If we play like we’ve played the last four games, it’s not going to be much of a series. We just haven’t played well the last four games.”