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Woodcreek giveth and taketh away in SFL softball clash

Eight hits, six sacrifices push Timberwolves past Rocklin and into first place
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN — A common complaint, in baseball anyway, is that professional teams don’t play enough small ball.

Woodcreek High School’s softball team can’t get enough of it. The Timberwolves had six — count ’em, six — sacrifices, and they helped Woodcreek build a 6-1 lead on the way to an 8-3 victory over Rocklin on Wednesday.

The win moved the Timberwolves (14-6 overall, 8-1 Sierra Foothill League) a full game in front of the Thunder (15-3, 7-2) in the SFL and avenged a 3-0 loss to Rocklin on March 21. They’ll meet once more in the regular season, on April 30 at Mahany Park.

“It’s good to be even with them head to head,” Woodcreek coach Art Banks said. “We have to keep on playing well. If we play well and do the right things, that (third) game will mean a lot.”

The Timberwolves scored once in the top of the first inning, twice in the second and twice in the third, and freshman Jacy Boles pitched another big game with a three-hitter.

Woodcreek’s eight-hit attack, including two each by Amber Budmark, Christal Vierra and Frankie Orlando, packed more punch because of two sacrifices each by Curtan and Nicole Miller and one apiece by Vierra and Amanda Horbasch. The Timberwolves were hit by two pitches, reached twice by error, drew a walk and limited their strikeouts to two.

“We put a lot of pressure on them and ran the bases hard,” Banks said.

Pitching with a lead the whole way, Boles walked five, but the middle infield of sophomore second baseman Jessica Nogosek and freshman shortstop Kayla Curtan handled several chances to help shut down Rocklin threats.

Boles caught a soft liner off the bat of Sam Moffat for the last out with the bases loaded.

Orlando caught Boles and called her game. It was Boles’ changeup and screw ball that worked Wednesday. The screw ball, Orlando said, breaks in on the hands of right-handed hitters.

“We got a lot of outs with that,” Orlando said.

Valley Christian 15, Forest Lake Christian 0 — Katie Urban struck out seven, and Grace Magni went 3 for 4 with a triple and a double to lead the Lady Lions (4-2) over the Falcons. Cassidy Bowen had two hits for Valley Christian.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.