Woodcreek JV stays unbeaten, wins Montes/SureWest crown
This is the first year in awhile Rob Forster can recall no player movement within the Woodcreek High School baseball program.
No underclassmen have been promoted to the varsity squad, and no freshmen have moved up to the JV team.
“It’s a very special group of kids,” Forster said Thursday following his unbeaten Timberwolves’ 9-1 thumping of Roseville in the championship game of the JV portion of the Gina Montes/SureWest Easter Invitational.
Forster has an outstanding pitching staff that played true to form Thursday, as starter Hank Pankratz pitched five innings and Josh Smith the last two in combining on a two-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
“Our pitching has been outstanding,” Forster said. “We’ve really shut people down.”
The lineup is strong from one through nine. In completing a five-game run to the title, the Timberwolves (11-0) scored five runs in the third inning and four in the sixth.
Because Woodcreek’s 10-1 varsity squad is so loaded with depth, sophomores like the sizeable Carson Farnworth can stay at their level.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder spent the first part of spring break in Hawaii and returned in time to get one at-bat in the championship game. Farnworth turned on a pitch and hit a two-run homer off the new scoreboard — just five days old — in right field on the varsity diamond.
Granite Bay wins freshman tournament
Granite Bay’s freshmen posted two shutouts among four victories in winning the Del Campo tournament. The Grizzlies defeated Oakmont 8-0, Nevada Union 9-5, Rio Americano 10-0 and Roseville 8-2 in the title game.
Kevin Baranowski and Evan Darragh each had an RBI double in the final, and Ryan Brown pitched a complete game.