Woodcreek, Oakmont knock off section powers in softball

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Roseville high schools opened eyes in the softball community this week, when Woodcreek blew out Sheldon 7-1 and Oakmont shut out Pleasant Grove 4-0 on Wednesday.

Sheldon has won three of the last five Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships. Pleasant Grove won the title in 2009.

Woodcreek and Oakmont beat each handily.

The Timberwolves (6-0), ranked second in the state and 22nd nationally by, scored three runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and three in the seventh.

Jenna Curtan scored three runs and drove in one. Christal Vierra doubled and had three RBI. Vierra, Paige Davis and Taiya McInnes scored two runs each, and Nicole Miller had two RBI.

Woodcreek drew seven walks, and that was plenty of support for Amanda Horbasch, who allowed seven hits and two walks and struck out six.

Sheldon’s run was unearned, and it was the first allowed by the Timberwolves this season.

“We ran the bases really aggressively, sacrificed really well,” coach Art Banks said. “When we sacrifice and they make an error, we’re running from second to home. We took advantage of every little thing.”

At Oakmont, sophomore Savannah Loomis blanked Pleasant Grove on five hits. She didn’t allow a walk and struck out seven.

Loomis had two hits, and Tiara Turner doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Senior shortstop Marisa Andrade made two hard-hit shots look routine, according to first-year coach Rick Ramirez.

“We had tons of ground balls,” he said. “What I’ve been preaching, pushing, about hustling, it’s paid off.

“That’s a good start for the girls. The kids I have right now, they are giving me everything every day. We’re going six days a week. They’re showing up and their practicing.”