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Woodcreek softball hammers Del Campo, advances to Division II final

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The moment Paige Davis was hit by the first pitch of the game, it felt like a Woodcreek win.

And it was, as the Timberwolves stomped Del Campo 8-4 on Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II softball championship game. Seven of Woodcreek?s nine batters scored a run, as the Timberwolves earned a spot in the final at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Woodcreek was waiting for the survivor between Del Campo, Christian Brothers and Casa Roble.

?Our approach was go out there and swing hard,? Woodcreek coach Art Banks said. ?Hit the ball and put it in play. The bats worked well, they scored some runs and ran the bases extremely aggressive. It wasn?t our prettiest game, but it was a win against a quality team.?

Woodcreek scored three runs in the first inning on a two-run error off the bat of Christal Vierra and an RBI single by Frankie Orlando.

Del Campo?s defense played hot potato in the third, putting two Woodcreek runners on with two outs. Lexi Wilkerson cleaned up with a two-run single. Another Del Campo error put her on third, and she scored on a wild pitch.

In the circle, Woodcreek received a gutty performance from Amanda Horbasch, who walked two and struck out seven against Del Campo?s talented lineup.

In the fourth, Horbasch tweaked her ankle running out a single, and it looked like her day might be done. But Horbasch asserted to Banks her desire to stay in the game, and she pitched a complete game.

?She had a gutty performance,? Banks said. ?She didn?t want to get out of there; she wanted to hang in there. And I just love her to death ? She was tougher than nails. Great performance.?

Wilkerson was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Davis had two sacrifice bunts, one of which led to a run, and scored a run.

With Woodcreek?s berth in the final secure, Banks said he was going to ?relax and watch the game, take some notes.?