Woodcreek starts busy week with shutout in softball

Timberwolves will play four SFL games in four days
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School hadn’t been on a softball field in a week before opening Sierra Foothill League play Monday at Granite Bay. This week, the Timberwolves won’t leave the field — weather permitting.

The Timberwolves defeated the Grizzlies 3-0 in their first of four games in four days, as junior Amanda Horbasch pitched a three-hitter.

“I don’t mind it. We need to play,” Woodcreek coach Art Banks said of the busy schedule, which was juggled into its current state because of rainouts last week.

Woodcreek plays at Rocklin on Tuesday. The Timberwolves play host to Roseville on Wednesday and Nevada Union on Thursday at Mahany Park.

The Timberwolves (8-0 overall, 1-0 SFL) had just three hits against Granite Bay pitchers Kady Poulos and Chasteena Determan, and they didn’t have any when they scored two runs in the top of the first inning.

Paige Davis drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a missed squeeze bunt. Davis was retreating to third when the throw ricocheted off her helmet. Cleanup hitter Frankie Orlando reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a dropped popup in the infield with two outs.

“We just run the bases aggressively and make them make mistakes,” Banks said.

Woodcreek took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Lexi Wilkerson reached on a dropped fly ball in the outfield and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jenna Curtan.

Horbasch allowed three Granite Bay (4-1, 0-1) hitters to reach second. She walked one and struck out at least one in each inning on her way to nine total.

Orlando threw out one runner trying to steal second, and second baseman Christal Vierra made a nice backhand play and threw out another runner.

“We did what we had to do,” Banks said. “We prevented them from scoring, and you can’t win when you can’t score. Granite Bay is no slouch. They swing the bats hard. Amanda was right on task.”