Chrisman’s grand slam catapults Rocklin over Granite Bay
The Rocklin High softball team pulled off a stunning home win over Granite Bay last week, as Delanie Chrisman’s walk-off, grand slam home run kept the Thunder (5-0) perfect in Sierra Foothill League play.
For six innings, Granite Bay starter Caitlyn McDuffee kept the Thunder to just two hits and one run scored.
In the seventh inning, freshman Carli Cutler hit a one-out double to keep Rocklin’s slim chances alive. An ensuing fly out made those chances even slimmer as the Lady Thunder headed into the bottom of their lineup.
After going a combined 0-for-4 against the Grizzly’s starter, both Halle Williams and Dylan Linton took advantage of off-target pitches and each drew a base on balls.
Chrisman, who entered the game an inning earlier as a pinch hitter, came to the plate with the game on the line and bases loaded.
Taking a first-pitch strike, Chrisman prepared for the 0-1 offering and delivered a walk-off grand slam to right-center field.
“I knew after she threw that first pitch, she was going to pitch another strike,” said Chrisman after the game. “So I just wanted to be collected and stay even through the ball.”
The game’s finale produced an offensive burst that had been missing throughout the game. Both starting pitchers had kept base runners to a minimum.
Rocklin starter Maddie Wuelfing pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings. She collected five strikeouts and allowed two earned runs.
Wuelfing played with a lead for most of the game, thanks to Alanna Rainer’s run-scoring double in the second inning to drive home Cutler. With runners in scoring position, Wuelfing seemed at her best by holding Granite Bay to 2-of-8 in such situations.
The Grizzlies eventually got to Wuelfing in the sixth inning. Kendall Chambers came on in relief and allowed nothing better than a single for the remainder of the game.
Both Chambers and Wuelfing allowed no extra-base hits.
With Rocklin on top of the SFL standings, head coach Melissa Hardy spoke about the benefits of competing in closely-contested games.
“I think it was a bit of a reality check,” said Hardy of the game. “We’ve been doing well, hitting well and I think this allowed us to step back and analyze some things a little deeper in ourselves. It was a reality check going into the rest of league and a little too close for comfort.”
ROCKLIN 5, GRANITE BAY 3
Grizzlies 000 003 0 – 3
Thunder 010 000 4 – 5
RHS – Chrisman 1-1, 4bi, Rainer 1-3, 1bi, Cutler 1-2, 2r, Williams 0-2, 1r, Linton 0-2, 1r.