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One Roseville team standing three days into Nationals

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The ASA 14u Class ‘A’ Western Nationals girls fastpitch softball tournament was late into its third day before the 98-team field began shrinking. And shrink it did.

By press time Friday, only the Thunder remained out of three Roseville teams.
The California Rapids, featuring several players from Roseville and Granite Bay, were eliminated Thursday night with an 11-4 loss to the Rocklin Hype at Foskett Park in Lincoln.

The Roseville Heat lost its opener to the CC Dirtdogs 7-6 in nine innings Wednesday and fell to the SoCal Renegades 11-3 in five innings Friday morning at Mahany Park.

Their time was short, the results not what they hoped for, but Rapids coach Ken McKinney came away with a rewarding experience for his team.

“This is a great group of girls, and when they play, they play,” he said. “They grew as individuals. It’s a beautiful stage for kids to grow. This is the type of thing this community needs.”

Carly Pryor, on her way to Roseville High School, singled in two runs in the bottom of the first inning to help the Rapids answer the Hype’s four-run start, but it wasn’t enough to save the Rapids, who lost their double-elimination opener to the Renegades 10-6.

Halle Williams, Hailey Smith, Justina Thompson and Rachael Dal Porto each scored two runs for the Hype, which totaled 15 hits. Jaimie Whitefoot went 4 for 5 for Rocklin, and Alexis Brown went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. Williams and Kelsey Pipkens had two hits each.

Hanging around Friday was the Thunder, which defeated the Oregon Fever 5-3 on Wednesday at Mahany Park and rebounded from a 9-0 loss to All American Sports Academy of Tracy on Thursday morning with a 3-2 squeaker over South Bay Stars Blue late Thursday night at Maidu Park.

The Thunder jumped on Oregon immediately when Ally Wubben tripled on the first pitch. Emily Mark followed with her first of two RBI doubles.

Oregon tied the score in the fourth, but the Thunder avoided further damage when Wubben, playing shortstop, made a big catch in short left field with the bases loaded.

The Thunder made other big plays. Marissa Warren tagged up at second on Brittani Whitten’s fly ball to right field and scored on a bad throw to give the Thunder a 5-2 lead.

The Thunder finished the Fever when pitcher Riley Adams chased down and tagged a base runner between third and home in a pickle. The runner flirted with scoring on a passed ball, but Thunder catcher Kendall Henry retrieved the ball and caught the runner in the pickle when she threw back to third baseman Deanna Nardi.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday’s games: Winners’ and losers’ bracket games from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Maidu Park in Roseville and Foskett Park in Lincoln.
Sunday’s games: Winners’ and losers’ bracket games starting at 9 a.m. at Maidu Park. Championship game at 3 p.m.