A patient Rocklin club opens up in the sixth for 9-2 win

Victory over Granite Bay seals league pennant
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Rocklin High softball team claimed the Sierra Foothill League pennant with a 9-2 victory over visiting Granite Bay Wednesday.

Like a cat waiting to pounce, the Thunder waited patiently for an opening and then took full advantage of it.

After battling run-for-run for five innings, Rocklin held a 3-2 lead. In the top half of the sixth inning, senior pitcher Kendall Chambers held the Grizzlies scoreless and opened the door for  Rocklin to make its move.

Leadoff batter Winona Vigil was hit by a pitch and Delanie Chrisman followed with a walk. Then, on a crucial overthrow at first base, Jillian Lerner made it to second base while Vigil scored. Cali Lewis then loaded the bases with a base hit.

Granite Bay went back to pitcher Caitlyn McDuffee after relieving her in the fifth inning but the junior couldn’t stem the Thunder storm.

Sam Moffat brought home a run with a single and Mallory Asaro did the same. Alana Rainer sacrificed home a run and Maddie Wuelfing brought in the final run with a single before being called out trying to stretch the play to second base; when the dust cleared, Thunder 9, Granite Bay 2.

McKenzie Fairbanks opened with a base hit in the seventh inning but from there Chambers and Co. went to work and quickly retired the Grizzlies.

Chambers said her confidence was up after a slow start to the season. The Thunder will open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs with a bye and then take on the winner of the Buhach Colony vs. Modesto game. Rocklin is scheduled to play at the Sacramento Softball Complex May 18, 11 a.m.

Rocklin second-year head coach Marissa Hardy complimented her team as to their maturity, patience and confidence. She said the Thunder players are willing to wait until their opponent gives them an opening no matter how late in the game that opportunity comes.

The victory put Rocklin at 13-2 in league with Woodcreek second with a record of 11-3. The Thunder are 23-3 overall.

_Read more on the Rocklin SFL title win and their march into the 2013 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.