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Rocklin baseball advances in playoffs with two shutouts

McVey, Dick blank opponents
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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FAIR OAKS _ The Rocklin High baseball team is on a roll but the competition in the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs only gets tougher from here on in. The Thunder caught Woodcreek on a bad day Saturday and cruised past the Timberwolves 9-0. Although it was a convincing win, Rocklin head coach Roc Murray wasn?t counting his series with the Roseville club as a foregone conclusion. ?In the (Woodcreek) game we pitched well, we played good defense and we ran the bases very well,? said Murray before game three. ?But we didn?t swing the bat very well. We did not hit the ball very well? Murray said the Timberwolves pitching wasn?t up to the task. He said his players got on base by being hit by pitches and drawing a number of bases on balls. ?They handled themselves,? Murray said of the first Woodcreek game. ?(Woodcreek) made a lot of mistakes; they did a lot of things uncharacteristic of them. That won?t happen again. I guaranteed (my) guys that will not happen again.? He said Rosemont made things difficult by going up by two strikes on each batter requiring the batter to try and protect the plate. Still, the Thunder came up with five hits against Rosemont?s Wolverines giving the club just enough breathing room to gain the victory. An outstanding pitching job by Tanner McVey helped as well. Jake Faulkner scored Rocklin?s only run on an RBI by Christian Bennett. Bennett has raised his batting average to .349 with 20 RBI in all. He?s recorded 12 hits in the seven previous games before the Woodcreek win. Still, Murray is concerned his team is yet to become effective hitters. He said the club isn?t bunting well and isn?t consistent when a base hit is needed. Murray said hitting effectively is a lot like reading well. One can?t pinpoint exactly when they began reading but from that point on it became second nature. ?If we can shore up that aspect of our game (hitting) we?ve got a chance to do this thing, to go the entire way,? Murray said of Rocklin?s chances of winning the section championship. ?If we don?t, it?s going to make it very difficult on us.? Murray used pitcher Austin Dick as an example of how the hard work pays off. He said Dick has made some changes and is no longer the pitcher he was two to three weeks ago. Murray said he sets a goal for his team to be at its best when the season ends. He said that last day hasn?t come yet. ?Our goal to be the best team we can be on the last day of the season,? Murray said, ?and it is the same goal that we started with.? If the Thunder can beat Woodcreek a second time they will advance to the championship series against Granite Bay to begin May 28 at Sacramento City College. A loss to the Timberwolves would mean a third and deciding game against the T?wolves at ARC. Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs 2012 Division II Baseball American River College Game 2 ? Rocklin 9, Woodcreek 0 R H E Thunder 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 ? 0 6 1 Timberwolves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? 0 5 1 Game 1 ? Rocklin 1, Rosemont 0 R H E Wolverines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? 0 2 0 Thunder 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ? 1 5 2 Player ab r h bi Cisneros 3 0 0 0 Curtis 2 0 0 0 Raymond 2 0 0 0 Reidt 2 0 0 0 Durgarian 3 0 0 0 Spainhour 3 0 1 0 Faulkner 2 1 1 0 O?Keefe 2 0 1 0 Bennett 3 0 2 0 Totals 22 1 5 1 2B ? Spainhour, Faulkner; 3B ? Bennett Pitching IP H R ER BB K McVey 7 2 0 0 1 11