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Rocklin baseball suffering from 1-run losses

Thunder play at Raley’s Field
By: Staff Report
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It has to be frustration for the Rocklin High baseball team having lost five of their first four games by one run. Ironically, that’s also the margin of victory in the game the Thunder won. Rocklin’s lone win so far this season came in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against Franklin. The Wildcats collected five hits in the contest, including two doubles by Joshua Pigg. However, the Thunder defense stiffened and wouldn’t allow the tying run to come across. Saturday, San Jose’s Leigh High School came calling and again stung the boys in blue with a one-run loss. Rocklin rallied in the late innings to tie the game, but the Longhorns picked one run in the top of the seventh to seal the victory. The same happened last Thursday in the Thunders’ match up with Davis at Raley’s Field. The game went into the sixth inning with Rocklin leading 6-1. But in the bottom of the sixth the Blue Devils scored five to tie the game, and then pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh for the victory. Earlier in the year Rocklin fell 7-6 at Elk Grove after a 1-0 season-opening loss to St. Mary’s in Stockton. Against the Thundering Herd Evan Durgarian and Austin Spainhour both went 2-for-4 and each scored a run. Spainhour also doubled, as did Bret Fressenden and Patrick McVey. Fressenden also stole a base in the contest, and Rocklin stranded only one runner. Thunder head coach Roc Murray sent five pitchers to the mound. Austin Dick and Jack Witter pitched two innings apiece. Witter had the best numbers giving up only one hit and no runs. He struck out one and walked two. St. Mary’s picked up a run in the second inning and it held up for the win. Rocklin had three hits in the contest coming from Spainhour, McVey and Jake Faulkner. McVey’s shot was a double but the club couldn’t get him home. However, the Thunder played error-free ball and got some solid pitching from starter McVey and reliever Dick. McVey gave up only four hits in five innings and Dick allowed only one hit. McVey also had four strikeouts and two base-on-balls. Rocklin was to host Ponderosa on a rainy Tuesday and then head out on an extended road trip beginning in Valencia for a game against West Ranch, Saturday. Sierra Foothill League play is scheduled to begin April 10 hosting Del Oro. The Golden Eagles are also off to a slow start standing at 1-5. Rocklin High School Baseball Davis 7, Rocklin 6, March 22 R H E Thunder 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 – 6 5 2 Blue Devils 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 – 7 10 3 Leigh 6, Rocklin 5, March 24 R H E Longhorns 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 – 6 8 1 Thunder 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 – 5 6 2