Rocklin High spring sports

Thunder review
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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BASEBALL The Rocklin High School varsity boys baseball team (5-6 overall) was scheduled to begin Sierra Foothill League-play on Tuesday, weather permitting. The Thunder’s upcoming games include a home game against Del Oro (2-9 overall) on Friday, a road game at Roseville (3-8 overall) on Monday and they face Roseville again on Wednesday (April 18), but this time at home. Sophomore infielder Sam Curtis has the highest batting percentage for Rocklin. In nine games Curtis is batting .364. Senior Stevin Cisneros is the team’s leader with eight runs, senior Austin Spainhour has recorded nine hits and junior Evan Durgarian leads Rocklin with eight runs batted in. Senior Bret Fessenden has been great on the base paths this season. Fessenden has four steal. Junior Austin Dick (16 2/3 innings pitched), senior Tanner McVey (17 1/3 IP) and sophomore Ryan Smith (15 1/3 IP) have been the key to Rocklin’s defense so far this season. Smith has the lowest earned run average of the three (1.37) McVey has recorded 14 strikeouts. Nearing a .500 record so far, Rocklin can still have a great season once SFL-play is in full swing. SOCCER The Rocklin High School varsity girls soccer team had an impressive non-conference schedule, but has yet to earn a victory in the SFL, going 0-0-3. The Thunder is currently 9-2-3 with games against Nevada Union (0-3-0 SFL, 1-5-1) at home on Friday and at Del Oro (1-0-2 SFL, 4-0-3) on Wednesday (April 18). SOFTBALL After starting the season 3-1-1 the Rocklin High School varsity softball team has hit a bit of a speed bump. The Thunder (1-4 fifth SFL, 5-8-1) has a big week coming up. Rocklin plays at Woodcreek (4-1, 13-1) today (Thursday), they host Granite Bay (3-2, 7-4l) on Tuesday, they have another home game on Wednesday in a non-conference game against Rio Linda (0-1 league, 4-5-1) and they travel to Nevada Union (0-4, 1-11-1) on April 19. Junior Jillian Lerner has the team’s highest batting average. In nine games she is batting .407. The offense has been spread around pretty evenly as freshman Adrianna Harvey, senior Sierra Ueltzen and sophomore Maddie Wuelfing all have scored seven runs for Rocklin. Senior Erin Davis has the most hits (12) and sophomore Delanie Chrisman has knocked in four RBIs. Ueltzen (23 innings pitched), Wuelfing (22 1/3 IP) and Kendall Chambers (29 1/3 IP) have been the leaders of the pitching staff. Wuelfing’s 3.76 earned run average is the lowest on the staff, Chambers has recorded 29 strikeouts and Ueltzen has only walked eight batters in 2012. Rocklin has some work to do if they are going to catch up in the SFL, but there is still time to make a run. TRACK AND FIELD The Rocklin High School varsity track and field team had a great outing at the Bob King – Don Gilbert Invitational in Granite Bay on Tuesday. The varsity boys team (50 points) won its meet, just ahead of the host school Granite Bay High School (48 points) and Stagg High School (42 points). The varsity girls team placed third (45 points), behind Oak Ridge (84 points) and Monterey Trail (91 points). Seniors Marvin Gardner (11.79a) and Baylor Hogan (13.64a) both finished fifth in their respective 100-meter races.