Rocklin prepares for the Sac-Joaquin Playoffs

Volleyball, baseball are in
By: Staff Report
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The Rocklin Thunder had a good spring sports season but life in the Sierra Foothill League isn?t easy. The baseball team made the playoffs along with the boys volleyball team. The Thunder spikers advance as the No. 2 seed for the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. VOLLEYBALL At 7-1 in the SFL, Rocklin finished just two wins behind Granite Bay, 9-1. The Grizzlies drew a bye in the first round while Rocklin will host Jesuit. The Marauders had a 13-13 overall record and finished behind Ponderosa. The Bruins had a record of 19-8 and were 7-1 in league. However, Jesuit did defeat Pondo 3-2 in their last match. The Thunder beat the Marauders earlier in the year, but dropped a 3-2 decision to Jesuit last week. Rocklin is the defending section champs and were runners up to Granite Bay the previous year. The Thunder ended the season with three wins, one a 3-1 triumph over Granite Bay handing their first league loss. BASEBALL Rocklin?s two-game victory over Nevada Union by a margin of 17 runs locked up a spot in the playoffs. However, Woodcreek continued its chase for third place by twice knocking off Del Oro. The playoffs are at American River College beginning May 18. If the Thunder go in as No. 2 they play Rosemont at 4 p.m.; if they are the No. 3 seed they play Bella Vista at 7. SOCCER Perhaps the biggest disappointed this season was the Rocklin girls soccer team missing the postseason by having to face the competition in the SFL. Del Oro went undefeated for the No. 1 spot, but they were tied seven times, six in league. The Thunder held the Golden Eagles scoreless in the first meeting between the two teams but Del Oro prevailed in their final match up. Roseville ended up in the No. 4 position having one less tied game than Rocklin. Granite Bay claimed the third spot with two more wins than either the Tigers or Thunder. Rocklin graduates only two seniors this year from a roster of 18. SOFTBALL Rocklin softball did not return to the old form that won them a league title in 2008 at 10-2 in the SFL and 12-7 overall, but it was a far cry from the 3-19 season they had last year. The club was just a couple of wins shy of a .500 season and finished fourth in league. New head coach Marissa Hardy had just five seniors to work with this season. However, she got the most out of what she had. Junior Jullian Lerner hit with a .353 clip and sophomore Delanie Chrisman provided the power with three home runs and a triple to her credit. Chrisman had a .422 slugging average. Strongest in the circle was sophomore pitcher Maddie Wuelfing. Wuelfing had a 7-3 win-loss record and a 2.72 earned run average. Her junior counterpart Kendall Chambers had a 3.98 ERA and collected 45 Ks. Of the five pitchers Hardy used two were seniors. TRACK Rocklin?s track and field team will wrap up the SFL finals Friday at Nevada Union. The following have a good chance of advancing to sections. BOYS (SFL?s best time/distance in parenthesis) 200m ? 4. Marvin Gardner, 23.14 (22.79) 800m ? 3. Ryan Jones, 1:57.40 (1:56.91) 1600m ? 4.Ryan Jones, 4:26.46 (4:21.56) 3200m ? 5. George Miao, 9:49.32 (9:27.62) Relay, 4x100 ? 4. Rocklin, 44.22 (43.75) Relay, 4x400 ? 3. Rocklin, 3:27.07 (3:23.19) Shot Put ? 1. Chris VanLiew, 47-10 Discus ? 1. Chris VanLiew, 153-8; 4. Marcus Wilberger, 128-10 Pole Vault ? 1. Connor Besmer, 14-6; 3. Teddy Flanagan, 13-0 Long Jump ? 3. Connor Besmer, 20-8 ½ GIRLS 100m ? 2. Liesl Shirhall, 12.50 (12.15) 200m ? 2. Liesl Shirhall, 25.24 (24.81); 3. Lindsey Settle, 26.19; 4. Baylor Hogan, 26.56 400m ? Baylor Hogan, 59.62 (58.08); 4. Leah Carter, 60.13 Hurdles, 100m ? 2. Natalie Cartan, 16.33 (14.30); 4. Christina Dyok, 16.69 Hurdles 300m ? 5. Christina Dyok, 48.19 (44.54) Relay, 4x100 ? 1. Rocklin 49.51 Relay, 4x400 ? 1. Rocklin 4:06.25 High Jump ? 1. Leah Carter, 5-7 Long Jump ? 2. Natalie Cartan, 17-0 ¾ (17-7) Triple Jump ? 2. Christina Dyok, 33-1 ½ (36-7)