Rocklin shakes off Woodcreek loss to hammer Granite Bay

Thunder rallies for 17 runs
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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After suffering an 8-3 loss to Woodcreek April 17, the Rocklin High softball team took it out on Granite Bay to the tune of 17-7 the following Friday.

Halle Williams took one deep for a home run and added two other hits to drive in four of the Thunder runs. Jillian Lerner also had four runs batted in with two hits and Mallory Asaro chalked up three RBI with a triple.

We talked about playing together as a team and leaning … on the team as a whole,” Thunder head coach Marissa Hardy said following the Woodcreek game. “We’re still in the hunt for league and we’re still excited and we’re going to push.”

And push Rocklin did collecting 14 hits and 16 RBI in all just a game later.

Kendall Chambers came back after her loss to the Timberwolves to pitch three innings against the Grizzlies and Maddie Wuelfing pitched three innings. Freshman Carli Cutler also pitched an inning.

In the Woodcreek game, the Timberwolves used their speed to capitalize on some Rocklin mistakes to earn an 8-3 decision and move into first place in the Sierra Foothill League.

Rocklin stranded six runners on base in the contest and just couldn’t seem to get its offense going. Woodcreek head coach Art Banks said his team’s speed helped make the difference in the ballgame.

“Well, we have a little bit of speed and there’s no substitute for speed,” Banks said. “And when you put a lot of pressure on people, sometimes you can make them make mistakes.”

Rocklin’s Jaclyn Amader had two hits in the game and drove in two of Rocklin’s runs. Wuelfing had the Thunder’s only other hit. Amader, Wuelfing and Cutler scored for the home club.

Chambers had two strikeouts as did Woodcreek’s Jacy Boles.

“Our focus, as a whole, wasn’t quite there today,” Hardy said of the Woodcreek loss. “There are many things we could have done differently, we could have fielded the ball cleanly, we could have hit but bottom line we could have focused better and brought more attention to the game.”

That attention was certainly there in Granite Bay.

SFL – Woodcreek 9-1, Rocklin 8-2, Roseville 7-3, Del Oro 4-6, Granite Bay 2-8, Nevada Union 0-10.

Schedule – at Nevada Union April 24, at Del Oro April 26, vs. Whitney (non-league) at Kathy Lund Park April 27, 7:15 p.m.