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PREP BASEBALL

Rocklin shut out by Woodcreek to knot SFL standings

Third loss in four games
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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With the Sierra Foothill League becoming a three-team race, the Rocklin High varsity baseball team suffered a critical 9-0 shutout at the hands of visiting Woodcreek Thursday.

The loss bounced Rocklin from sole possession atop the SFL standings, as Woodcreek and Granite Bay joined the Thunder with similar 8-3 records.

Timberwolves' starter Tyler Milani commanded the mound. He allowed five Rocklin hits and struck out six batters.

The Thunder offense struggled against the hard-throwing righty. The boys in blue began the game 0-for-7 and finished it with a similar 0-for-7 slump.

A string of singles by Nick Adams, Andrew Goythentche, Griffin Harrell, Logan Webb, and Sam Curtis gave the Thunder a chance throughout the game, but none were able to cross the plate.

Woodcreek's offense put four runs on the board at the end of the first inning and eventually chased Rocklin starter Ryan Smith in the third inning.

In relief of Smith, Kevin Bevilaqua put together a string of well-pitched innings to give Rocklin a chance to mount a comeback.

After two-straight losses to the Timberwolves, the Thunder wraps up the series at Woodcreek Saturday, 2 p.m. A Rocklin loss would drop them into second place in the SFL standings.

The other SFL title contender, Granite Bay (8-3), opens a three-game series against Rocklin on May 6 at Thunder Stadium.

SFL – Rocklin 8-3, Woodcreek 8-3, Granite Bay 8-3, Nevada Union 3-7, Del Oro 3-8, Roseville 2-8.

Schedule – May 6, Granite Bay at Rocklin, Nevada Union at Woodcreek, Del Oro at Roseville; all to begin a three-game series, the final in league.

WOODCREEK 9, ROCKLIN 0

Timberwolves      403 000 2 – 9

Thunder               000 000 0 – 0

Read the full story of Rocklin SFL-title run in the May 9 publication of the Placer Herald.