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PREP SOFTBALL

Rocklin starts off softball season with win over Pleasant Grove

Lewis’ blast starts rally
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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With a 3-2 win over visiting Pleasant Grove last week, the Rocklin varsity softball team opened up their season with an exceptional pitching performance by Maddie Wuelfing and Kendall Chambers.

Rocklin’s pitching duo combined for 11 strikeouts and held the Eagles to five hits while the Thunder offense backed up their staff with key hits down the stretch.

Wuelfing exemplified the bend-but-don’t-break philosophy. The junior pitcher allowed six walks and multiple threats throughout her four innings of work.

But just as the Eagles seemed on the verge of scoring, Rocklin’s ace was at her best. With runners in scoring position, Wuelfing collected three strikeouts and held the Eagles to a 0-for-5 performance at the plate.

“It was my first time out there, so I was a bit nervous at the start,” said Wuelfing. “But once I got out there I just relaxed.”

Chambers, who entered the game in the fifth inning, struck out four of the next five batters and steadied multiple threats late in the game.

With the score 3-1 in the seventh, Chambers allowed a lead-off triple and subsequent walk to start the inning. With a threat looming, Chambers next eight pitches resulted in two swinging strikeouts.

After a wild pitch cut Rocklin’s lead to one, Chambers next pitch found its way into the shortstops mitt for a routine out and victory.

With runs coming at a premium, it was Cali Lewis’ and Halle Williams’ hits that ultimately made the difference. Lewis broke up a scoreless tie in the fourth inning taking a 1-2 count to straight-away center field for a solo home run.

Coming in as a pinch hitter an inning later, Williams stepped up with Winona Vigil and Jaclyn Amader in position to break a 1-1 tie.

After three pitches, Williams was down 0-2 and in danger of missing a golden opportunity. On the next pitch, Williams hit a line drive deep into right field to score her teammates and the winning run.

“I thought we looked really strong. Our passion and energy was there,” said head coach Marissa Hardy. “We had contributions from freshman to senior. It was a great start to the season.”

ROCKLIN 3, PLEASANT GROVE 2

Eagles             000 010 0 – 2 5 1

Thunder         000 120 x – 3 6 3