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PREP BASEBALL

Rocklin takes game three with 11-3 victory over Del Oro

Eagles struggle as Thunder rumbles
By: Jeremy McDonald/Placer Herald Sports
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Del Oro returned to Rocklin for the third game of their three-game series Thursday to determine which baseball team would emerge in sole possession of first place in the Sierra Foothill League standings.

The Thunder bats exploded in the third inning for six runs and then added another five runs in innings five and six to defeat the Golden Eagles 11-3. Rocklin’s 11 runs matched their highest total output so far this season.

“I thought Del Oro played well at their place,” said Rocklin head coach Roc Murray, as to the Loomis club’s 5-1 win Tuesday, “They’re a very good team, very difficult to deal with.”

Eagles’ starting pitcher Kyle Yamada struggled with his control Thursday, giving seven Rocklin batters a free pass to first base.

Del Oro rallied in the fourth inning, as Brenden Acosta and Yamada got on base to set up a two-run single by Brett Mack. The Thunder committed three errors in the inning allowing the Eagles to push across a third run to cut the lead to 6-3.

“Offensively we had good at-bats,” said Del Oro head coach Jeff Dietrich. “We got some juice behind them.”

But, as Dietrich also mentioned, they had some self-inflicted wounds that stuck with them throughout the game.

However, Rocklin came back to erase Del Oro’s gain with four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh. A.J. Sauer was 3-for-4 at the plate and the Thunder defense limited the Eagles’ last seven batters to just one hit.

ROCKLIN 11, DEL ORO 3

                                                         R  H  E  

Golden Eagles            0  0  0   3  0  0   1 – 11  8  3

Thunder                      0  0  6   0  0  4   1 –   3   8  2