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Sections slip away from Thunder with double loss to Woodcreek

Seniors close out careers
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School earned a spot in its first Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball championship game in more than a decade after beating Rocklin 5-0 and 4-3 May 22 at American River College. Woodcreek defeated Granite Bay 9-2 for the championship. The Thunder, winner of three Division II championships in five years, couldn?t match Timberwolves? pitcher Stephen Nogosek. The junior right-hander threw a two-hitter in the first game and struck out the final hitter in the deciding game. ?(Nogosek) did a nice job,? Rocklin head coach Roc Murray said of Woodcreek?s ace. ?We didn?t do a good job offensively.? Rocklin?s five errors cost it the first game. The Thunder?s last chance was with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two. The Thunder closed a three-run gap to 4-3 when Taylour Reidt delivered a two-run double in the seventh. That?s when Woodcreek head coach Eric Valencia decided to go back to Nogosek. ?I was yelling at my coach to put me in,? Nogosek said. After Nogosek?s adrenaline fueled a 3-0 count, he settled down to throw three-straight strikes for the final out. Murray was proud of his team for the way they handled the loss. He recognized it was the end of a great run for his seniors and disappointment for his younger players after a year?s worth of work. ?The kids work hard, they have to. They?re willing to do what they have to do,? said Murray following the series loss. ?The kids didn?t go crazy and I?m proud of them for not going crazy.? Murray thanked his seniors for what they provided for their underclassmen and the responsibility they carried that will fall on the shoulders of those players coming back. He said they will start again this summer playing in several tournaments and in preparing for the 2013 season. Murray told his team the game of baseball wasn?t just about winning and losing but also learning lessons they?ll carry with them through life. ?Things end and a new thing starts,? he said. ?There?s finality you?re going to have all of your life then there?s a rebirth of something new.? Additional reporting by Brett Ransford/Gold Country News Service Rocklin High School Thunder Baseball 2012 Team Stats HITTING (15 or more games played) Player GP BA R H BI 2B 3B HR Slug Stevin Cisneros, Sr 30 .244 24 22 15 2 1 0 .289 Sam Curtis, So 24 .274 9 17 6 2 0 0 .306 Joey Raymond , Jr 20 .255 7 12 14 3 0 1 .383 Taylour Reidt, Jr 27 .362 15 25 16 7 0 1 .507 Bret Fessenden, Sr 25 .170 9 8 4 1 0 0 .191 Evan Durgarian, Jr 29 .329 17 27 20 8 2 0 .476 Austin Spainhour, Sr 30 .305 17 29 14 4 0 0 .347 Tanner McVey, Sr 29 .203 10 13 10 3 0 0 .250 Patrick O?Keefe, Sr 29 .266 15 21 11 5 0 0 .329 Christian Bennett, Jr 29 .352 24 32 22 8 3 1 .538 Team Totals 30 .274 162 219 143 45 6 3 .375 PITCHING (25 or more innings pitched) Player ERA IP R H 2B 3B HR BB K Austin Dick, Jr 2.53 55 1/3 24 58 1 0 0 13 25 Ryan Smith, So 2.37 44 1/3 19 34 1 0 0 17 18 Tanner McVey, Sr 2.19 54 1/3 20 46 4 0 6 17 41 Team Totals 2.61 204 96 188 6 0 8 81 122