Thunder claims SFL baseball title

By: Staff report
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What a difference a week has made for Rocklin High School’s baseball team, which swept three games against Granite Bay last week to vault to the top of the Sierra Foothill League standings.

The Thunder is not alone after Tuesday’s 5-4 loss at Nevada Union, however. Roseville joined Rocklin in first place with a 13-8 win at Granite Bay. The tie barely lasted 24 hours.

Rocklin beat Nevada Union 7-3 on Wednesday and won the SFL title when Roseville lost to Granite Bay.


The Capital Athletic League race also came down to the wire. Whitney senior Cody Cesna tossed a one-hitter Tuesday as the Wildcats moved into a tie for second place with a 1-0 win over Antelope.

Whitney beat Antelope again Wednesday to clinch at second place.

The SFL will have three teams in the Division II tournament. The openers for all three will be May 19 at Sacramento City College.

In the Division III playoffs, the CAL champion will play Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento. The second- and third-place teams will play Monday with the second-place team hosting and the third traveling.




Whitney’s boys finished 14-0 in the CAL and will host Union Mine today at 7 p.m. The Wildcats finished their perfect league run last week with four-game victories over Antelope and Bear River.

Rocklin is the SFL’s top seed after sharing the title with Granite Bay at 9-1. The Thunder is the top seed because it won a game at Granite Bay on May 3 and swept the Grizzles at home April 7.

The Thunder will host Ponderosa, which defeated Grant on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. today.

Seniors Grant Currey of Rocklin and Kyle Russell of Del Oro were named co-MVPs of the SFL. Senior Grant Wilson and junior Matt Laughrea were the Thunder’s two first-team selections.

Rocklin seniors Christian Mata and Konnor Elvick, and junior Kyle Loria were honorable- mention selections.




Rocklin won the SFL at 7-1-2 and will host its Division II playoff opener Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Thunder will face the winner of today’s match between Oakmont and Rosemont.

Paul Morrison’s team finished the SFL season May 4 with a 6-0 victory over Nevada Union.  Junior Emily Huska and sophomore Mikayla Clifford each had two goals. Senior Rebekah Anderson and sophomore Michelle Tran also scored.

Whitney finished third in the CAL at 6-3-1 and will visit Bear River today for its Division III playoff opener. 



Sophomore Taylor Cotton tossed a two-hitter Monday as Whitney beat Antelope 1-0 to finish 10-0 in the CAL. The Wildcats’ Division III opener will be May 20 at Sacramento Softball Complex.

Sophomore Kayli Shaw doubled, tripled and scored the only run Cotton needed against the Titans.




Rocklin will have four swimmers and Whitney will be represented by three at the section Masters meet, which begins today at Tokay High in Lodi with the girls trials.

The boys trials are on Friday, and the finals are on Saturday. The competition begins each day at 10 a.m.

Competing for the Thunder will be Christian Holm in the 100-yard backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay team of Holm, Eli Byron, Austin Diele and Jeffrey Seyfried.

The Wildcats will have Colleen Daley in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Loree Olson in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, and Haley Barker in the 50 freestyle.


Track and field

The best runners, throwers, jumpers and hurdlers in the CAL and SFL will be determined Friday when the leagues hold their finals.

The Wildcats will compete in the CAL finals at Cordova High. The Thunder will travel to Nevada Union for the SFL finals.

CAL and SFL teams will collide Wednesday at the Division II-III trials at Bella Vista High.