Thunder, Wildcats have a postseason ball

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Staff report There is no secret to success in the Sac-Joaquin Section baseball and softball playoffs. In order for teams to win, they have to score. No squad has ever won without scoring at least one run. Scoring should not be a problem for Rocklin High School’s baseball team and Whitney’s softball squad. The two teams put their bats to good use in winning their respective league championships. Whitney’s baseball team, meanwhile, needed to score just twice Monday to defeat Vallejo in the first round of the Division III playoffs. Sophomore Josh Robinson shut out the Apaches in tossing a three-hitter. The Wildcats were to play Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento, but the game against Yuba was postponed to Friday so the fields could have time to recover from the rain. Rocklin will enter the Division II baseball playoffs today at 4 p.m. when it faces Bella Vista at Sacramento City College. Bella Vista advanced by beating Sacramento 10-2 on Monday. The Thunder (17-9) will have ample offensive firepower with seniors Trevor McVey (.420, 26 RBI), Austin Diemer (.415, 18 RBI, 25 steals), Ty Kennedy (.403) and Chris Streeter (.375, 23 RBI). Coach Roc Murray would much rather talk about his pitchers than his hitters. Rocklin was the stingiest team in the Sierra Foothill League on its way to winning the title, allowing 88 runs in 15 games. Roseville had the second-lowest total at 128. Junior Tanner McVey, Trevor’s brother, will take his 1.82 ERA to the mound for Rocklin today. Senior Brian Hosang’s ERA is 0.57, and junior Austin Dick follows Tanner McVey at 1.97. “Our pitching was the difference-maker,” Murray said. Whitney’s softball team has three players batting .400 or higher in senior Alyssa Schmidt (.505, four home runs, 55 RBI), sophomore Taylor Cotton (.421) and junior Darian Harris (.402, 31 RBI). April Steele’s team scored 201 runs in going 10-0 in the Capital Athletic League. Cordova finished in second place and was also second in runs with 146. The Wildcats (22-5) will play the winner of Wednesday’s Division III game between Bear River and Benicia at 6 p.m. Friday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, which is located at 3450 Springview Drive. Girls soccer Savannah Coiner took care of the scoring for Rocklin’s girls soccer team in its Division II opener Tuesday. The Clemson-bound senior scored twice in the second half of a 2-0 victory over Oakmont. The Thunder (16-3-2) will host Kennedy, which beat Christian Brothers, 1-0, in a battle of league champions today. Rocklin won the SFL, and Kennedy finished first in the Metro race. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., but Rocklin was attempting to move it to 7 p.m. as of press time. Whitney (14-7-3) advanced to the Division III semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Natomas on Tuesday. Freshman Aliyah Utush scored two goals. Seniors Marisa Sievers and Morgan Edwards each added one. The Wildcats will travel to Benicia for a 3:30 p.m. match today. The game time could change, however, if the teams agree to play later. For updates, go to Edwards’ overtime goal lifted the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory over Bear River in the first round last Thursday. Senior Emily James and freshman Mikayla English also scored. Track and field Rocklin’s boys track team won the SFL title for the third consecutive year behind victories by Cody Fikes (800 and 1,600), Michael Bullard (100), Andre Jones (300 hurdles), Taylor Ashby (200) and Justin Ellerbee (pole vault). The Thunder placed second in the girls competition as Leah Carter won the high jump. Whitney’s boys track team won the CAL championship behind victories by Conner Riordan (100), Ian Bamsey (200), Trevor Sitch (110 high hurdles), Zac Post (shot put), Tyler Harris (pole vault) and Phillip Mendoza (high jump). The Wildcats also won the 400 relay with the team of Riordan, Bamsey, Joey Camarda and Hemant Thomas. Whitney’s girls were second and received victories from Holly Miller (200) and Stephanie Diettenger (pole vault). The Thunder and Wildcats competed in the section Division II-III meet Wednesday at Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks. The finals are on Friday. The top eight finishers in each event qualify for the Masters meet, which will be May 26 and 27 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. Boys volleyball Rocklin will play for the Division I championship tonight when it travels to Jesuit for a 7:30 p.m. match. The Thunder advanced with a four-game victory over SFL rival Del Oro in Tuesday’s semifinals. Jesuit also needed four games to get past Oak Ridge. The Thunder (27-5) swept Jesuit on March 3 in Carmichael by the scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-20. Whitney lost 3-0 in its Division II opener against Union Mine last Thursday. The Wildcats finished 20-4 after going 14-0 in the CAL. Swimming Junior Loree Olson became Whitney’s first All-American swimmer with her record-setting performance at the section championships. Olson qualified for All-American status by placing third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.93 seconds and fourth in the 200 individual medley at 2 minutes, 4.97 seconds. Those times were Olson’s personal bests and set school records.