Top of the Rock goes Rocklin’s way in softball showdown
The cross-town rivalry of Whitney and Rocklin High was renewed last Saturday, as each school’s varsity softball squads played underneath the lights of Kathy Lund Park for the Top of the Rock trophy.
Each team withdrew from their respective league-title ambitions to play a friendly exhibition game at a neutral site. However, the resulting action was anything but friendly, as both teams played with the ferocity and enthusiasm of a league-clinching game.
After the two teams combined for 19 runs, 24 hits, and 10 base-on-balls, Rocklin was able to stave off Whitney’s seventh inning rally to claim the trophy with a 10-9 win.
“The game against these two schools is always high energy,” said Rocklin head coach Marissa Hardy. “A lot of passion that goes into this game, a lot of nerves because the girls are so amped up for it, both teams just want to win.”
Despite giving up multiple runs, both starters went the distance. Kendall Chambers collected four strikeouts for Rocklin, while Abi Brooks punched out three for Whitney.
An emotional Chambers emerged with the win after an exhilarating final inning.
Trailing 10-7 going into the final frame, Whitney quickly found themselves down to their last out with Kaylin Mallery on third base.
Kierra Keller started the Whitney rally with a walk, which was then followed by Shelby Taylor’s run-batted-in single. Tessa Harris continued her outstanding offensive night with her second walk of the game.
With the score 10-8, a passed ball cut Rocklin’s lead to one run. But more importantly, it put the winning run on second base.
In the final at-bat of the game, Mallory Andrada hit a low-line drive to shallow center field. As it dropped to within mere inches of a safe hit and sure to score both runs, Jillian Lerner lunged for a crowd-rousing catch to end the game.
Whitney’s Harris went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks. Andrada went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Rocklin’s Lerner went 2-4 with two runs and two RBI, the senior outfielder had the hit of the game, a second-inning, two-run home run.
Jayden Amader went 2-3 with two runs scored. Cali Lewis went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI. Sam Moffat went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Delanie Chrisman went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
ROCKLIN 10, WHITNEY 9
Thunder 060 400 0 – 10
Wildcats 300 040 2 – 9