Whitney scores 11 off six hits to defeat Rocklin

Shaw homer sinks Thunder
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Played on a neutral field at Lone Tree Park, the always-entertaining matchups between Rocklin and Whitney high schools didn’t disappoint in softball – unless one was rooting for the Thunder. The girls in blue simply couldn’t keep Whitney runners off the base paths in spite of giving up only six hits, but those hits proved devastating. Whitney’s Kayli Shaw was 2-for-2 at the plate, including a home run, and she drove in four runs for the ‘Cats. Shaw also scored a run. Also collecting runs batted in were Taylor Cotton, Sidney Hafey, Mallory Andrada and Megan Mello. Shaw’s was the only extra-base hit. Cotton went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. She limited Rocklin to just three hits and two earned runs. Although she gave up a half dozen base-on-balls, she fanned five and her defense did the rest. The loss ended a four-game win streak for the Thunder and led to two more losses. Woodcreek blanked Rocklin 6-0 on Monday, and Del Oro shut them out 4-0 on Tuesday. That dropped the Thunder to 5-6 and into fourth place in Sierra Foothill League play with four league games remaining. “It was a tough game,” said Rocklin first-baseman Carly Perkins of the Whitney contest. “I don’t know, we just really didn’t have it together. We’re working really hard and hopefully it will pay off.” The hard work has paid off for Perkins who made her comments during her Monday morning letter-of-intent signing to play at Humboldt State. She will join Whitney’s Darian Harris in playing for the Lumberjacks. Whitney, on the other hand, used the victory to good advantage and on Monday thumped Mira Loma 17-0. The win earned the ‘Cats’ a 5-0 Capital Athletic League record and the top spot with five CAL games to go. Whitney 11, Rocklin 3 R H E Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 – 3 3 2 Wildcats 5 4 2 0 0 0 - – 11 6 4