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JV downs Rocklin 5-0 behind AL's no hitter

Jr. Varsity vs Rocklin HS on 4/29/2014 4:15:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Anna Gross

It wasn't the prettiest no-hitter with AL allowing 6 walks and having to go deep into counts, but a no-hitter it was with 11 strike outs to help his cause.  Good thing as Woodcreek was unable to score till late after a Rocklin error allowed a leadoff runner to reach base and another error later allowed him to score.  However, Woodcreek added four insurance runs in the top of the 7th behind some timely hitting by Woodcreek.

As the game went on, it seemed Woodcreek knew there was a shot at a no-hitter and the hustle and commitment on the defensive side was extraordinary.  One play on a foul ball over JP's head at first base and tailing into foul ground was caught in contorted fashion, but was caught and didn't give Rocklin a second chance.  Then there was a blooper down the left field line.  With the 3rd baseman, JcS, hustling backwards, and the left fielder, BT rushing in, it was the SS, JW, which got there just in time to catch it and not allow what may have been a chalk line hit.

Both pitchers did well working through any threats, but Woodcreek finally got to Rocklin's starting pitcher.  Woodcreek had a runner on base every inning, but it wasn't until the 6th that Woodcreek scored.  AL fought off an outside off speed pitch and dribbled it to third base.  The third baseman fumbled it and AL reached safely. SC came in to pinch run for him.  The next batter flied out to left field and the following batter grounded out to short stop on what may have been a hit-and-run attempt as SC was able to move up to second base.  JG then came up to bat and hit a ground that when right under the second baseman's glove.  SC was on the move with two outs and was able to score.  MH flied out to left field to end the inning.

In the 7th is when things finally went Woodcreek's way.  The inning led off with a strike out, but the next batter, BT, battled for a 6 pitch walk.  JW then reached on an error by the pitcher and then MO singled up the middle to score BT.  AL then singled and that scored JW.  MO scored when JP hit one to the first baseman that had to make the out at first rather than hold the MO at third.  AL moved up to third after JR singled and then scored on a passed ball.  The top of the 7th ended on a ground out to SS, but Woodcreek had added 4 to take a 5-0 lead.

Rocklin had two runners reach base in the first two innings as AL allowed a leadoff walk in each but struck out 3 in the first and Rocklin executed two sac bunts in the second only to have a base runner thrown out stealing in a first-and-third situation by JR.  In the third Rocklin grounded out to SS twice before a base runner reached on an error, but the next batter struck out.  In the fourth AL allowed another leadoff walk, but struck out the next 3.  AL seemed to get a little stronger and struck out he side in the 5th.  It was in the 6th that the team put together some great defense as AL got deep into counts unable to put batters away.  With full counts the first two batters put balls down the line, but JP at first and JW at SS chased them down.  A ground out to SS ended the 6th for Rocklin.  In the 7th, and chasing a no-no, AL walked the leadoff batter.  That was erased when the second batter hit it back to the pitcher who wheeled and threw the lead runner out at second.  AL struck out the next batter on 6 pitches.  With two outs, the next batter battled another 6 pitches to get a walk, but the inning ended and the no hitter remained as the last batter grounded out to SS who took it himself and got the force at second base.

Final was Woodcreek 5, Rocklin 0.  The rubber match will be Thursday at Woodcreek after Woodcreek takes on Granite Bay in a rain make up.

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