Champ Woodcreek aims for 1st league title since '07

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 - 7:42 am

Woodcreek is coming off a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship season, and is ranked 17th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

But one thing The Bee's top-ranked softball team hasn't done in the past five seasons is win a Sierra Foothill League title – after winning four straight from 2004-07.

Del Oro won the past four league titles, with Rocklin taking the banner in 2008. Woodcreek finished second in four of those seasons.

So even with wins over No. 8 Del Oro, No. 15 Roseville and Granite Bay, the Timberwolves (8-1, 3-0) can't relax.

Today at 4 p.m. at Roseville's Mahany Park, the Timberwolves face a No. 6 Rocklin (7-1, 3-0) team that's won six consecutive, including against Del Oro, Roseville, No. 13 Oak Ridge and No. 19 Davis. The Thunder also opened the season with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Pleasant Grove.

The Thunder is hitting .380 and has three players – junior Cali Lewis (.536) and sophomores Jadyn Amader (.524) and Dylan Linton (.500) – hitting .500 or better. Woodcreek, hitting a collective .310, is led by seniors Christal Vierra (.400) and Lexi Wilkerson (.348) and sophomore Jessica Nogosek (.346).

"Every season it's the same story," Woodcreek coach Art Banks says. "You just try to survive in league to make the playoffs."

LeDoux tourney next – After today's game, Banks and Woodcreek will host the annual Stephanie LeDoux tournament Friday and Saturday at Maidu Park in Roseville.

Nine Bee Top 20 teams are entered – Rocklin, Roseville and Del Oro – as well as No. 4 St. Francis, No. 5 Casa Roble, No. 10 Del Campo, No. 11 Ponderosa and No. 20 Oakmont.

Championship and third-place games are set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Maidu.

Cotton honored – Whitney's senior pitcher Taylor Cotton was selected as last week's MaxPreps/NFCA National High School West Region Player of the Week.

Cotton opened the season hitting .667 and posting a 6-0 record with an 0.18 ERA. In a 4-1 win over Del Oro March 9, Cotton struck out 19 and allowed two hits and went 4 for 4 with a double.

Dixon's dynamic duo – Four-year Dixon battery-mates Jenna Bassler and Kristina Brown have the Rams off to a 7-2 start.

Bassler, a pitcher and Notre Dame De Namur signee, is 6-2 with 62 strikeouts in 42 innings and has hit three home runs. Brown, a catcher who will play for Fisher College in Boston next season, is hitting .724 with 22 RBIs in 29 at-bats.

Troubadours rebound – The Christian Brothers girls' basketball team gave St. Francis a 49-point beatdown Jan. 4 in their annual basketball showdown.

So the Troubadours returned the favor Saturday, beating the Falcons 20-2 in five innings at the Albie Swingin' for Life Breast Cancer Awareness softball benefit.

Amy Marks went 5 for 5, drove in six runs and picked up the win, while Pacific signee Bailey O'Mara had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs.

Titans trim Tigers – Sophomores Kaone Hunter and Emily Mark helped Antelope coach Lisa Sherman win bragging rights over Roseville coach and sister Jennifer (Sherman) Birch on Monday as the Titans beat Roseville 2-1 in an eight-inning nonleague game.

The Sherman sisters were star pitchers at Del Oro and in college at Oklahoma (Jennifer) and Middle Tennessee State (Lisa) before becoming high school coaches.

Call The Bee's Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.

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