Rocklin defeated No. 4 Woodcreek 3-1 and No. 3 Roseville 2-1 last week to secure at least a tie for the Sierra Foothill League championship, earn the SFL's No. 1 seed for the playoffs as well as return to the top of The Bee's rankings.
Maddie Wuelfing pitched a five-hitter and drove in a run, and Mallory Asaro was 2 for 4 with a double against Woodcreek. Delanie Chrisman's two-run, sixth-inning homer and the six-hit pitching of Kendall Chambers highlighted the Thunder's win against Roseville.
Rocklin fell out of The Bee's top spot in mid-April after losing back-to-back games to Roseville and Woodcreek.
Coach Marissa Hardy's Thunder has since won seven in a row and can lock up the outright SFL title with a win this afternoon over visiting Granite Bay.
Eagles soar No. 6 Pleasant Grove entered this week having secured at least a Delta River League co-championship after beating No. 9 Oak Ridge and No. 13 St. Francis last week.
In the 11-6 win over St. Francis, junior first baseman Vanessa Washington hit two home runs her ninth and 10th of the season doubled and had four RBIs.
Against host Oak Ridge, the Eagles scored twice in the seventh on Marissa Maligad's base hit, three walks and an error to win 3-1. Eagles catcher Amber Murray also homered and doubled, and pitcher Celina Matthias picked up wins in both games.
Pleasant Grove wasn't the only DRL team to secure a playoff spot last week.
Behind Anessa Kaylor's two-run homer and Sara Fukashima's two-run double, No. 7 Sheldon rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to defeat St. Francis 7-5.
Falcons top Casa Roble In another indication the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are going to be a wide-open affair, No. 8 Christian Brothers walloped then-top-ranked (now No. 2) Casa Roble 9-0 in a Capital Valley Conference game Friday in Orangevale.
Christian Brothers' Haley Snyder allowed three hits and had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer.
The win kept alive the Falcons' hopes of tying Casa Roble for the CVC title. Christian Brothers plays today at Bella Vista. Casa Roble visits No. 19 Oakmont.
Christian Brothers might have had a shot at an outright title but lost 2-1 in nine innings to No. 10 Del Campo earlier last week.
Del Campo's Megan Wantz struck out 10 and allowed three hits; Snyder struck out 13 but gave up two run-scoring hits to Halee Howell, including the walk-off game winner.
Patriots won't share After finishing as Tri-County Conference co-champions with Woodland last season, No. 11 Pioneer won this year's TCC title outright with an emphatic 18-6 win over the Wolves in last Thursday's conference finale.
Sophomore Erin Lipelt led the way with a home run and six RBIs. Freshman Marissa Arizaga had two hits and four RBIs as the Patriots extended their winning streak to eight games.
It was Pioneer's fourth consecutive conference championship. The Patriots finish the regular season this afternoon with a nonleague game at McClatchy.
DVC title showdown The Delta Valley Conference championship will be on the line this afternoon when No. 15 Davis travels to No. 5 Elk Grove in the DVC finale. Both teams are 8-1 in conference.
Earlier this season, Davis beat Elk Grove 8-6 but lost to third-place Franklin 7-6.
Call The Bee's Bill Paterson (916) 326-5506.