Woodcreek, Sheldon are eliminated early

Published: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9C

Sheldon and Woodcreek, the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Divisions I and II softball champions, respectively, were eliminated in dramatic fashion Saturday in the second round of the playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Sheldon, a two-time defending champ, lost to West of Tracy 5-4 in 12 innings.

Woodcreek (20-9), ranked No. 4 by The Bee and playing in Division I this season, lost to Enochs of Modesto 1-0 on a controversial call in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A popup to second base turned into a 20-minute conversation between coaches, umpires and the tournament official.

Jordan Barber of Enochs was on second when the ball was dropped and bounced into right field. She ran to third, and an errant throw pulled third baseman Christal Vierra off the bag.

Barber then was thrown out at home "by 40 feet," according to Woodcreek coach Art Banks, but the umpire ruled Vierra blocked Barber's path and called interference on the play.

Tournament director Don Barney said the play was dead once Vierra wouldn't allow Barber to get up right away after sliding into third. Banks disagreed.

"It was the wrong call," he said. "They called an interference when there wasn't. And to award the run is ridiculous.

"We didn't score, and that was our fault. ... But you hate to have an umpire dictate the game. It's just one of those things; it happens with human beings. We make mistakes, but this was a big one. But, it happens."

No. 12 Sheldon (13-13) tied West 3-3 with two runs in the top of the seventh, which included an RBI single by freshman Dani Fines.

The teams traded zeros until Fines scored on a single by Anessa Kaylor for a 4-3 lead in the 12th under the international tiebreaker. West scored two runs in the bottom of the 12th to win.

Also, No. 1 Rocklin (25-3) defeated Buhach Colony of Atwater 6-1 and held off a bases-loaded, one-out rally by West in the bottom of the seventh to win 5-3.

"It starts with seniors, but the juniors have been huge contributors," second-year varsity coach Marissa Hardy said. "They bought into me at the JV level, but now they are bringing it to the varsity level."

Rocklin has a 10-game winning streak thanks largely to solid pitching from Maddie Wuelfing and great hitting from fellow juniors Sam Moffat, Delanie Chrisman and Cali Lewis.

Rocklin will face No. 7 Elk Grove on Monday.

Division II – Senior Ali Aguilar scored in the bottom of the seventh to give No. 2 Casa Roble a 7-6 win over Vanden of Fairfield.

The Rams scored five runs in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.

Aguilar homered in the first inning for the Rams (22-5) and walked to lead off the seventh. Casa Roble plays Benicia in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday.

No. 6 Christian Brothers (18-10) lost to Benicia 2-1 in eight innings.

Junior Haley Snyder pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 in the loss. Snyder has 271 strikeouts in 154 innings.

Division III – Defending champion Bear River (13-10), which beat Woodland 2-1 on Friday night despite being no-hit, lost to Cordova 1-0.

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