High School Sports

Rivals Rocklin, Woodcreek to meet for SFL softball title

The softball race for the Sierra Foothill League championship comes down to the final day.

That’s no surprise, given the strength of the Placer County teams that have occupied the top of the standings all season.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., Bee No. 2 Rocklin visits No. 5 Woodcreek, where the Thunder can win the SFL title with a victory or share the championship with Timberwolves with a loss.

Rocklin is 19-2 overall and 10-1 in league play, the lone setback a 4-2 decision last Thursday at Del Oro. That snapped an 11-game winning streak that included a 3-0 victory over Woodcreek on April 14. The last loss before Del Oro? It was 6-0 to Woodcreek (16-5, 9-2) on March 19.

Both teams feature top hitters and pitchers.

Carli Cutler of Rocklin leads the SFL with a .500 average and nine doubles. Also for Rocklin, Bri Alston is hitting .447, Makenna Firenze .444 and Katie Manley .370.

For Woodcreek, Rebecca Bernard is hitting .432, Kayla Curtan .369, Holli McNeil .343 and Ashley Esty .339.

Cutler (16-2) leads SFL pitchers in wins and Jacy Boles of Woodcreek is second at 15-3. They also rank first and second in strikeouts with 175 and 101, respectively.

The rival programs could meet in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs that start May 19.

Record slugger – Sarah Fukushima of top-ranked Sheldon hit her 14th home run of the season last Wednesday at St. Francis, breaking the school season mark of 13 set in 2011 by Danielle Henderson, who went on to start at Cal for four years.

Fukushima, headed to Cal State East Bay, is hitting .500 with eight doubles, three triples, 41 RBIs and 33 runs. She is tied for the Northern California lead in home runs this season and is third in the state for the Huskies (22-2).

Tiegen perfection – Tiegen Jones fired a perfect game to lead Capital Christian past Lindhurst 2-0 last Thursday for the Golden Empire League baseball championship.

The senior, headed to Fresno State on scholarship, struck out 12. The 6-foot-3 Jones is 3-2 with a 1.69 ERA and is batting .322 with 15 RBIs for the No. 10 Cougars (20-2).

Davis loses Boras finale – Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach beat Davis 7-4 last Saturday at Cal in the Boras Baseball Classic championship game.

Davis won the 16-team North title last month and Mira Costa the 16-team South bracket in the state-wide tourney.

The Boras Foundation, created by Elk Grove graduate and longtime baseball agent Scott Boras, hosted Davis and Mira Costa players for dinner in the Bay Area on Friday night and provided overnight lodging. Saturday’s game was delayed for two hours by rain.

Stat leaders – Dylan Carlson of Elk Grove is tied for the the Sac-Joaquin Section lead with eight home runs. Justin Grace of El Camino leads the section with 37 RBIs, while Ryan Aguilar of Rio Linda and Chase Tarr of Marysville lead the area with 27 stolen bases.

Oak Ridge pitcher Trenton Denholm tops the second with a 0.14 ERA. Jack Filby of McClatchy is fourth at 0.56, Mikey Rubio of Forest Lake Christian fifth at 0.61, Darren Nelson of Granite Bay sixth at 0.71, and Tanner Cunha of Christian Brothers and Corey Pitthoff of Liberty Ranch are tied for seventh at 0.72.

Denholm leads the section with a 9-0 record. Aaron Lee of Bella Vista is 8-0, Patrick Gaffney of Vista del Lago and Drew Rodriguez of Yuba City are 8-1, Zach Jedlowski of Sheldon is 8-2, and Ben Purcell of Del Campo is 7-1.

Jacon Rapp of Delta is second in the section with 90 strikeouts in 61 innings, Josh Gongress of Laguna Creek is fifth with 81 in 62, Radd Thomas of Placer seventh with 79 in 45 2/3 innings, and freshman Hogan Weaver of San Juan ninth with 75 in 45 2/3 .

Basketball scholarships – With family, faculty and classmates watching, four Sacramento High basketball players will sign college letters of intent in the school’s gym Tuesday.

From the boys team, Raphael Durr will sign with Montana State-Billings and Andrew Williams with UC Merced. From the girls squad, Quayonna Harris will sign with Sacramento State and Lyric Wilson with Cal State San Marcos. All four players are guards.

Also headed to Montana State-Billings is Capital Christian guard Ryan Chappell, who missed the second half of the season with a leg injury but will make a full recovery.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD


Records through Saturday with last week’s ranking

Team Rec. (Prv.)

1. Elk Grove 18-7 (2)

2. Oak Ridge 18-5 (1)

3. Jesuit 18-7 (3)

4. Davis 19-6 (4)

5. Woodcreek 17-7 (5)

6. Franklin 14-11 (6)

7. Sheldon 15-8 (10)

8. Vista del Lago 17-3-1 (7)

9. Yuba City 20-6 (8)

10. Capital Christian 20-2 (9)

11. Pleasant Grove 14-11 (19)

12. Granite Bay 12-11 (11)

13. Lincoln 21-5 (12)

14. Bella Vista 18-8 (–)

15. Del Campo 18-8 (14)

16. Oakmont 16-11 (–)

17. River Valley 16-6-1 (16)

18. Christian Bros 18-5-1 (17)

19. Del Oro 12-11-1 (18)

20. McClatchy 16-9 (20)


Records through Saturday with last week’s ranking

Team Rec. (Prv.)

1. Sheldon 22-2 (1)

2. Rocklin 19-2 (2)

3. Pioneer 18-3-1 (3)

4. Del Campo 16-5 (4)

5. Woodcreek 16-5 (5)

6. Elk Grove 14-9-1 (7)

7. Roseville 17-6-1 (8)

8. Yuba City 18-4-1 (9)

9. River City 16-7-2 (10)

10. Bella Vista 14-8 (11)

11. Bear River 23-2 (12)

12. Vista del Lago 18-4 (13)

13. Casa Roble 17-7 (14)

14. Pleasant Grove 8-8-2 (16)

15. St. Francis 11-9-1 (17)

16. Ponderosa 12-9 (18)

17. Cosumnes Oaks 9-9 (20)

18. Whitney 13-5-5 (6)

19. Del Oro 11-11-2 (–)

20. Lindhurst 19-7 (–)

Joe Davidson