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Granite Bay, Woodcreek even series in SFL baseball

Magness’ relief leads Grizzlies over Nevada Union; Milani pitches Timberwolves past Roseville; finales Saturday
By: Staff Reports
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Granite Bay High School stayed a game behind Rocklin in the Sierra Foothill League with a 5-3 victory Thursday at Nevada Union.

Shut down by Cody Gardner on Tuesday, the Grizzlies (10-6 overall, 4-1 SFL) scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning Thursday to erase a 3-1 deficit against the Miners (8-9, 1-4), and senior Travis Magness pitched four hitless innings in relief with six strikeouts.

Juniors Vinny Esposito and Alex Ladrech drove in two runs each for Granite Bay. Esposito had two hits, and seniors Brett Bautista and Ryan Rosa each had a double and single.

The series finale is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Granite Bay.

Woodcreek 12, Roseville 5 — The Timberwolves (12-4, 3-2) scored four runs in the top of the second to back five stout innings by senior pitcher Tyler Milani in their win over the Tigers (7-9, 1-4) at Clancy Field.

“I think he’s the best pitcher we’ve seen this year, as far as what he can do with location and stuff,” Roseville coach Hank DeMello said, noting Milani had tricky movement on some pitches that had the Tigers flailing.

Cy Hynes doubled, singled and drove in two runs for Woodcreek, and junior Carson Farnworth homered in the seventh. Dylan Bell doubled, singled and had two RBI, and Alex Montes had two hits.

Junior Kyle Downie went 2 for 3 for Roseville.

Roseville won the series opener 9-7 on Tuesday. Sophomore Max Modeste went 2 for 2 with a home run and four RBI, Alex Roper had a double and single, and junior Mitchell Schellenger had a big two-run single in the Tigers’ five-run first.

The teams meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodcreek in the series finale.

Rocklin 5, Del Oro 3 — Ryan Smith and Kevin Bevilaqua combined on a five-hitter, and the Thunder (11-5, 5-0) held off the Golden Eagles (5-11, 1-4) to maintain its one-game lead over Granite Bay.

Christian Bennett homered, and Taylour Reidt had two hits and two RBI for Rocklin.

Zach Labar had a two-run double and scored on a hit by Jake Noah during a three-run sixth that pulled Del Oro within 4-3.

Christian Brothers 12, Oakmont 10 — Leading 10-4, the Vikings (11-6, 5-2 Capital Valley Conference) surrendered eight runs in the bottom of the sixth in their loss to the Falcons (11-7, 3-4).

Junior Kirby Broadbent homered, doubled and drove in four runs for Oakmont, and sophomore Jake Rodrigues homered. Senior Robert Walton went 3 for 4, and juniors Rex Campbell and Trey Olsen each went 2 for 4.