Golfers pick up two league wins

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After taking its first Sierra Foothill League loss of the season, the Del Oro golf team bounced back with a pair of wins over Roseville and Nevada Union. In a 191-215 decision over Roseville, Del Oro’s Austin Smotherman and Robert Sahlit showed the way as both fired even par 36s in the match played at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. Following Smotherman and Sahlit in for the winners was teammate Justin Raskin with a 39. The Golden Eagles also defeated Nevada Union 203-204 in a close match this past Monday at Turkey Creek. Smotherman’s 36, a 37 by Eric Ash and a 40 from Sahlit helped the Golden Eagles nudge the Miners. Del Oro, which took a tough three-stroke loss at Granite Bay last week, will play Rocklin this afternoon in a SFL match set for Whitney Oaks at 4 p.m. SOFTBALL TEAM TOPS ROCKLIN, NU Jordan Courage fired a one-hitter and Aspen Echelmeier and Whitney Smith provided the offense to power Del Oro’s girls softball team to a 10-0 win over Rocklin last week. Echelmeier fanned seven batters in the abbreviated five-inning game while Courage was a perfect 4x4 with two RBIs and Smith 2x3 with a home run and two more RBIs. In another Sierra Foothill League game, the Lady Eagles rallied from an early deficit to come from behind and defeat Nevada Union, 3-1. Echelmeier had a strong game behind the plate for the winners as she threw out a pair of NU runners attempting to steal in the sixth inning. Paige McKim also made a fine sterling catch in the outfield to take away another potential NU run. Courage gained the mound win as she allowed the Miners just two hits and fanned 12. Del Oro jumped in front in the third inning as Carisa Cotter scored on an RBI-double by McKim and then came home on a sacrifice fly by Courtney Smith. The Eagles added a run in the fifth as Hanna George singled, stole second base, advanced to third on an error and scampered home on a wild pitch. The Lady Eagles play at Roseville today in a 4 p.m. SFL contest and then this weekend head to Susanville to complete the Lassen Tournament. EAGLES BASEBALL NIPS ROCKLIN, 4-3 Del Oro pushed over three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday to rally the Golden Eagles past Rocklin, 4-3 in a Sierra Foothill League game played in Loomis. Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth, Tommy Mullen, Taylor Thomas and Josh Akin all teamed for key hits to help lift the hosts to the win. Mullen was two-for-two in the game with a double and two runs batted in while Thomas also added a RBI hit. Akin, meanwhile, was two-for-three with a run scored and Max Magleby added a double. Earlier in the week, the Golden Eagles notched an 11-4 non-league win at Placer. Magleby led the victory with a big three-for-five three RBI day at the plate. Del Oro hosts Rocklin on Friday in a SFL game set for 4 p.m. then will travel to Grass Valley on Monday for another 4 p.m. SFL test. DEL ORO SOCCER HOME FRIDAY NIGHT Del Oro’s Lady Eagles soccer team will entertain Woodcreek Friday night in a Sierra Foothill League match under the lights in the football stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m. after the 5 p.m. JV opener. In action last week, Del Oro’s Kaleigh Landberg scored four goals and Miranda Bailey added a pair as the Lady Eagles overwhelmed Nevada Union, 11-0. Lauren Gollnick added a goal and three assists while teammate Becky Duncan also scored one goal and contributed a pair of assists. Del Oro also dropped a tough 1-0 match at Granite Bay. The Lady Eagles will play at Rocklin next Wednesday, April 13 in a 7 p.m. match. SPIKERS TOP NU Brady Cord netted 14 kills and Kyle Russell followed with 13 to help lift Del Oro’s boys volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Nevada Union last week. Jordan Broyles also chipped in with 11 kills for the Golden Eagles who prevailed in the Sierra Foothill League match by scores of 25-17, 25-27, 25-21 and 25-16. Del Oro also went 3-2 in the recent Clovis West Tournament. DO posted wins over Fresno, San Joaquin Memorial and Reedley. Del Oro plays at Roseville this evening in SFL action and then this weekend competes in the Bellarmine Tournament in San Jose. ~ Staff report