Woodcreek rallies past Del Oro

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The difference between success and failure on the baseball diamond is sometimes so small that it is hard to measure. Woodcreek High rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to beat Del Oro 8-7 in a Sierra Foothill League battle Monday afternoon in Loomis. The Golden Eagles spotted the Timberwolves a three-run first inning lead before scoring seven unanswered runs over the next five innings to take control. Mason Magleby struck out Kevin Matsumoto to open the sixth, but strike three got away from catcher Brian Rowe, allowing the Woodcreek left fielder to reach safely. After Matsumoto scoring on a groundout, a two-out single by Jon Nutter spelled the end of Magleby’s day on the hill. The Timberwolves greeted Ben Consulo rudely after the southpaw walked the first batter he faced. Trent Pajer flared a base hit to center field on an 0-2 offering to load the bases for Jon Canipe. The senior shortstop belted a shot to dead center that would have cleared the bags, but the Eagles got a temporary reprieve when the ball bounced over the wall, sending Pajer back to third. The new life was short-lived as Woodcreek’s other Jon Nutter — there are two players by that name on the Woodcreek roster — singled to right-center to put the Timberwolves on top for good. Magleby homered for the third time in as many games and doubled at the plate to lead Del Oro. Matt Leak also doubled twice and drove in a run for the Eagles, who fell to 9-10 overall and 6-4 in the SFL, two games behind second-place Granite Bay (16-5, 9-3) and two games ahead of fourth-place Woodcreek (7-12, 5-7). The Eagles host Nevada Union today 4 p.m. Forest Lake Christian 18, Sacramento Waldorf 2 at Fair Oaks — The Falcons scored scored six in the first inning and five each in the second and third to rout the Waves in a mercy rule-abridged game. Forest Lake (9-2 overall, 4-1 Central Valley Christian League) won its fifth straight. The Falcons play the Waves again Thursday in Lake of the Pines.