Rocklin Softball Playoff Preview
By Jeremy McDonald
After finishing Sierra Foothill League play with a 7-5 record and a third place finish in the standings, they enter the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-II bracket play with the 11th seed.
But being the 11th-seed doesn't affect how they play the game.
"We have to play the best in order to continue on in playoffs and reach our goals," said head coach Marissa Hardy. "So having strong competition right out of the gate will hopefully mentally and physically prepare our girls for the rest of playoffs."
During their week off since they're game against Woodcreek, the Thunder have practice fundamental skills to help set them up to play at a strong level come Wednesday afternoon.
"We have been working hard, staying focused, and analyzing our competitors," said Hardy. "We enjoy have a couple days for practice as it allows us to really round out our game."
The players to watch for are Jaclyn Amader who has anchored the outfield all season and Carli Cutler in the infield. Both were on the team two years ago that lost to the team they're playing in round one.
The game plan will be the same as they've followed all season long against a Crusher squad that went 13-2 en route to the Monticello Empire League Title in 2015.
"Be solid, have sound fundamentals, and communicate on defense," said Hardy. "Then, win every inning offensively. If we do those things, we will come out on top."
First pitch is at 6pm at Field Two at the Sacramento Softball Complex.