Woodcreek Softball Shut Out Chavez 10-0 in 6

 Courtney Bell and Rebecca Bernard high five after Bell scores Thursday ( Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

Courtney Bell and Rebecca Bernard high five after Bell scores Thursday (Jeremy McDonald 65 Sports)

By Jeremy McDonald

SACRAMENTO -- If defense translates to offense, then Woodcreek softball has gotten it down to a tee Thursday afternoon.

As their bats slowly came to life, Jacey Boles and her defense dominated Chavez’s offense limiting them to one hit and striking out nine in the 10-0 six inning game in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-I playoffs.

“What’s nice is if our offense isn’t clicking right away, we always have our defense to keep us in the ball game,” said Timberwolves Head Coach Jeff Fischer.  “Our offense came through, it took us a while but we came through.”

Through the first three innings of the game Boles had six strikeouts, two walks and had a no-hitter going entering the fourth.

“It was nice to have her throw strikes, she was striking everyone out,” said Kayla Curtan on Boles performance and the defense.  “We didn’t really have too many chances to make plays but when we did make them.”

Woodcreek would break the scoreless tie with a Kinley Kyro RBI single in the second that was followed by a error at home plate that brought Kendall Henry home as well for the 2-0 lead.

Curtan picked up an RBI single in the third followed by a RBI double by Riley Adams in the fourth and Holli McNeil’s RBI single in the fifth to give the T’Wolves a 5-0 lead entering the sixth inning.

“It’s important for us to stay strong in every game and focus on each one at one at a time because that’s really been working for us well this season,” said McNeil.

Boles ‘K’ pace slowed down as her defense picked up the pace behind her. 

Celina Molina broke Boles No-Hitter with two outs in the fourth inning, but Woodcreek’s defense kept that hit as the lone hit of the game for the Titans.

After giving up a opening inning walk in the sixth, Boles settled back in by picking up her ninth strikeout to end the inning.

What followed was the fury of bats by the Timberwolves offense starting with a single by Kyro.

With the bases loaded two batters later, Woodcreek slowly added runs over their next four at-bats starting with a RBI single’s by Caity Szczeny and Curtain followed by a two-run RBI double by McNeil.

The game would end by the ten-run rule with a RBI single by Henry that sent the T’Wolves to the next round.

“The first game of the playoffs you don’t know how the kids would come out,” said Fischer.  “But the kids came out fine.  A little slow at first, but they picked it up through adjustments.  Everything worked out well.”

Up next for Woodcreek is Vacaville, winners Thursday with a 10-5 result over Pleasant Grove.

The plan is the success tool that has gotten them to this point, focus on the here and now.

 “It’s important for us to stay strong in every game and focus on each one at one at a time because that’s really been working for us well this season,” said McNeil.

First pitch is 9am at Field 1 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.