By Jeremy McDonald
SACRAMENTO-- The Woodcreek softball team found their balance offensively and defensive against the Bella Vista defense Monday afternoon in the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Behind 16 hits on offense, and an 11-strikeout performance by Jacy Boles in the Timberwolves 7-1 victory over the Broncos, putting them two-wins away from the Section Title Game.
"There was a great balance today," said Woodcreek head coach Jeff Fischer. "Anytime we have Jacy on the mound you know we have a chance and we put runners on base, we put pressure on (Bella Vista) and the kids came through and they executed."
"That's the main thing executing, moving runners along and of course getting a big hit by (Szczuesny) that helps out. So the kids played great."
Behind eight hits that included RBI single's by Kendall Henry and Riley Adams, the T'Wolves led 2-0 after two innings.
Behind Jacy Boles' six strikeouts in her first four innings of work, mixed in with some great defensive plays, Woodcreek kept the Broncos off the board entering the bottom of the fourth.
"We just calm down and played our game, we didn't try to push anything." said Boles on the defense. "I pounded the strike zone a lot and I was sync-ing on my pitches. i got ahead in my counts and I think that what helped me."
Entering the bottom half of the fourth, Caity Szczesny made herself known to the public.
With the bases loaded, Szczesny connected on her second pitch down center field that cleared the bases en route to a three RBI triple.
On the next pitch, Rachel Bennett overthrew catcher Katelyn Snow and that brought Szczesny home as the Timberwolves softball lead held at 6-0 after four innings.
"It was really nice to finally get a hit like that and really be clutch in a game to score the runs that we needed," she said. "It really helped take a lot of pressure off of Jacy too."
"She's done that all year. Asked anyone, she's done that all year," added Fischer with a smile.
Kayla Curtan would add one run for Woodcreek off a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
But the run was matched by Bella Vista when an error by Amanda Bernard at third base allowed the Broncos to break the shutout in the top half of the sixth.
But the defense stayed within themselves and up 7-1 on Bella Vista would go down in succession as Boles picked up her 11th strikeout on the day and her defense turned two ground balls into outs to end the game.
"We worked together pretty well," said Szczesny on the game. "We had some clutch hits and it scored runs that we needed. Our defense was really strong too."
Up next for Woodcreek is a Tuesday match-up at 5pm against the winner of the River City-Pitman game.
If they win in that game, the T'Wolves will play again at 7pm to have a chance to go to Wednesday's section final game. Both games will be held at Field 4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex!
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