By Bill Paterson
Expect Roseville High School to be a lot more alert on the bases Wednesday night when the Tigers play league rival Granite Bay in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball playoffs at Sacramento City College.
On Monday, in a game that started nearly 90 minutes late, Granite Bay beat the Tigers 3-2, ending the game with the hidden ball trick just as Roseville appeared to be rallying.
Nick Blaser's RBI base hit pushed home a run in the bottom of the seventh and put Roseville runners at first and second with two outs.
But Granite Bay ssecond baseman Riley Drongesen, instead of tossing the ball back to the pitcher after Blaser's hit, tucked it into his glove. He tagged out the Roseville runner when he stepped off second base.
Kyle Schlehofer picked up the win for the Grizzlies, allowing five hits. Tyler Ash limited Granite Bay to four hits, but two were by Nate Esposito, an RBI double in the third and an RBI triple in the fifth. Andrew Knapp added an RBI infield hit in the seventh.
According to the Roseville Press Tribune's Kurt Johnson, the game started at 9:20 because the game in front (Rocklin defeated Oak Ridge 7-6) went nine innings.
A Granite Bay win Wednesday would advance the Sierra Foothill League champions to the D-II section title game Monday at Sac City for the third time in four years.
Roseville, which has lost four times to the Grizzlies this year, will try to even the best of three series in the 5 p.m. game.
If Roseville wins, the two teams will play again 30 minutes after.