By Bill Paterson
It's clear there is no decline in the quality of Sierra Foothill League baseball.
With Roseville and Granite Bay winning tonight at Sacramento City College, three of the four Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinalists are from the SFL.
Rocklin, the defending champion, qualified on Thursday by beating Christian Brothers 2-0.
Roseville beat Rosemont 10-4 in tonight's opener, then Granite Bay defeated Ponderosa 7-3 in the nightcap.
That leaves Oak Ridge as the last team standing from another league.
The Sierra Valley Conference champions will play Rocklin at 5 p.m. on Monday, then Roseville faces Granite Bay at 8 p.m. in the first game of a best of three series.
Rocklin has won two of the last three D-II championships, beating Granite Bay both times in the final. Ponderosa beat Del Oro 3-2 on walk-off two-run homer with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the seventh in 2008, otherwise it would three-for-three.
It will be Rocklin's playoff experience and 28-man deep roster against Oak Ridge's remarkable pitching staff. In the nightcap it will be Roseville's nothing-to-lose young bunch against Granite Bay's veterans.