Bear River’s Nerissa Long can do it all on the softball diamond, and did so on Monday.
The Lady Bruin’s sensational sophomore softball player logged 19 strikeouts Monday as she led the Lady Bruins (8-2) past a tough Whitney team, 2-1, in eight innings.
In addition to the 19 strikeouts, Long walked one batter, hit another and allowed just one earned run and three hits on the day. On the season, Long is 7-2 with 108 strikeouts to just 10 walks.
Long also hit a solo home run in the game against Whitney and knocked in Rachel Last from second base with a double for the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning. Long finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and both of Bear River’s RBIs.
Other Lady Bruins that contributed from the plate with base hits were Indyia Vierra, Dayna Wicks, Arielle Koerber, Maddie Ferri and Last.
The Lady Bruins will begin their Pioneer Valley League title defense Thursday when they travel to Center Thursday.
Nevada Union shuts out Las Plumas twice
The Lady Miners took on Las Plumas in a Monday double header, beating the Lady Thunderbirds 6-0 and 13-0.
In the first game, NU got four strong innings from Alexis Deatrick from the circle.
The senior allowed just two hits and struck out two. Lacey Peternell threw the remaining three innings and had six strikeouts.
Sarah Lundmark led the way from the plate with two hits and an RBI. Torri Parman and Emma Zoellin added hits and Lacey Burr notched a triple and two RBIs.
In game two, NU got three more shutout innings from Deatrick and two more innings from Peternell.
Offensively, Shyanne Parrish went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Also getting two hits were Parman, Peternell, and Eden Baker.
The Lady Miners (7-6-2, 0-3 Sierra Foothill League) take the diamond again Wednesday against Woodcreek.
JV: Nevada Union wallops Las Plumas
The Lady Miner JV team, like the varsity squad, had their way with Las Plumas, winning game one 18-2, and game two, 14-0.
Riley Newman tallied the win in game one, pitching all five innings, and Alex Pussich and Aycee Willis combined to pitch a shutout in game two.
Pussich also shined at the plate with five hits and six runs scored between both games.
Gracie Ramos and Aycee Willis both added five hits on the day, and Ashtyn Willis scored three runs. Kaila Lamos added two hits in the a second game, including a triple.
The Lady Miners (9-4, 1-2 SFL) take the field again Wednesday against Woodcreek.
Bear River 5, Colfax 2
The Lady Bruins trailed 1-0 to Colfax at halftime, but exploded for five goals in the second half to beat the Lady Falcons Monday.
Maddi Dunn netted two goals for Bear River, and Lauren Runte, Savannah Wirth and Cameron Ramsour each added a goal in the win.
Jessie Cregar held down the goalkeeping duties for Bear River, allowing two goals, one of which came on a penalty kick.
Bear River (6-2, 1-0 PVL) will next face Center Wednesday.
Forest Lake Christian 7, Highlands 2
The Falcons are 3-0 after taking it to Highlands Monday.
In a dominating day for Forest Lake Christian, all four singles players won.
No. 1 boys player Scott Gauthier won his match 6-2, 6-2. No. 2 boys player Mitchell Gruner won 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 girl Jessica Burnett won 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 girl Sydney Foliente won 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 boys doubles match FLC’s Sean Kadera and Christian Ashworth won 10-6. No. 2 boys doubles team of Austyn Smith and Jacob Shifler won 10-0. And, the No. 2 girls doubles team of Lauren Piner and Rachel Lupo won 10-6.
Miners put 3 on podium
Three Nevada Union mountain bike team riders medaled in Division I action last weekend at the NorCal High School League mountain bike race held at Fort Ord in Monterey.
Hanging on to the leader’s jersey, Liam Ruff remains undefeated with a first place finish in the sophomore boys group.
Alec Seivert took fourth in boys varsity while his sister, Jessica Seivert, placed fifth on the podium riding in freshman girls.
Coach Donald Hoffler said the Miners are getting stronger with several other top 10 finishers amongst Nevada Union riders.
“The team did well today,” Hoffler said. “We moved up in many positions across the board, most of our kids ratcheted up in the standings so we’re really encouraged, we’re going to peak at the end.”
With two more races to go, including conference championships, the Miners remain sixth in the league’s North Division I behind fifth place San Rafael.
Ruff, both Seiverts and several other NU riders are expected to qualify for the High School Mountain Biking State Championships, pitting NorCal riders against riders from the SoCal league May 11.
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