The Nevada Union baseball team earned its first Sierra Foothill League win of the season Tuesday, topping Granite Bay, 3-1.
The Miners got a stellar performance on the mound from senior Cody Gardner. The crafty right-hander went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run, five hits while walking three and striking out one.
Nick Eccarius got the save for NU, coming into a bases loaded situation in the top of the seventh with just one out. Eccarius got the Grizzlies to pop up to third base and a fly out to center field to close the game.
From the plate, Gardner helped himself out with an RBI single, Jakob Freele had three hits in the lead-off position, Kyle Upton added an RBI and Matt Paruszkiewicz gave the Miners some insurance with an RBI double in the sixth.
Dylan Conger was especially effective at catcher for NU, gunning out three would be base stealers on the day.
The win comes on the same day the Sacramento Bee ranked Granite Bay as the top team in boys baseball for the Sacramento area.
NU gets another crack at Granite Bay Thursday at Ted White Field.
Bear River 4, Colfax 3
The Lady Bruins are in control of the Pioneer Valley League after edging Colfax by a run Tuesday.
With the home win, Bear River is now 4-0 in PVL play and a half game ahead of Lincoln and Placer in the standings.
In the one-run win, the Lady Bruins relied on the impressive arm of freshmen fire-baller Nerissa Long.
The hard throwing starting pitcher threw a complete game, striking out 12 and walking six while allowing just one hit and two earned runs. Long is now 6-5 overall this season, but 4-0 in PVL play. She boasts a sub 1.5 ERA to go with 117 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched this season.
From the plate, the Lady Bruins were led by Rachel Last, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Mya Shine added a pair of hits, Alex Alfkie also had a base knock and Long helped herself out with a pair of hits as well.
In the win over rival Colfax, Bear River out hit the Falcons 13-1, but six errors by the Lady Bruins kept the game close.
The Lady Bruins (7-8, 4-0 PVL) are back at it Thursday when they travel to face Center.
JV: Rocklin 25, Nevada Union 3
The Lady Miners had no answer for the Rocklin offense Tuesday falling by 22.
For NU, Hannah Adams was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, Emma Zoellin ripped a double, Devinity Buendia also added a double, Bailey Kennedy went 2-for-2 and Emily Sasville chipped in a base hit.
Nevada Union hits the diamond again today when they host Roseville.
Forest Lake Christian 5, Highlands 4
The Falcons avenged their only league loss from a season ago, slipping by Highlands on a windy Tuesday afternoon.
The FLC No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams on both the boys and girls sides won giving FLC four points and Megan Gauthier, the Falcons No. 2 individual girl won her match 6-1, 6-0 to give FLC the win.
The Falcons are 7-0 in league play, and can clinch an undefeated season with a win Thursday against Sacramento Country Day.
Bear River 6, Foothill 3
The Bruins kept their playoff hopes alive Tuesday, taking down Foothill in PVL play.
Bear River’s Andrew Leonard improved to 10-1 this season as the Bruins No. 1 boys player winning his match in three sets. Joey Cressa, won the No. 2 boys match, also in three sets. Cressa fell behind in the match, losing the first set 2-6, but bounced back to win the second set 6-3, and the third set 6-4.
Bear River’s No. 1 girl Lauren Kenes also rallied from a set down to win her No. 1 girls individual match, and No. 2 girls individual Cassie Smith won her match in straight sets.
The No. 1 girls doubles team of Lily Carrow and Sofie Cutler improved to 10-1 this season with a straight set victory and the No. 2 girls doubles team comprised of Kirsten Dietrich and McKayle Miller dominated their match 6-0, 6-1.
Bear River is 4-3 in the PVL and take on top team Placer Thursday.
Bear River 226, Foothill 270
The Bruins went to Cherry Island Golf Course and throttled Foothill, beating them by 44 strokes.
Leading Bear River was Jake DePass with a team-low 38. Connor McLendon and Dillon Smith each shot 46 to help the Bruins to the win.
Rocklin 1, Nevada Union 0
Snow flakes fell, strong winds blew and threatening clouds graced the Lady Miner’s as they battled Rocklin Tuesday.
It was an incredible game with some excellent soccer played by the ever strengthening Lady Miners. Rocklin is ranked No. 1 in the SFL and with only two goals scored against them all season.
So when NU opened up with several shots on their goal before they could acclimate to the mountain weather it completely rocked them. It was an even match as each team worked their way from end to end and sent off numerous shot attempts.
Ellie Demartini and Emma Curtis played extremely well in the goal as keepers denying all shots with the acceptation of one. As usual, the back defensive line played like champs; Lilly Collins and Dalas Albano were particularly stellar today under the center defensive directions of Nicole Faker and Meaghan OConnor.
Sara Christal and Erika Lee controlled much of the center field while Delaney Graham, Christine O’Connor, Briea Stewart, and Cayce Shaw pumped one shot after another at the opposing goal. Ella Corbett, Julia Ramirez, and Jessica Phillips plugged up the outside lanes thwarting the attacking Thunder and then worked the ball back up for offensive play.
These girls just keep getting better and better and the games are really exciting to watch. NU plays Granite Bay at Sierra College Thursday.