Several Nevada Union swimmers made a splash Friday, achieving personal best times while competing in the Sierra Foothill League championships at the Roseville Aquatic Center.
Varsity swimmers Parker Rhodes, Grace Baker, Nick Walden, Sydni Robinson, Adriana Marquez, Rich Antonucci, Christie Wurster, Theo Twidwell, Caitlin Wood, Nicole Blaney, Jennifer Larsen, Chase Milhous and Emilee O’Brien all advanced to the second day of action and will compete today in the finals.
Junior varsity swimmers Andrew Pardini, Kei Castleberry, Angela Tackett, Emma Lauterbach, Jessie Naramore, Jordan Mol, Abe King, Stella Porteous, Sam Kruschke, Forest Lee, Danny Kohlener and Paige Whittle all advanced to the second day of action as well.
JV: Roseville 4, Nevada Union 3
The Miners came into the third game of their series with Roseville looking to pull out at least one win in the series.
With some late inning heroics their wish almost came true. The Miners scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within one run, but did not quite complete the comeback as Roseville won the game 4-3.
NU’s pitcher of record was Cain Lackey. Lackey returned to early season form giving up only four hits over 5 1/3 innings. In the sixth inning the Miners booted the ball around just enough for Roseville to break open a 1-1 tie with three runs.
For most of the game it was a pitchers duel as both Lackey and Roseville’s pitcher kept each team’s bats at bay.
NU’s left fielder, Cody Voss, made play after play including an amazing diving catch to end the Roseville threat in the fifth inning to keep the game close.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Kross Corbett started the inning with a stinging double down the left field line and moved to third on a Roseville error. With one out James Schinitzius then plated Corbett with a sacrifice fly. This left the score 4-2 Roseville and the Miners had two outs. Andrew Schnitzius’ hot bat continued when he singled to center. Ryan Elkins ran for Schnitzius and stole second base. Brad Hedger walked. The Miners had the tying and winning runs on base for Lackey. On a dramatic 3-2 pitch Lackey roped a ball into right center field. Roseville’s center fielder tracked down the ball to end the rally and the game.
The Miners travel to Woodcreek on Monday to play their last series of the season.
Frosh: Nevada Union 6,
The Miners rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal a game from Roseville Friday.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Ben Powell led off with a single to get things going for NU. Jonathan Weaver wore a pitch to reach base and a sac bunt by Andrew Link advanced both runners. Sam Hopper got an infield hit to score Powell, but Weaver would get back picked for the second out.
Gary Menary then singled to left and Ty Trathen doubled to tie the game up.
With runners on second and third, Tanner Wirick came through with the walk-off single to give NU the victory.
JV: Nevada Union 15, Del Oro 0
The Lady Miners thumped Del Oro Friday, sweeping the season series with the Golden Eagles and improving their overall record to 11-10-1 this season.
Aycee Willis pitched a gem for NU, going five innings, allowing five hits, two walk and no runs. Willis also helped herself out at the plate with a base knock.
Ashtyn Willis shined offensively with a 4-for-4 day and three runs scored. Gracie Ramos also added three hits and three runs scored in the win.