Maddie Phelps, a 2012 Bear River graduate, and the Sierra College softball team won the Northern Super Regional tournament at Solano College.
Sierra College took on Santa Rosa College in the opener and it started out to be a slugfest as Sierra College score 10 runs in the bottom of the first and then Santa Rosa College came back and chased the Sierra College starter by scoring runs of their own. Phelps entered the game in the second inning and ended any remaining threat by getting a ground ball to second base, getting out of the inning with a 10-6 lead.
Sierra College continued to score runs as the Wolverines plated six more to increase the lead to 16-6 in the bottom of the second inning.
Phelps gave up two runs in third, the last that Santa Rosa would score in route to the 21-8 final score.
Phelps pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, two runs with no walks for the win. Phelps also shined from the plate with two singles, two runs scored and had an RBI in her best hitting game of the season.
Sierra College then took on host Solano College on Saturday and prevailed with a 7-6 win.
In the top of the seventh, Solano College made a comeback as they collected two singles before a fielder’s choice for the first out. Solano closed the score to 7-6 on a single to left field. With the tying run at second and go ahead run at first, Phelps entered the game. On her first pitch, the batter hit a grounder to third for a force out leaving runners still at first and second bases. Phelps got the last batter to line out to left field for the save.
Sierra College would then play Solano College who won two games to get back into the finals.
The Wolverines would continue scoring runs as Sierra College left no doubt with a 10-1 win and will heading to Bakersfield Friday to take on Santiago Canyon College at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the 2014 CCCAA Softball State Championship.
Courtney Ceo (Bear River ‘10; University of Oregon) and the No. 1 ranked Ducks (49-7-1) earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament after finishing the season as Pac-12 champs.
Leading into the NCAA regionals, Oregon took two out of three from Arizona to close the Pac-12 season.
Against No. 9 Arizona, Ceo went 6-for-12 with three runs scored. On the season, Ceo, a senior, started all 57 games for Oregon, mostly at third base, leading the Ducks in batting average (.481), runs (54), total bases (109), hits (87) and triples (3). Ceo also had three home runs and 14 stolen bases during the regular season.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (33-21) split a two-game set with Baylor last week.
Stephanie Ceo, playing second base, went 0-for-5 in the short series.
The sophomore has started all 54 games this season for Texas and is fifth on the team this season with a .333 batting average. She also has five doubles, three triples and two home runs.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ‘01 — Syracuse Chiefs-Triple-A) got the start for the Chiefs last Monday, throwing four innings, allowing three hits, three walks and no runs while striking out three. Roenicke took a no-decision in the game and is 0-2 this season with a 4.42 ERA in eight appearances (four starts, four out of the bullpen).
Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ‘12; Folsom Lake Community College) and the Falcons had high hopes entering the NorCal Regional championship May 6 at Mayacama Country Club in Santa Rosa.
The Big 8 Champs played well during the morning round while recording a team score of 381, emerging with a one stroke lead and knowing that just 18 holes stood between them and a trip to the State Championship tournament. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the wheels fell off in the afternoon round as they struggled in with a score of 405, leaving them in fourth place and eight strokes from a berth in the State Championship.
Tiller shot a two-day total of 164.