The Bear River and Nevada Union softball teams made it official Friday. The prep softball season has begun.
The Lady Miners hosted and subsequently handled the Lady Bruins, 11-1, in five innings in the season opener for both teams.
Capitalizing on 13 drawn walks and a home run from Shyanne Parrish, the Lady Miners earned the non-league win over Bear River.
“This year, we have the drive to win,” Parrish said. “We haven’t beat them in 10 years and this feels good.”
Parrish’s towering solo shot to center field opened the flood gates for a four-run third inning, that extended NU ‘s lead from 2-0 to 6-0.
It was Parrish’s first varsity home run.
“She threw it up the middle and I just got a hold of it,” she said.
That was more than enough run support for NU’s sophomore pitcher Lacey Peternell. The hard throwing righty pitched four innings, gave up five hits, walked five, struck out four and allowed one unearned run.
Peternell was especially effective with runners in scoring position. The Lady Bruins stranded eight runners, and left the bases juiced in the second after loading them with no outs. Peternell struck out two batters after walking them loaded and got the final out on a groundout to first.
“It was her first time out for our school I thought she did a great job,” NU head coach Kelly Boren said. “We got some things to work on, but she throws well enough where we’re going to win if we score some runs for her.”
Bear River’s freshman pitcher Narissa Long struggled to find the zone walking 13 while striking out seven.
The Lady Bruins’ offense was led by Mikayla Laymance with a double, Dana Byers also had a double, Long added a single, Mya Shine had a base knock and Rachel Last tallied a single.
The Lady Miners only managed four hits against the high velocity pitching of Long. Parrish went 2-for-3 with a home run, a RBI and scored on three occasions. Sarah Lundmark added a double for NU and Cheyanne Ramos hit an RBI single in the fourth.
“I definitely liked the hitting,” Boren said. “If you get some walks and then a hit your going to score some runs, this week we worked hard on hitting.”
In addition to hitting the Lady Miners did quite a bit of running, NU stole 10 bases in the contest.
“We haven’t had the ability in the past,” Boren said. “When your behind it limits what you are doing, you’re not as risky. When you’re able to score some runs it opens it up the offensive game.”
With the win NU (1-0) has half of its win total from a year ago already. The Lady Miners will look to match their 2012 season total Monday when they host Yuba City.
Bear River will look for its first win of the young season March 13 when they battle River Valley.
JV: Nevada Union 19, Bear River 1
The Lady Miners had no trouble in their Friday match with the Lady Bruins earning a 18-run mercy-rule victory.
Nevada Union got a stellar outing on the mound from Eden Baker, who struck out two, walked three, gave up six hits and an earned run in five innings.
From the plate NU’s Hannah Adams went deep and scored three runs, Emma Zoellin was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Kendall Bivona went 2-for-3.
The Lady Miners take the field again Monday when they host Yuba City.
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