The Bear River Bruins are off to a strong start at the 57th annual Selma Kiwanis Easter Baseball Tournament in Fresno.
The Bruins (5-7, 2-2 Pioneer Valley League) have won two of their first three games and now sit just one win away from a berth in the championship game.
After going 1-1 Monday, Bear River won its lone Tuesday game, defeating Sequoia, 7-2.
The Bruins’ Jake Sypnicki was especially impressive on the mound, throwing 121 pitches on his way to pitching a complete game. Sypnicki struck out five along the way, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.
From the plate, Bear River’s Brodie Beck was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, David Chorjel added an RBI knock, Brandon Donley chipped in a base hit as the designated hitter, and Sypnicki helped himself out with two hits and two RBIs.
In the Bruins’ win over Sequoia, a Division II school, they committed no errors for the first time this season.
In Monday’s action, the Bruins opened the tournament with a 9-2 victory over Chavez. The Bruins got a complete game on the mound from John Burgess. The senior threw 100 pitches in seven innings of action, struck out six, walked one and allowed just one earned run.
From the plate, the Bruins were led by Chorjel with two hits, including a double and three RBIs, Andrew Reiss added a double and two RBIs, Sypnicki had a pair of hits to go with a pair of RBIs, Travis Anderson went deep, his second home run of the season, and Andrew Harris added a base hit.
In the Bruins’ one loss in the tourney, they fell, 10-5, to Chowchilla, but if it weren’t for a seventh inning in which Chowchilla scored five unearned runs, Bear River may have been able to pull that one out as well.
Reiss took the loss on the mound for Bear River.
On the offensive end, the Bruins got multi-hit games from Sypnicki, Beck, Reiss and Chorjel, as well a base knock from senior Michael Raigoza.
Bear River gets an early start today, playing at 10 a.m against Riverdale, which is 0-3 in the tourney, with the possibility of a championship game berth on the line. If the Bruins win, they will play in the championship game at 7 p.m. today.
Forest Lake Christian 14,
San Juan 5
The Falcons had little problem getting their fifth victory of the season Tuesday, thumping San Juan on the road by nine runs.
Jacob Yarborough got the win on the mound, throwing 4 2/3 innings and striking out six. Mike Rubio finished the game off from the slab, striking out six in 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Falcon offense was led by Kyle Soria’s 2-for-4 day, including a three-run dinger and four total RBIs. Daniel Cuneo added a pair of doubles and an RBI in the win.
FLC and San Juan link up again at 4 p.m. Thursday on the Falcon’s home diamond.
El Diamante 5,
Nevada Union 3
The Miners trailed by three heading into their half of the sixth inning, then rallied to tie El Diamante at 3-3, only to see their hopes of a win slip away on a two-run error in the seventh.
It was the second loss in two days for Nevada Union at the Lions Tournament in San Diego.
NU (5-4) gave up two unearned runs in the seventh inning on a throwing error to first base that allowed two El Diamante runners to score, giving the Miners from Visalia the edge they needed to take the game.
NU’s Cody Gardner went the first six innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Beau Des Pois came in to pitch for NU in the seventh after Gardner walked the first two batters of the inning.
From the plate, Nevada Union’s Nick Eccarius was 2-for-2, and Kyle Upton was 2-for-3.
NU takes the diamond again today when it faces La Jolla
Freshmen: Nevada Union 4, Bella Vista 3
The Miners avenged an early season loss to Bella Vista Tuesday by taming the Broncos at the Del Campo Tournament.
Nevada Union got strong outings on the mound from Cain Lackey and Austin Butler. Cain started the game, throwing the five solid innings, and Butler finished the game, pitching the final two innings.
Cain was also 2-for-4 from the plate.
Josh Blythe added a key hit late in the game, and catcher Andrew Schnitzius hit well and played a great game from behind the plate, said NU coach Craig Fleenor.
“I get the feeling this could be a good recipe for our club,” Fleenor wrote in an email. “Throw strikes, play good defense and you give yourself a chance to win. That’s what we’re doing so far.”
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