Freshman phenom Nerissa Long threw a no-hitter, and Dayna Byers went 4-for-5 with eight RBIs as the Bear River softball team walloped Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill, 16-0, in five innings.
Long went five innings with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
With Long stifling the Lady Mustang offense, Byers provided more than enough support for Bear River. The junior had two doubles, a triple and a single that brought across eight of her teammates.
Also chipping in on the Lady Bruin offensive end was Rachel Last with a 3-for-5 day and two RBIs, Andrea Hardin also drove in a pair of Lady Bruins, and Long helped herself out with a 2-for-5 day.
The win stretches the Lady Bruins’ win streak to eight in a row, and they are now 10-8 overall and 7-0 in the PVL.
The Lady Bruins currently hold a two-game lead over Colfax and Placer with three games left on the schedule.
Bear River travels to face Placer Tuesday and is on the road again Thursday when it faces Colfax. The Lady Bruins close the season May 7 when they host Center.
JV: Rocklin 15,
Nevada Union 6
Despite 13 hits and six runs, the Lady Miners couldn’t keep pace with Rocklin Wednesday afternoon.
Nevada Union had held a 3-2 lead early in the game, but the Thunder broke open the flood gates late and overwhelmed the Lady Miners with hit after hit.
At the plate NU got strong performances from Gracie Ramos with three hits and two runs scored, Devinity Buendia added a triple and two runs scored, Emily Sasville went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Ella Walton chipped in a pair of hits and Kendall Bivona also had two hits.
The Lady Miners (4-12, 0-10 PVL) are back at it today when they host Granite Bay.
Nevada Union 3,
Del Oro 2 F/9 innings
In the second straight extra-inning game between the Miners and the Golden Eagles, it was NU coming out on top Thursday.
Playing on Del Oro’s home diamond, the Miners and the Golden Eagles both struggled offensively through the first six innings as neither team plated a run until the seventh.
With the game knotted at zero in the top of the seventh, the Miners broke the tie when Kyle Upton dropped a bunt on a squeeze play that plated Zach White who was on third. Matt Paruszkiewicz would add an RBI single to extend the Miner lead to 2-0.
The Golden Eagles responded in their half of the seventh, getting to NU pitcher Ryan McCarthy for the first time in the game with a two-out RBI double that was followed by an RBI single.
McCarthy pitched seven innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four.
In the ninth, the Miners rallied with two outs. Upton reached on an error and Jakob Freele was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Paruszkiewicz then hit a grounder to the short stop who threw the ball away allowing Upton to score the game winning run.
Nick Eccarius picked up the win on the mound for NU, shutting down Del Oro for the final two innings.
The Miners (9-11, 2-6 SFL) conclude the three-game series with Del Oro at 11 a.m. Saturday at home.
JV: Nevada Union 9, Del Oro 7
The Miners jumped out to an early 8-2 lead and held on against a fierce Golden Eagle push to win the SFL matchup and move to 9-10-1 overall and 3-5 in league.
The hot bats of Nolan Fillman and Christian Straub contributed to the big lead. NU’s offense was led by Straub’s 3-for-4 performance (a home run away from the cycle). Dalton Maxwell and Brock Grininger each had two RBIs.
Defensively the Miners were solid with key defensive plays by Maxwell at shortstop, Grininger at first base, a diving catch by Straub, and steady play at third base by Jonathan Finau.
Chris Sardo picked up his first SFL win. In 57 1/3 total innings of work Sardo has 79 strike outs (tied for the team lead with Straub). After struggling in the sixth inning Sardo was replaced by Jordan Jiannino who calmly shut down the Golden Eagles last attempts at a come back.
The Miners take on Del Oro again at Del Oro Saturday to see who will come away with the series victory.
Forest Lake Christian 12, Delta 6
The Falcons clinched the No. 2 spot in the Central Valley California League Thursday with a six-run win over Delta.
Kyle Soria threw a complete game for the Falcons and tallied 12 strikeouts along the way.
Wils Riley led the offensive charge with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Hunter Phillips added a pair of RBIs and Jarrod Hankins chipped in a hit in the win.
The Falcons are back at it Monday against Sacramento Waldorf.
Lujan sets school record, wins league title
Mikaela Lujan, a sophomore, continued to dominate by easily winning the girl’s varsity league diving championships, and in the process set a new NU record with 449 points, eclipsing the All-American qualifying score by 70 points.
She also outscored all of the boys by almost 50 points. A video of her dives will be sent to be evaluated against other divers nationally to select the All-Americans.
Lujan was winning after the first dive and continued to outpace the other divers moving further ahead with every round.
Chase Van Liew from Del Oro won the boys varsity competition with 402 points. Adam Seifert, a senior at NU, finished second, finishing just nine points behind Van Liew and only three points short of the NU dive school record set by Trevor Foster in 2008. Seifert score was an All-American qualifying score.
Austin Foote, a junior from NU was third and Lloyd Tom, a senior was fifth. NU far outscored all other teams in the boy’s competition.
Based on their performance, Seifert, Lujan and Foote qualified as All-League selections.
Forest Lake Christian 5, Sacramento Waldorf 0
The Lady Falcons inched closer to a playoff berth Thursday with a blowout win over Central Valley Christian League foe Sacramento Waldorf.
Forest Lake Christian got four goals from junior Sarah Ponce and a fifth goal from Sarah Jeffries.
Defensively the Lady Falcons completely shut down Sacramento Waldorf, who only tallied one shot on goal, which FLC goal tender Riley Ballard successfully fended off.
FLC is in a battle for second place in the CVCL with Delta who they will face Wednesday at home.
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