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Home runs lift Bear River over Foresthill

A pair of 9-year-old power hitters provided Bear River with all the pop it would need Tuesday in scoring a 13-1 win over host Foresthill in the Area 2 9-10 year-old All-Star tournament.

Bear Belding hit a grand slam home run for Bear River, while Matt Lopez also homered in the win. The win was the third for Bear River in which the team has totaled at least 10 runs in the first inning, according to coach Lance Mansuetti.

“It’s been a lot of fun to watch because there’s a lot of talent on this team, for a 9-10 year-old team,” Mansuetti said. “In practice, we’re practicing plays that go well beyond their years. To see 9 and 10 year olds pull those off to perfection is great.

“In my opinion, these kids are just playing well beyond their years.”

Mansuetti said one of those players made a key defensive play early on, when Foresthill had the bases jammed. Dayton Anderson dove to snag a line drive and then turned the out into a double play to end the inning.

Three pitchers took to the mound for Bear River, including Cole Huckaby, Tyler Toft and Kyle Soria.

The victory moved Bear River into Friday night’s championship game, where they will face the winner of the consolation bracket final. Foresthill fell into the consolation bracket final, where it will play the winner of today’s 5:30 p.m. matchup between Newcastle and Nevada City.

10-11 year olds

Penn Valley 5, Nevada City 4

Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the sixth inning, Penn Valley’s 10-11 year-old All-Stars rallied back for a 5-4 win over Nevada City Tuesday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

Kendall Clark, Anthony Gelphman, Alex Voboril, Clay Coon and Brandon Fouse each contributed to the comeback rally in the sixth. But the game-winning hit came off the bat of Rhys Lyckberg.

Nevada City was led at the plate by Michael Sekerak, who went 2-for-3 hitting. Dylan Conger struck out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings of work on the mound.

Coon and Beau DePois shared the pitching duties for Penn Valley, which advances to Thursday’s championship game.

Nevada City will play Bear River in the consolation bracket final at 5:30 p.m. today.

Late Monday

Major All-Stars

Grass Valley 6, Nevada City 5

The Grass Valley Major All-Stars held on for a another close win Monday night, advancing to the consolation bracket final, by defeating Grass Valley 6-5.

The win was the second straight one-run victory for Grass Valley, which defeated Bear River 5-4 on Saturday.

For Grass Valley, Kyle Selleck had five strikeouts and allowed four hits in three innings of work on the mound. Morgan Monigold pitched the last three innings, striking out five and allowing three hits for Grass Valley.

At the plate, Selleck went 2-for-3 with a double. Also for Grass Valley, John Wiles went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Daniel Hewitt, Zane Davidson, Kalem Semore, Matt Paruszkievicz and Kyle Eysteinsson each had a single.

Nevada City had the potential tying run aboard in the sixth inning, when Alex Charvoz singled. With two outs, however, Charvoz was caught stealing second on a throw from Grass Valley catcher Nick Eccarius and a catch at the bag by Eysteinsson.

Bert Heinzelman had an RBI double for Nevada City, while Skyler Carpenter, Brandon Fabela and Rob Wood each singled. Cameron Townsend had a RBI off a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fifth inning for Nevada City.

Major All-Stars

Penn Valley 3, Sierra Foothill 1

Penn Valley earned a trip to the final round of the Majors All-Star tournament behind a strong pitching performance from Dusty Zeisler on Monday night.

Zeisler struck out 11 while giving up just four hits and no walks. Most of Penn Valley’s offense came on Kyle Cota’s two-run home run.

Penn Valley advanced to today’s championship game, where it will face the winner of Tuesday night’s consolation bracket final between Sierra Foothill and Grass Valley. Results were not available of that game at press time.

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