Prep roundup: Nevada Union baseball drops tight one against Oakmont at Raley Field |

Prep roundup: Nevada Union baseball drops tight one against Oakmont at Raley Field

The Union Staff

The Nevada Union junior varsity baseball team poses for a team pic at Raley Field Saturday. NU beat Oakmont 8-3.

The Nevada Union baseball team lost a close one to Oakmont Saturday night, 5-4, under the bright lights of Raley Field in Sacramento.

The Miners (4-2) got a strong outing from Joey Souza from the slab. The senior threw five innings of two-hit baseball, allowing one unearned run while striking out two.

The Vikings (5-0-1) opened up on NU in the sixth with a four run inning against Beau Des Pois. Only two of Oakmont's five runs in the game were earned.

From the plate, the Miners got a strong showing from senior catcher Noah Arriaga with three hits, including a double and an RBI. Dalton Maxwell went 2-for-4 and Brock Grininger also had two hits. Souza added a double in the loss.

The Miners have just one more nonleague matchup Tuesday at Bella Vista before the Sierra Foothill League schedule kicks in March 31 at Rocklin.

JV: Nevada Union 8,

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Oakmont 3

With help from two hits and two errors, the Miners got off to a 2-0 lead over Oakmont in the first inning of a game that was played at Raley Field.

The Miners made it 3-0 in the third after Brad Hedger singled and scored on a safety squeeze play with the bunt being laid down by Brendan McCarthy.

Cain Lackey started on the mound for the Miners and pitched well all day. Lackey scattered three hits over seven innings while striking out six.

In the fourth inning, the Miners had a chance to break the game wide open. NU got a run early when Weston Gaddis scored on a wild pitch. With Austin Butler on third base James Schnitzius hit a fly ball to right field. What looked like a sure sacrifice fly was nullified when the umpire ruled that Butler had left early from third base.

Now with two outs the Miners reeled off three more runs with the big hit coming from Andrew Schnitzius, who drove in Lackey and Hedger with a single to right field.

In the sixth inning, the Miners got their last run on a walk from Tim O'Sullivan, who scored on Hedger's third hit of the game.

Lackey was helped by his defense, who turned a double play in the fourth inning when Gaddis got a ground ball, tagged second and threw on to first to complete the play. Andrew Schnitzius threw out a runner at second early in the game to stop an Oakmont rally. Lackey saved his best for last, throwing nine pitches in the seventh and final inning and ending the game with a strikeout.

Bear River 4,

Forest Lake Christian 1

Bear River had scheduled a nonleague game against Highlands Saturday and Forest Lake Christian was set to host Faith Christian, but when the two visiting teams cancelled, the neighboring schools decided to play each other.

In a game that featured just one hit between the two teams, it was the Bruins that took the impromptu game, 4-1.

Tony Bianchi and Brandon Donley combined for a no-hitter for the Bruins. Bianchi went five innings, allowing two walks and one unearned run. Donley pitched the final two innings striking out one and walking one.

The Bruins lone hit came off the bat of a recent junior varsity call up, Jacob Cross, who had a two-run single.

Bear River (5-4, 3-2 Pioneer Valley League) jumps back into league play Wednesday when it faces Lincoln. Forest Lake Christian (2-5, 0-1 Central Valley California League) takes the diamond again today at Delta.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232. deadline for submission is 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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