In a back and forth affair between the two softball rivals, it came down to the final play Tuesday at Bear River.
The Lady Bruins battled into extra-innings with the Lincoln Lady Zebras, even falling behind 5-3 in the eighth inning, but Bear River refused to lose.
The Lady Bruins plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring the game-winning run with two outs when Mikayla Laymance took advantage of a throwing error and scurried home to give Bear River the 6-5 victory.
Laymance, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, was mobbed at home plate as the team celebrated the thrilling come-from-behind victory.
Freshmen pitcher Nerissa Long threw all eight innings, allowing eight hits, and no earned runs while striking out 11. Long also had an RBI and was intentionally walked three times.
On the offensive end for Bear River, Myah Shine tallied two doubles, Dayna Byers and Andrea Hardin each had an RBI, and Alex Ecke placed two critical sacrifice bunts.
Bear River (9-8, 6-0 Pioneer Valley League) has won seven straight games and is now in the PVL driver’s seat with a two-game advantage over second-place Placer. The Lady Bruins take the diamond again Thursday against Foothill and face Placer April 30.
Nevada Union 3, Jesuit 1
The Miners bounced back nicely from their Monday loss to Granite Bay by beating Jesuit in four sets Tuesday.
Austin Marks led the way for NU with 10 kills, Lucas Vojak and Evan Kittle each had nine.
Trevor Bryant moved the ball around well with 33 assists to go with five kills.
The Miners get back to Sierra Foothill League play today when they host Del Oro.
Del Oro 2, Nevada Union 1
The Miners were an out away from the win Tuesday, but the Golden Eagles proved the game is never over, until the last out is made.
Nevada Union had held a 1-0 lead for most of the game after Matt Paruszkiewicz’s RBI hit in the first inning, but Del Oro would score one in the top of the seventh to force extras.
Then they took the lead in the top of the eighth on an RBI hit, to which NU had no answer in their half of the inning.
Cody Gardner threw an impressive game for NU, going seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out two. Gardner ended with a no-decision.
The Miners (8-11, 1-6 Sierra Foothill League) are back Thursday when they travel to Del Oro.
Center 5, Bear River 4
The Bruins came close to knocking off one of the PVL’s elite Tuesday, but fell just one point short as Center took the match and the season series.
For Bear River, Andrew Leonard continued to show he is one of the league’s best with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the No. 1 boys singles competition. Leonard concludes PVL play with an 8-2 record.
Joey Cressa notched a win for the Bruins in the No. 2 boys singles competition with 7-6, 6-3 victory.
No.1 girls doubles team of Lily Carrow and Sofie Cutler continued their stellar season, winning 6-1, 7-5, to move to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in PVL play.
Rounding things out for Bear River was a win by their No. 2 boys doubles team of Garrett Kenes and Hayden Moore who won a thriller, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.
For Leonard, next up will be the PVL singles tournament on Thursday, with the doubles tournament to follow on Friday.
Nevada Union 194, Roseville 245
Don’t count the Miners out of the playoff race just yet.
With their Tuesday win over Roseville, they still hold out hope for a post-season berth, said head coach Hank Davidson.
In Tuesday’s action, Bradley Carrion and Logan Lowe led NU, both shooting 37. Derek Frank was next with a 39, Bert Heinzelman finished with a 40 and Andrew Puleo rounded things out with a 41.
The Miners look to stay alive in that playoff race Thursday when they host Woodcreek at Alta Sierra Country Club.
Colfax 221, Bear River 249
The Bruins couldn’t keep pace on the links Tuesday, falling to Colfax in a PVL matchup.
Leading Bear River was Jake DePass with a 41, Dillon Smith shot a 46, Ian Armstrong was next with a 53, Connor McLendon closed with a 54 and Cody Heard rounded things out with a 55.
Bear River (4-6, 4-5 PVL) are back on the links again Thursday against Center.
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