PrepRoundup: Falcons breeze past San Juan
The Forest Lake Christian Falcons tennis squad came away with a convincing 8-1 win at San Juan Tuesday.
“San Juan has always been a close opponent,” said head coach Ralph Burnett. “Although we won 8-1, there was a lot of tough tennis. We had lots of deuce points and were able to come out victorious.”
In singles play, the Falcons were led by Mark Hail and Ralph Foliente, who each won in two straight sets. Hail defeated San Juan’s Vince Vole 6-4, 7-5, while Foliente won a tiebreaker to win his first set as he went on for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory against Stephen Sanchez. For the Lady Falcons, Megan Gauthier stole the show, winning in two flawless sets, 6-0, 6-0. Most of the doubles matches were handled without much of a threat.
Forest Lake Christian (2-0) returns home for its next match versus Highlands at 3 p.m. Friday.
Nevada Union 5, Bella Vista 2
The Nevada Union boys baseball team took care of business Tuesday at home as it came from being down early and rallied in the fifth inning to beat Bella Vista, 5-2.
Senior Cody Gardner got the win for the Miners, throwing five innings and giving up two unearned runs and just two hits. Bella Vista jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but NU responded by scoring twice to take a 2-1 advantage. The Broncos tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth, but that’s when the Miners’ bats came alive. Matt Paruszkiewicz led the way, smashing three hits at the plate to finish 3-for-4. Jakob Freele went 2-for-3 batting, and Gardner also contributed big offensively, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. NU scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and that’s all reliever Nick Eccarius needed as he pitched the final two innings to get the save.
The Miners (3-1) host Yuba City Friday.
Nevada Union splits
The NU girls softball squad hosted a double-header Monday and earned a split decision, losing by one run in the first game but roaring back to crush Colfax by 11 runs in the finale.
In the 3-2 loss, the Lady Miners struggled to get their offense going, and the Falcons made some big defensive plays at key moments to stifle potential rallies. Sophomore pitcher Lacey Peternell started in the circle and threw four innings, yielding three earned runs and striking out three. Peternell helped NU stay in the game by getting out of a couple tight situations with little damage.
Junior center fielder Lacey Burr went 2-for-5 with an RBI on a sacrifice, a run scored and a walk. Alexis Deatrick also contributed from the pitcher’s circle, throwing three scoreless innings to give NU a chance to pull off a comeback, but it couldn’t get it done.
After a disappointing first game, the Lady Miners rallied back and came out fired up, as they took down Colfax 15-4 in game two.
“We have a great group of young women that give us a very balanced and responsible team,” said coach Ben Emery in an email. “After the game, we left the players to discuss the first game among themselves. Like most athletes, I am sure they were harder on themselves than we would have been. I don’t know what they said, but it worked.”
Junior outfielder and catcher Sammy Nolen had a stellar performance, going 2-for-2 at the plate while scoring two runs and collecting three RBIs and pair of walks. Freshman first baseman Savannah Ozuna also added to the slugfest, going 2-for-4 at the dish with a double, an RBI and two runs scoed. Peternell had another good outing on the mound, pitching four strong innings and giving up only one earned run. At the plate, Peternell helped her own cause, hitting 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.
The Lady Miners (5-3-1) play at Granite Bay today.
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The NU boys golf team defeated Lincoln by 22 shots Monday at the par-36 Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
Leading the charge for the Miners and shooting a team-best nine-hole round of 37 was Derek Frank. Logan Lowe posted a solid round, finishing just three strokes over par at 39. Andrew Puelo was NU’s next top scorer, swinging his way to a round of 41. Bert Heinzelman contributed to the team’s success with a score of 43, and Robert Sekerak, fresh off the slopes from NU’s alpine ski team, shot a 44.
The Miners begin Sierra Foothill League play when they host Rocklin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Alta Sierra Country Club.
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