Alumni Notebook: Maddie Phelps leads Sierra College softball squad, pitches complete game in weekend sweep of Santa Rosa |

Alumni Notebook: Maddie Phelps leads Sierra College softball squad, pitches complete game in weekend sweep of Santa Rosa

Sierra College hurler Maddie Phelps pitches during a Big 8 Conference softball game Saturday at Santa Rosa.
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Maddie Phelps, a 2012 Bear River graduate, had two impressive outings in the pitcher’s circle Saturday as Sierra College took beat Santa Rosa College twice.

Phelps pitched a complete game in a 7 – 4 victory yielding seven hits, one walk, three earned runs and struck out two as she won her first Big 8 Conference game to improve her record to 6 – 1 on the season. Phelps limited Santa Rosa to one unearned run after two innings as she escaped out of bases loaded jams, then settled down as Santa Rosa went hitless until the seventh inning. In the second game, Phelps surrendered four hits and three runs as Santa Rosa mounted a comeback, but Sierra College closed the door as the Wolverines first basemen made an outstanding play to end the game and hold on, 11-4.

Last weekend, Phelps also picked up two wins at the Bash on Fresno Tournament. In the first game Saturday, Mar. 2, Phelps pitched a complete game against Taft College allowing four hits while fanning four, walking one without giving up an earned run on her way to a 9-1 victory. Phelps recorded her second win of the tournament against San Jose in an extra inning thriller as Sierra College scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to win, 4-3. In the top of the eighth with a runner placed on second (international extra inning rule) Phelps induced three consecutive ground balls which were played flawlessly by the Wolverines infield. She pitched all eight innings scattering eight hits with a pair of strikeouts, yielding no walks and two earned runs.

Sierra College will host Consumnes College Tuesday.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01); Minnesota Twins– Roenicke pitched in two games last week going a pair of innings in each outing as the Twins split.

Tuesday in an 8-5 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, Roenicke threw two innings striking out one and yielding two hits, a walk and no runs. Friday in a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox he pitched two more solid innings of middle relief fanning two batters and allowing two walks and one hit.

The Twins (9-7) continue spring ball in the Grapefruit League today against Tampa bay.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks had a rough week as his team went 2-6, finishing 1-3 in two four game series versus Hawaii Hilo and Hawaii Pacific.

Zeisler started all eight games at short stop and finished the week batting 8-for-23, including a 2-for-3 performance where he was left one base three times as Holy Names lost 3-2 to Hawaii Hilo. The Hawks avoided the sweep with an 8-4 win Tuesday where Zeisler went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Friday against Hawaii Pacific, Zeisler’s squad earned a 5-4 win where he went 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-walk and scored a run.

The Hawks (6-13) open a four game set versus Academy of Art Friday..

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons went 3-0 last week with wins over Contra Costa, Mendocino and Los Medanos.

In a 13-4 win over Contra Costa Tuesday, Welz hit 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI-triple and scored twice as his team cruised to victory scattering 15 hits. Thursday Welz was 0-for-2 with two walks as his team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Mendocino, 5-3. Saturday he was 2-for-4 batting with a RBI-single in a 3-0 win over Los Medanos.

The Falcons (10-5) play at Yuba Tuesday.


Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins went 0-2 last week losing a pair of games Saturday against Grand Canyon University.

Harris started from the circle in the opener and threw two innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs while striking out one as her team lost 16-2. Dominican struggled offensively putting up just three hits and didn’t help its cause committing four errors on defense. Harris rested the second game as her team fell 3-0.

Dominican (4-17) plays at Azusa Pacific today.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams played just one game this week and crushed Northern Colorado 10-0 in five short innings.

In Wednesday’s pummeling, Butterfield started in center field batting second in the order and went 2-for-2 batting with a walk and scored twice as she picked up two RBIs on a double to contribute to an eight-run third inning.

The Lady Rams (9-12) play at the San Diego Classic beginning Friday.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 8 ranked Lady Ducks went 2-1 at Fresno State Classic this weekend with one of their games was rained out.

Friday versus San Diego State Ceo was 1-for-3 at the plate as she bunted in the game’s winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give her team a 3-2 victory. Saturday against Iowa State Ceo was 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles and scored her team’s only run as Oregon surrendered two runs in the bottom of the sixth to lose, 2-1. Ceo continued her hitting streak the next game going 2-for-4 and scoring a run as her team pulled out a 4-2 win over St. Mary’s.

Oregon (21-4) hosts New Mexico in a double-header Wednesday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas — The No. 10 Lady Longhorns went 4-0 last week outscoring their opponents 30-5 sweeping a double-header versus Louisiana Lafayette Wednesday and winning two more against Texas State Friday and Sunday.

Texas opened with a 9-4 win Wednesday as Ceo started at second base and went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI-double to bring home a pair of runs. In the second game, Ceo was 0-for-2 as her team won 7-1. Friday in a 7-0 win Ceo was 0-for-1 batting as the Lady Longhorns pitching held Texas State to just two hits. Ceo closed out the weekend Sunday hitting 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and scored twice as Texas won easily, 7-0.

Texas (23-3) travels to compete in the Judi Garman Classic beginning Thursday in Fullerton.

Alyssa Reina (Bear River, ’12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison went 3-1 at the Long Beach State Invitational last weekend.

Friday the lady Bison opened with a 1-0 win over UNLV in a game which went nine innings and had only four hits. Reina started at catcher and was 0-for-2 batting, but contributed eight put outs on defense. Saturday in a 3-0 victory against Weber State, Reina was 1-for-2 batting with a run scored, a walk and a two-run homer to left field in the second inning. In the second game of the day versus UC Santa Barbara, Reina was 1-for-3 at the plate with a single and scored twice as her team won, 7-1. In the final game of the tournament Sunday North Dakota State suffered a 5-4 loss to Long Beach State with Reina going 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. The Lady Bison jumped out to a 4-3 lead as they scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t hold on as Long Beach rallied for two runs in the bottom half.

North Dakota State (10-11) faces a tough task when it plays at No. 9 ranked UCLA Tuesday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ‘10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs went 2-3 last weekend at the Fresno State Classic.

Mathis began the tournament starting at second base batting second and went 1-for-4 with a single as San Diego State rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and defeat Iowa State, 7-4. In its next game San Diego State fell 3-2 versus No. 8 ranked Oregon on Bear River alumni Courtney Ceo’s walk-off RBI-bunt single for the Lady Ducks. Mathis was 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk. Saturday the Lady Aztecs faced another tough opponent in No. 6 ranked California where Mathis went 0-for-3 batting as her team was held to just one hit for the game in a 1-0 loss. San Diego won its next game 7-0 versus St. Mary’s as Mathis rested. In Sunday’s tournament finale versus No. 23 ranked Oregon State, Mathis was 1-for-2 hitting with a run scored and two RBIs, including an RBI-double which gave her team a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Oregon State rallied to score eight runs in the bottom of the fifth and went on to win, 9-5.

San Diego State (12-12) hosts Iona Tuesday.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union v10); Cal State Stanislaus— The Lady Warriors split a four game series last weekend as they hosted Chico State, falling twice Friday, but winning the final two games Saturday.

In the opening game Nicholson started at first base batting seventh and was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, but her team gave up four runs in the top of the seventh to lose a heartbreaker, 6-5. Smashing an RBI-double in the second game, Nicholson finished 1-for-4 at the dish in a 10-6 loss. Saturday Nicholson was 1-for-2 batting with an RBI-single and a walk as her team hit a walk-off homer to beat Chico State, 2-1. In the second game of the double-header Nicholson went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-single as her team was outhit 9-6, but went on to win 10-5 with the help of four costly errors by Chico State.

Cal State Stanislaus (11-13) travels to open a four game series Friday at Humboldt State.


Patrick Scott (Bear River ’09); Sonoma State– Scott and the Seawolves’ season came to an end Tuesday in the opening round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament as they were eliminated by Cal Poly Pomona, 73-59.

Scott shot 2-of-7 from the floor finishing with six points, four rebounds, one assist and a block. His team held a six point lead midway through the first half, but Cal Poly Pomona went on a 27-6 run and headed into the locker room up by 15 points. The Broncos shot 51.7 percent from the floor for the game and extended its advantage to 22 points in the second half as it cruised to victory. The Seawolves were only 4-of-20 shooting form beyond the arc and were outscored in the paint 40-26.

Sonoma State finished the year with a record of 11-16.

Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ’10); UC Davis– Ritchart played in two home games last week as the Aggies lost both by just four points combined.

Thursday Ritchart came off the bench and contributed 17 minutes shooting 1-of-1 from the floor to finish with three points, two boards, an assist and a blocked shot as the Aggies fell versus Long Beach State in its first ever nationally televised game, 77-76. UC Davis shot better than the 49ers from the field, 51-percent to 44-percent ,but Long Beach dominated the rebounding battle 42-25. The 49ers trailed by seven with just over seven minutes left and went on a 16-4 run to go ahead 75-70. The Aggies had one last opportunity for the win, but the shot didn’t fall. Saturday it was visiting UC Irvine who came into town and rallied for a 88-85 victory. Ritchart contributed 12 minutes off the bench shooting 2-of-4 to finish with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. The Anteaters trailed by 19 points at the half and shot 55-percent from the floor in the second half to take the lead with under three minutes to play.

The Aggies (14-16, 9-9 BWC) open the Big West Tournament against Cal Poly Thursday in Anaheim.

Caroline Reeves (Nevada Union, v08); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Reeves started in two games last week as the Cal Poly Lady Mustangs defeated UC Irvine and lost to Long State.

In Thursday’s 76-36 landslide win over the Anteaters, Reeves shot 3-of-3 from the floor to finish with seven points, two boards, an assists and a steal. Defensively the Lady Mustangs held UC Irvine to just 22.4-percent shooting as they were able to outscore their opponent 49-14 in the second half. Cal Poly controlled the paint out-rebounding the Anteaters 46-25 and also tossed in 27 points off turnovers. Saturday Long Beach State had its way with Cal Poly earning a 71-58 road win. Reeves finished with 12 points shooting 5-of-8 from the floor with six rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block. The Lady Mustangs were outshot 53.1 percent to 33.8 percent and let a 32-27 halftime lead slip away.

Cal Poly (19-10, 13-5 BWC) finished the season in second place only one game back of Pacific in the Big West standings.


Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union, ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — UCCS finished in a tie for eighth in the 16-team field at St. Edward’s Invitational Monday (Mar. 4) and Tuesday last week at Greyrock Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

Biersdorff posted the second-best score on the team with a 151 in two rounds the first day, shooting a 75 in the opening 18 holes to tie for 32nd in the standings. He scored 76 in the second round to finish in a tie for 42nd. Overall Biersdorff finished second for the Mountain Lions, shooting a final round of 80 Tuesday to tally a three-round score of 231.

The Mountain Lions return to action for the Grand Canyon Spring Invitational March 24-25 at the Wigwam Golf Course in Phoenix.

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