Alumni Notebook: Reina slugs two HRs in Summit League Championship |

Alumni Notebook: Reina slugs two HRs in Summit League Championship

Alyssa Reina, a 2012 Bear River graduate, slugged two homers for No. 1 seed North Dakota State University this weekend as the Lady Bison hosted the Summit League Championship tournament and finished in second place after being knocked off by No. 2 seed Fort Wayne in a winner-take-all championship game.

North Dakota State started off well Thursday with a 4-3 win over the No. 4 seed, Kansas City, where Reina started at catcher batting fifth and went 2-for-3 at the plate. On Friday in its second game, North Dakota State was knocked into the loser’s bracket with a 2-0 loss to Fort Wayne as Reina went 1-for-3 batting. Friday evening in the semifinals, the Lady Bison eliminated Kansas City 6-5 as they rallied for five runs in the fifth inning and Reina led off at the top of the order starting at catcher to finish 3-for-5 batting with a double and a run scored. On Saturday, North Dakota State squared off with Fort Wayne, needing to beat it twice. Reina started as designated player batting first and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the top of the third inning and scored two runs as her team rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and won 7-4. In the winner-take-all championship game Saturday afternoon, Reina also led off as designated player and went 1-for-3 with her eighth long ball of the season in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Bison led 4-3 after five innings but surrendered three runs in the top half of the sixth and another in the seventh as they fell 7-4.

North Dakota State (33-16, 17-1) won the regular season Summit League championship, and Reina ended her freshman campaign batting .292 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and a .511 slugging percentage.

Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Phelps and the Sierra College softball squad played in the 2013 Northern California Super Regionals this past week and made it to Sunday before being eliminated from the tournament in the championship game.

The Lady Wolverines started with a big 14-4 win over Big 8 Conference foe Sacramento City College on Friday, but then lost to Shasta Community College 4-3 Saturday. In the victory Sierra College’s pitching allowed just five hits for the game. In the loss Phelps started on the mound and pitched a complete game. Over seven innings Phelps yielded eight hits, three earned runs and struck out two batters, but the Lady Wolverines only came up short with one run in the top of the seventh in their final at bat. Later that day Phelps hurled another complete game and came out on top as her team defeated Fresno 7-5. In the victory Phelps allowed five earned runs off 10 hits, surrendered no walks and struck out one. The Lady Wolverines trailed 2-0, but rallied for one in the bottom of the fourth and scored three in the fifth and three more in the sixth for the comeback win to advance to the championship. Sierra College won its first must-win game in the double-elimination tournament Sunday beating Shasta 9-1, but lost to Shasta in the winner-take-all second game 8-0. WIth the victory Shasta moved on to the State Finals. Stats have yet to be released for Sunday’s games.

After an impressive post season run for Phelps the Sierra College Lady Wolverines (32-12-1) now begin their off season.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams ended their regular season with a three-game sweep over New Mexico this past weekend as it outscored its opponent 24-12.

Butterfield started in left field batting eighth and finished the series 2-for-10 batting with a walk and scored two runs. After a close 3-2 victory in the opening game Colorado State won its next two easily as its bats cam alive to score 21 runs off 24 hits. The sweep gave Colorado State a share of second place with Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference standings.

The Lady Rams (25-24, 11-7) have finished tied for second in the MWC for two consecutive years and will look to improve next season.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 2 ranked Lady Ducks already had the Pac-12 Conference title in their back pocket when they took the field for a three-game series at No. 5 Arizona State this past weekend.

Oregon lost the first two games of the series and won the third. In Thursday’s 2-0 loss Ceo started at short stop batting second and went 0-for-2. In a 5-3 loss on Friday the Lady Ducks out-hit their opponent 8-6, but allowed four runs in the bottom of the third inning and couldn’t recover. Ceo finished 1-for-2 batting. In the series’ final game Saturday Ceo rested as Oregon scattered five hits and scored runs in the first three innings as it won 4-2.

Oregon (46-9, 19-5 Pac-12) readies itself for the NCAA regionals where it will begin Thursday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas— The No. 4 Lady Longhorns won in walk-off fashion in nine innings Sunday against Baylor to conclude their regular season.

Ceo started at shortstop batting ninth and finished 0-for-3 at the plate with two put outs on defense. With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth senior Kim Bruins hit an RBI-single to right field to give her team a 2-1 win.

Texas (44-8, 14-4 Big 12) finished in second place in the Big 12 Conference two games back of Oklahoma and earned its passage to the NCAA regionals where it will play Friday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs wrapped up their 2013 regular season campaign with a three-game sweep versus UNLV as they outscored their opponent 14-2.

In the first two games Mathis started in right field batting ninth and finished with a pinch-hit appearance in the final game as she went 0-for-5 at the plate with a walk and a run scored over the three-game span.

San Diego State (35-18, 13-5) won the Mountain West Conference beating out Fresno State and Colorado State by two games and advanced to the NCAA regionals where action will begin Thursday.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins went 4-3 this past week as he entered two games as middle relief and pitched 2 1/3 innings.

In Tuesday’s 6-1 victory at Boston, Roenicke threw two innings and allowed one hit, a home run, surrendered two walks and also struck out a batter. In a 9-6 loss versus Baltimore on Friday the Twins brought Roenicke into the game in the sixth inning with a 6-0 lead, but it didn’t last long as he yielded three earned runs off four hits in 1/3 inning. The Orioles continued their rally in the seventh with three more runs to tie it and put up three more in the top of the 10th to complete the comeback.

The Twins (17-17) host a three-game series versus the White Sox beginning today.

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons were eliminated in from the California Community College Athletic Association’s Super Regionals with a loss Friday and Saturday.

Welz started in right field batting third for the Falcons and did his share going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-single, but the No. 1 seed Santa Rosa pounded out 19 hits and scored six runs in the six inning to take a 9-1 lead. Solano responded with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, but fell short in a 13-3 loss as its defense also committed four errors. In Saturday’s must-win game against Chabot the Falcons out-hit their opponent 12-7, but lost 7-4 as they committed four errors on defense. Welz turned in another solid performance batting 2-for-5 with a run scored. Both teams scored a run in the first inning, but Chabot went on to plate runs in six of the nine innings for the victory.

Welz finished the season batting .331 and led the team with 11 doubles and 32 runs scored. Solano (23-16) now enters its off season.


Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — The UCCS men’s golf team qualified for the national championships after a strong finish at the final round of the 2013 NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional Championships Wednesday at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

The Mountain Lions finished fourth out of twenty teams and Biersdorff led the way for his team with back-to-back even-par rounds to close out the tournament. His scores of 74 (+2), 72 and 72 tied him for 31st overall among the 108 golfers in the field as UCCS edged out Cal State Stanislaus by two strokes to grab the final qualifying spot. The Mountain Lions finished with a combined score of 861 (-3), which was just seven strokes behind tournament winner California State Monterey Bay.

The NCAA Division II National Championships will be held May 20-24 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. It’s the first trip to the national championships for UCCS since the 2008-09 season.

Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ’12) Folsom Lake Community College– The Folsom Lake Community College men’s golf team didn’t fare so well at the Nor Cal Championships last Monday at Diablo Grande Golf Club in Patterson as the team came in fourth overall out of five teams.

Despite the team not moving on to the state championships, two individuals on the Falcons did qualify, sophomores Tom Crowther and Joel Slak. Tiller posted rounds of 75 and 77, which was the third best on his six-man team. Folsom finished the opening round in the morning in third place, but it was the afternoon round that proved unkind as three Falcons shot in the 80s.

Slak and Crowther will compete in the state championship at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel today..


Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense as his team won 44-13 against the South Bay Stallions on Saturday in San Jose.

McCary has six tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 33 sacks, 18 forced fumbles, 18 interceptions and allows just 10.3 points per game.

The Delta Ducks (8-0) fly solo in first place in the Pacific Coast Football League and finish their season with two more road games with the first coming at the California Rhinos on Saturday in Hayward.

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