Alumni Notebook: Welz honored, Solano wins
Zach Welz, a 2011 Bear River graduate and outfielder for the Solano Community College baseball team, was recently honored as part of being named to the Pre-Season All-American Team for junior colleges in Northern California. Welz started his sophomore year in right field batting second in Solano’s lineup for a weekend series against Diablo Valley College as his Falcons swept, winning the first game, 6-4, in 20 innings Friday at DVC and coming out on top again Saturday, 8-7.
On Friday, Welz went 2-for-7 at the dish with two singles, a walk and a stolen base. Welz singled to right-center in the top half of the 12th inning to drive in a run, but Diablo Valley matched it in the bottom half when it scored on a throwing error to extend the game. Solano broke the silence in the 20th inning with a home run followed by an RBI double to go ahead for the win.
In Saturday’s shortened game, Welz went 1-for-4 at the plate, picked up a stolen base and scored twice, once on a wild pitch in the first inning and again off an RBI single in the second inning. With the game tied 7-7 in the seventh, Solano loaded the bases and DVC walked in the winning run as Solano (2-0) earned the victory.
The Falcons play at the College of San Mateo Saturday.
Patrick Scott (Bear River ‘09); Sonoma State – Scott started in two road games for the Seawolves last week and came away a winner in both, Friday versus Cal State East Bay and Saturday against Cal State Monterey Bay.
In Friday’s 87-70 win, Scott had 12 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor, including six boards, two assists and a steal. Sonoma State drained 54.4 percent of its shots, and Cal State East Bay’s only lead was 2-0. The Seawolves led by a dozen at the break and extended their lead to 25 points after a Scott jumper early in the second half before coasting to an easy 17-point victory. Will Olsem led all scorers with 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting, including nine 3-pointers for the Seawolves.
Sonoma State carried its momentum over to Saturday where it defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 90-81. Scott scored 25 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the floor with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Olsem led the Seawolves with his second consectutive 40-point performance, which included seven 3-pointers as the Seawolves shot 56.9 percent as a team. Monterey’s largest lead equaled just two points early in the first half, and Sonoma State led by as many as 16. The Seawolves made 14 from beyond the arc, while the Otters only converted five. Sonoma State led by 11 and never allowed Cal State Monterey Bay to get closer than five points down the stretch as it made its free-throws to pull out the win.
Sonoma State (8-10, 5-9 CCAA) returns home to take on Cal State Stanislaus Friday and Chico State Saturday.
Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis — Ritchart started in a conference road game Saturday as the Aggies fell to University of the Pacific, 77-64.
In the loss, Ritchart scored a team-high 22 points, shooting 6-of-15 from the floor, including five 3-pointers, four assists, three boards and a blocked shot. The Aggies were outscored in the paint 24-18, surrendered 21 points off turnovers and gave up 10 second-chance points, which all contributed to a double-digit loss. UC Davis never led, falling behind early 14-2 before roaring back to tie the game 34-34 with about two minutes remaining in the first half. An assist by Ritchart later helped tie the game again 41-41 early in the second half, but the Tigers overpowered the Aggies down the stretch to pull away for the win.
UC Davis (8-12, 4-5 BWC) continues its road trip versus UC Santa Barbara Thursday.
Caroline Reeves (Nevada Union, ‘08); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Reeves started in two home games last week as the Cal Poly won both, Thursday against Cal State Fullerton and Saturday versus UC Riverside.
In Thursday’s 78-40 rout, Reeves tossed in six points, shooting 3-of-4 for the game, including two blocks and a board. The Mustangs made 57.1 percent of their shots while the Titans made just 28.8 percent. Cal Poly held a 33-24 lead at the break, and a 15-0 run in the second half extended its lead to 67-32. The Mustangs outscored the Titans 29-7 with points off turnovers and 46-18 on points in the paint on their way to an easy win.
Cal Poly kept its winning streak alive Saturday as it convincingly defeated UC Riverside, 79-56. Reeves dropped in 4-of-7 shots to finish with eight points, including six boards and three assists. The Mustangs’ offense was solid from 3-point land, making 8-of-14 attempts. Cal Poly also won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Highlanders 36-10 and converted nine more free throws. The Mustangs never trailed and built a comfortable 45-18 lead at halftime, which was never threatened as they went on for their second straight double-digit victory.
Cal Poly (12-8, 6-3 BWC) currently sits tied for second and travels to take on Big West Conference leader Pacific Thursday.
Dillon Virva (Nevada Union, 12’); University of Nevada Las Vegas — The UNLV men won their eighth consecutive swim meet Saturday at Las Vegas, winning 166.5-131.5 over previously undefeated Wyoming.
Virva’s four-man team took second place in the men’s 200-yard medley relay, posting a time of 1 minute, 30.61 seconds. Continuing his strokes in the 50 free, Virva won first place with a time of 20.52 seconds, edging a teammate by 0.23 seconds. In the 100 free, he tied for third with a mark of 45.87 seconds.
As part of another four-man group, Virva swam the first leg of the race as his team won first place in the 4-by-100 free relay with a time of 3:01.89.
The UNLV men will go to Monterey Park Feb. 20-23 for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships.
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