Bear River blasts Bret Harte |

Bear River blasts Bret Harte

Despite the downpour that drenched most of Northern California Friday, Bear River’s softball squad was able to squeeze in the opening round game of the Jackson Tournament.

And thanks to some hot hitting by the Lady Bruins, the game was called early due to a mercy rule and not wet weather.

Bear River’s three-time defending section champions flexed some offensive muscle early and often and sophomore Erin Nichol pitched four no-hit innings as the Lady Bruins made quick work of Bret Harte in a 15-0 victory.

Nichol, a hard-throwing righthander, struck out eight and walked one for the victory at Argonaut High School.

On the opposite side of the ledger, the Lady Bruins belted out nine hits. Senior Courtney Ceo led the way with a 2-for-4 day with a pair of triples and 2 RBIs. Nichol went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while sophomore classmate Stephanie Ceo doubled and drove in three runs.

Freshman Hallie Heth also doubled, while sophomore Alyssa Reina had a hit with 2 RBIs and senior Taylor Kimble also drove in a run.

Bear River, which improved to 2-1 in nonleague action with the win, returns to the field at 10 a.m. today against host Argonaut in the semifinal round.

Coaches may submit game reports by contacting The Union via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline is 10 p.m.

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