Bear River Mars Roseville’s day
Joey Mar took an otherwise dreary day for the Bear River baseball team and made it all right with one swing of the bat at Richard S. Werntz Field Wednesday.
The score was tied 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs and the bases loaded, when the Bear River senior put his stamp on the Sierra Foothill League matchup against visiting Roseville.
He drove Tiger reliever Adam McIntyre’s first pitch deep down the right-field line for a base hit as the hosts pulled out a 9-8 win.
“It was a fastball, up and a little outside. I saw it all the way,” said Mar, who went 3-for-5. “In practice, when we have two outs, coach always says nothing down the line. After I hit it, I wasn’t sure if was going to drop, but then I saw (that the right fielder) was playing over too far.”
The Bruins’ day started out on an up note.
Junior pitcher Dillon Chaney was in control from the mound and Bruin bats came alive – including a two-run Matt Logue homer – to the tune of an 8-0 lead after three innings.
Logue went 2-for-3.
“We did what we had to do (to get the win early). We bunted, used the hit-and-run, had a double steal and had guys hitting balls to the gap. Everything worked,” Bear River head coach Mike Viola said.
The Tigers found a chink in the defense’s armor in the fourth inning and took full advantage.
A single, walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases for the visitors.
Joel Finn smacked a routine line drive to left field, but two throwing errors on the play later, and the lead was cut to five.
Roseville rallied for two more runs off another throwing error and an RBI double in the inning, then tied it up with a three-run fifth.
“We just didn’t get the job done on defense. I thought the kids let up and let them crawl back into the game. That’s (not acceptable) for a team-laden with seniors,” Viola said. “We definitely weren’t patting anyone on the back in our talk after the game.”
Chaney, who tallied six strikeouts to get the complete game win, found his spots and the game was scoreless until the seventh.
“I was disappointed we didn’t keep the lead as big as it was, but I’m happy with the win. Hopefully we can come out and win our last game of the season.”
Bryan Hart went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Keith Roberts went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Bear River (16-10 overall, 11-9 SFL), which guaranteed its first winning season in its five years in the SFL Wednesday, will end the regular season at Roseville 4 p.m. Friday.
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