Bear River scores early, often
Bear River head baseball coach Mike Viola didn’t like the number of runs – or the lack thereof – his squad was putting across the plate in the first half of the season, so he tweaked the lineup a bit.
“Before, we’d win on defense,” Viola said. “Our pitching would keep us in the game. We’d win 4-3 or 3-2, but now we’re putting hits together and that’s making all the difference.”
The Bruins, who have put 35 runs on the board in the last 19 innings, tallied 10 hits in a 12-7 win over Oakmont of Roseville, Monday, at Bear River High School.
The win – Bear River’s third straight – ups its overall mark to 12-6 and 7-6 in the Sierra Foothill League.
“All of the guys who were hitting at the top of the lineup, I switched toward the bottom,” Viola said. “And they’re liking the change. They’re not worrying about their (numbers). They’re more worried about how the team is doing.”
Bear River, which mercy-ruled Oakmont in Roseville Friday, ran into trouble to start Monday’s game.
Seth Miller, who struck out seven and gave up three earned runs in the complete game win, left a few pitches up in the strike zone and the Vikings made him pay to tune of three runs on three hits.
“I had some trouble keeping the ball down and they just got to them,” Miller said.
The Bruin offense replied to the Oakmont assault in its half of the first inning.
Matt Logue (1-for-3) and Joey Mar reached on errors, then with one out, Kody Keroher put the hosts on the board with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Chris Nyholm (3-for-4) singled, Mar scored from third on a passed ball, then Bryan Hart walked to put runners on first and second for Keith Roberts.
After a successful double steal, Roberts put Bear River up to stay with a two-RBI single to centerfield.
“Oakmont came out real aggressive and put three runs on the board, but we answered,” Viola said.
Craig Chandler went 3-for-4 with a RBI.
Nyholm had a double and tied Roberts (1-for-3) for the team-high in RBIs with two. Hart went 2-for-2 with a triple and a RBI.
Bear River will host league rival and defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champ Granite Bay 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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