Bruins come up shy |

Bruins come up shy

Eileen JoyceBear River's Keith Roberts, a junior, slides in under a Placer tag at first base. The Bruins started out strong against Placer in the Sierra Foothill League opener, but the Hillmen rallied late in the game to win 6-4, leaving the Bruins 0-1 in SFL play.
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The Bear River baseball team’s Sierra Foothill League opener with Placer went from good to bad to ugly.

The host Bruins led Placer of Auburn by two runs through five complete innings, but gave up six runs down the stretch to lose 6-4 Monday.

Seth Miller, whose two-run dinger over the scoreboard in left-center put the hosts up 2-0 in the bottom of the first, gave the Hillmen fits from the mound.

The senior starter struck out two and scattered six hits, but gave up no runs in his first five innings on the mound.

Placer tied the score at 2-2 in the sixth, then took the lead with a four-run seventh off reliever Dillon Chaney.

“Seth pitched well enough to win the game, then Dillon (Chaney) came in and struggled. He gave up a bleeder and gave a bomb, a triple. We need to do better out of the pen and have few more competitive at-bats,” Bear River head coach Mike Viola said. “(Also), we didn’t capitalize on their mistakes, and they capitalized on the one mistake our pitcher made.”

Down by four, Viola went to his bench in the bottom of the seventh, and it paid off.

Kody Keroher and Ryan Trasport each tallied pinch-hit singles, and Nick LaRash reached on an error to load the bases.

Bear River got a gift in its next at-bat, when the home plate umpire awarded a run when the ball got lodged in the catcher’s equipment.

After Keith Roberts was caught looking for the third strike, Craig Chandler was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt Logue kept the drive alive with a sacrifice fly to deep right field to cut the lead to 6-4.

Chaney struck out on three pitches in the next at-bat to cut the rally short.

“The one thing they didn’t do was quit,” Viola said. “When you in a tight game like this one, and you’re battling and battling, then boom – the next thing you know, they have four runs on you; it would be easy to lay down and quit. But they didn’t.”

Miller led the Bruins at the plate at 2-for-3 and two RBIs. Logue and Chandler had a single each.

Bear River will play at Del Oro of Loomis at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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