Bruins first, NU third at tourney |

Bruins first, NU third at tourney

The Bear River softball team’s defense sparkled en route to the Marysville Tournament crown Saturday.

The Lady Bruins (14-8 overall), who followed its 7-0 semifinal win over Colfax with a 4-0 decision over Argonaut of Jackson in the final, gave up no runs and allowed the leadoff batter to reach base twice in the four game tournament.

Nevada Union, which lost 4-0 to Bear River Friday, beat Colfax 6-2 to take third.

Bear River, which has won its last seven games, relied on the arms of Lindsey Berkowitz and Ashley Pruss in the tournament run.

Berkowitz struck out four and gave up two hits in the semifinal. Pruss fanned 11 Argonaut batters to take the title.

In the final, Michelle Mathis and Sara Lauer had two RBIs each. Kristen Exline had a double, stole a base and scored twice.

Against Colfax, Exline went 3-for-4. Kelly Cleveland and Candice Wermes had a double each.

Mathis, Wermes, Pruss and Tiffany Klopfer each had an RBI.

In the third-place game, NU’s Darcy Hanson went 2-for-3 with a double and stole a base.

Mia Machado went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and an RBI. Kelly Hele went 2-for-3 with two steals and two RBIs.

Miners down Rio

Justin Deme struck out nine and the Nevada Union baseball team tallied 10 hits in a 7-3 home-field win over Rio Americano of Sacramento Saturday.

NU improves to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the Capital Athletic League.

“This has been a real rollercoaster of a season. We play real well one game, then we come and not play so well the next. Hopefully we’ll stay (on the winning track),” Miner head coach Ted White said.

The Miners trailed by a run in the bottom of the fourth, but took advantage of Raider mental mistakes to spark the comeback.

Jared Van Matre knotted the score at 2-2 when he scored from third on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Chris Brown put the hosts up for good when he scored on a error.

Will Lindsey and Brown went 2-for-3 with a double each. Evelio Fleitas went 2-for-4 with a double. Jason Snavely also went 2-for-4.

NU will play at Bella Vista of Fair Oaks 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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