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Bruins gain confidence on road

The Union Staff

The Bear River baseball team got just what it needed in its five-day stay at the Lions Classic Tournament in San Diego this week.

The Bruins (7-4 overall), who’ve had trouble putting teams away in their 2002 Sierra Foothill League campaign, oozed with confidence in a four-game win streak which set up Thursday’s Division A finals matchup with Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach.

Bear River had the title in sight, up by a run with two outs in the top of the seventh, but gave up three runs to lose 9-7.

Bruins head coach Mike Viola was upbeat, despite the outcome.

“We found some explosive offense, and that’s what we’ve been missing,” Viola said. “We were putting three, four and five hits in a row, and that’s what we have to do in the Sierra Foothill League every game.”

The Bruins went 3-0 in bracket play, before beating Horizon of San Diego 9-2 in the semifinals.

Seth Miller and Joey Mar tallied three hits each for the Bruins. Miller also scored three runs, had a triple and two RBIs. Mar had a team-high three RBIs.

Bryan Hart (2-for-3), Matt Logue (2-for-4, RBI) and Kody Keroher (RBI) – who struck out two and got the win in five innings’ work – propelled the Bruins into the finals.

In the championship game, Keith Roberts (2-for-4) tied the game in the bottom of the first with a lead-off, first-pitch home run.

Craig Chandler went 2-for-4 with a double. Miller (2-for-4) had two doubles.


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