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Bruins, Knights end in draw

Bear River’s varsity baseball team didn’t get the win Monday at Rio Linda, but the Bruins didn’t draw a defeat either.

The Bruins had done well to battle back to 8-8 in the eighth inning, when the umpire called the game due to darkness. The game, Bear River coach Mike Viola said, was called at 6:45 p.m. According to, the sun did not set in Rio Linda Monday until 7:10 p.m.

The decision to call the game was just one of many that Viola did not agree with, a fact made clear by the coach being ejected for the first time in his coaching career. Viola, who must sit out today’s game at Golden Sierra due to the ejection, contends the home plate umpire had “something against Bear River.”

Viola said the same umpire also was behind the plate in 2006, when Bear River and Oakmont were battling in the Pioneer Valley League on March 22, 2006. That game was decided when the same umpire called Bruin pitcher Robby Alcombrack for a balk, moving the winning run across the plate for Oakmont.

“That was with two outs, two strikes and runner on third in the seventh inning,” Viola said. “He told me then that ‘Coach, he didn’t give me enough of a pause.’ The key word there was ‘pause.’ You either pause or don’t.”

That loss was the only defeat Bear River suffered in rolling up a 22-1 regular season record in 2006.

On Monday at Rio Linda, in the sixth inning Bear River’s Chad Smith was hit by a pitch. But the umpire did not allow him to take first base.

“He told me ‘Coach, he didn’t try to get out of the way,'” Viola said. “It hit him on his left leg. He was in the box and Chad didn’t stick his leg beyond the box to get hit by the ball.

“I asked him ‘Are you going to allow another wrong rules interpretation cost my kids a game?’ And he threw me out.”

Bear River trailed 7-1 as the sixth inning opened, but A.J. Nunez hit a two-run homer to start the comeback. Nunez went 2-for-4 in the game with 4 RBI. Vince Viola was 4-for-5 with a run scored, while Bryan Sibis went 3-for-5. James McCririe was 2-for-2 hitting and Brynn Beck was 2-for-5.

Vince Viola drew the start and allowed seven runs on four hits with seven walks and two strikeouts in four innings of work. McCririe came on in relief, allowing one run on five hits while striking out six over the next four innings.

“I typically don’t argue long enough to get tossed. It was a rules thing. It’s a judgment call. And it was wrong,” Mike Viola said. “For some reason with this guy, it was personal. In our last 34 regular season games, we’ve lost one and tied one. And on both of them, it was two rule interpretations where he’s had to make a judgment call.”

Bear River (4-0-1) travels to Golden Sierra for nonleague game at 3:30 p.m. today.


Chappel 10th at state

The Nevada Union Alpine ski team was led by Allison Chappel at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championships last week.

Chappel, who finished 10th place and earned a medal in the slalom race, finished in one minute, 32.92 seconds.

Teammate Marybeth Mondok placed 58th in 1:42.51.

In giant slalom action, Tasha Gold led the way for the Miners with a 51st-place finish in 1:22.80 while Mondok finished right behind in 54th in 1:25.34.

On the boys side, Scott Valentine placed 37th in the giant slalom in 1:02.11 after starting the meet in 87th position, the move up 50 spots was impressive, especially for a freshman racer, according to coach Ken Ramirez.

Gabe Olson led with way for Nevada Union in 22nd with a total of 55.15.

Valentine took 42nd in the giant slalom in 1:08.35 while Chris Convis took 67th in 1:27.87. According to Ramirez, Convis fell and had to hike back up to get his equipment, which put him behind.

“This was a building season,” Ramirez said. “The kids did well and everybody improved. We’re looking forward to some snow next season.”


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