Bruins rally back in county clash
Bear River entered Tuesday’s game as the top team in the Pioneer Valley League. Nevada Union entered as the last-place team in the Sierra Foothill League.
But records didn’t mean a thing when the two teams faced off Wednesday night at Adams Field at Nevada Union High School. The Miners gave the Bruins everything they wanted as Bear River had to score four in the top of the seventh inning to win 7-3.
“When you have a 13-1 record, everyone is going to come with their A game,” Bear River coach Duane Zauner said. “They did an outstanding job and gave us all we could handle.”
Nevada Union has a typical starting lineup that includes five freshman, a sophomore and two juniors. Two of those freshmen helped the Miners take an early lead.
Leadoff hitter Kendall Butterfield led off the first with a walk before No. 3 hitter Bernadette Boren socked a two-run homer to give the Miners an early 2-0 lead.
The two teams then went scoreless until the sixth, when Bear River tagged the Miners for three runs.
Senior leadoff hitter Ashley Sawyer bunted her way on and reached second on an error. Courtney Ceo sacrificed her to third and she was driven home by a Jenna Wermes single. Wermes was picked off trying to steal second for the second out.
Kelly Shepard then walked and scored on a triple by Kathryn Rabak, who later scored on a wild pitch to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
Nevada Union tied the game in the bottom of the inning When Jessica Szura led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a passed ball. She tagged up to third on a Boren fly to center field and scored on Brooke Bennett’s liner to right field.
“We’re young and still a little rough around the edges,” Nevada Union coach Darren Chan said. “We all agreed before the season started that we’d take our bumps and bruises this year as long as we progress every day.
“We have a lot of talent. I think by next year – as long as we play through the summer and even though we play in a tough league – we’ll be competitive.”
The Bruins sealed the deal in the top of the seventh. After recording an out, the next four batters all reached base and scored. Pitcher Brittany Ceo walked, Jasmine McGown reached on an error and Sawyer loaded the bases with a walk.
All three advanced on a wild pitch while freshman Courtney Ceo was at the plate. Courtney Ceo then sent a full-count pitch to deep right for a home run that was one wild pitch away from a grand slam.
The wild pitch gave the Bruins the lead and potentially took the pressure off Courtney Ceo at the plate.
Courtney, however, said she wasn’t worried about the pressure.
“I really didn’t feel any pressure,” she said. “Whether it was bases loaded or not, it didn’t really take the pressure off.”
Boren finished the day 1-for-2 with a homer and 2 RBIs. Keri Lozier was also 1-for-2. Butterfield, Cassie Davidson and Khrista Davis were all 1-for-3.
Lozier started on the mound for the Miners giving up one earned run, a walk and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. She was relieved by Bennett, who gave up six earned runs and three walks on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
For the Bruins, Wermes and Rabak were each 2-for-4 with an RBI while Rabak also had a run scored. Sawyer, Shepard and Georgia Perkins also had hits as well as Courtney Ceo’s home run.
Brittany Ceo pitched all seven innings giving up five hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out five.
To contact Sports Writer Ross Maak, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
Bear River 7, Nevada Union 3
AB R H BI
Ashley Sawyer 2 2 1 0
Courtney Ceo 3 1 1 3
Jenna Wermes 4 0 2 1
Kelly Shepard 3 1 1 0
Kathryn Rabak 4 1 2 1
Katie Mathis 2 0 0 0
Georgia Perkins 3 0 1 0
Brittany Ceo 2 1 0 0
Jasmine McGown 3 1 0 0
Tara Reason 1 0 0 0
Totals 27 7 8 5
AB R H BI
Kendall Butterfield 3 1 1 0
Jess Szura 1 1 0 0
Bernadette Boren 2 1 1 2
Brooke Bennett 3 0 0 1
Casse Davidson 3 0 1 0
Khrista Davis 3 0 1 0
Kayla Denniston 3 0 0 0
Eva Heppting 2 0 0 0
Keri Lozier 2 0 1 0
Tiffany Gomes 1 0 0 0
Totals 24 3 5 3
Bear River 000 003 4 – 7
Nevada Union 200 001 0 – 3
IP H R ER BB SO
Brittany Ceo 7 5 3 3 2 5
Keri Lozier 5 1/3 5 1 1 1 0
Brooke Bennett 1 2/3 2 6 6 3 0
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