Bruins tally 23-0 win in tournament
In scoring 32 runs, Bear River’s varsity baseball team got all the offense the Bruins could have wanted in the 55th annual Lion’s Club Invitational Tournament in San Diego.
The only problem for Bear River was that the majority of those runs came in the Bruin’s final game of tourney play Wednesday, as Bear River routed Holtville 23-0.
The Bruins closed out the tournament with a 1-2 record, including a 2-0 loss to El Camino Monday and a 15-9 defeat to La Jolla High on Tuesday.
Bear River’s tourney record, though, wasn’t what got Bruin head coach Mike Viola’s attention this week.
“Hopefully, we’ve found more offense and built some confidence,” Viola said.
Several Bruins found their bats Wednesday, including Tyler French’s 5-for-5 hitting performance. Ryan Giacomini went 4-for-5 at the plate, while Matt Miraldi and Steve Sitter each went 3-for-4. Miraldi scored four runs and Sitter three more in the win.
Robby Alcombrack was 3 for 5 at the plate with four runs scored, while Matt Hilton had a 2-for-4 game.
Ryan Polisso got the win on the mound, throwing five innings of work in allowing two hits and one strikeout.
Bear River (4-6 overall) returns to action April 4 in a non-league game at River City in West Sacramento.
Mission Bay 6, Nevada Union 1
Nevada Union dropped its third-straight game in the 55th annual Lion’s Club Invitational Tournament in San Diego Wednesday, falling to Mission Bay (San Diego) 6-1.
The Miners managed just three hits on the day, including singles from Steven Davis, Nic Gauldin and Darrel Smeltzley. It was back-to-back singles from Smeltzley and Gauldin that led to NU’s lone run of the game in the fourth inning, when Smeltzley scored on an error.
Daniel Rackley drew the loss on the mound.
Nevada Union (3-7) returns to action April 30 in a Metro Conference matchup at Kennedy.
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