Errors cost the Miners on the field |

Errors cost the Miners on the field

Eileen JoyceNU's Renee Mendonca (left) fields a throw from catcher Megan Hopkins as a Casa Roble starts a slide to third base.
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Casa Roble’s softball team hasn’t won at least a piece of four straight Capital Athletic League titles by happenstance.

Tuesday afternoon, Nevada Union was set upon by the Rams, who took advantage of Miner miscues to roll to a 7-0 victory at Nevada Union High School.

With the defeat, NU falls to 3-6 overall, and 0-3 in the CAL. Casa Roble improved to 7-5 overall, 3-0 in league.

“Generally, I thought we played real well,” NU coach Ray Fowler said. “We turned a couple of double plays and Megan threw out a couple of runners. But (Casa Roble) is near perfect. I have nothing but respect for their program.”

NU hung with Casa Roble for five innings, trailing just 2-0 behind the pitching of junior Kari Bauman, who finished with two strikeouts. But the Rams opened their half of the sixth inning with back-to-back runners reaching second on infield throwing errors.

Casa’s Bailey Wilson scored on the second error to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. Megan Schoenhardt, who also reached via error, advanced to third on a single by Beth Fernandez.

Fernandez then broke for second off a Bauman offering to the plate. Fernandez pulled up before reaching the base, drawing a throw. Schoenhardt then scored as Fernandez carried out the rundown to put the Rams up, 4-0.

“The errors we had today were not so much physical as they were mental,” Fowler said. “We didn’t quite execute like we need to, and that is frustrating.”

Casa’s lead-off hitter, Ashley Allen, reached base three times Tuesday, including a two-run home run that skidded beyond the left fielder in the seventh inning to put Casa up 6-0.

Ram Bailey Wilson, who also reached base three times, followed with a single.

Wilson subsequently stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on an infield hit by Mandy Kaestner.

NU had two hits Tuesday, one by Renee Mendonca and one by Darcy Hanson.

Mendonca advanced to second off her fourth-inning hit on a sacrifice by Laria Blodgett, then took third with a steal.

But clean-up hitter Amanda Poteet became one of the Miners’ eight strike-out victims, and Hanson grounded out to close out the inning.

“We played really well on defense, and defense is the name of the game,” Casa Roble softball coach Jackie Gabriel said. “I was impressed with the pride (NU) played with, even when we had those rallies late in the game. They never hung their heads.”

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