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Fastball frenzy

Fans watching him take the mound for the first time marveled at his fastball.

But those who had seen Dusty Zeisler pitch for the Penn Valley Giants this summer simply shrugged at another dominating performance from the righthander.

Zeisler and his Penn Valley Major All-Star teammates opened tournament action at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park with an impressive 11-1 win over Bear River Thursday.



In five innings of work, Zeisler struck out 13 of the 17 batters he faced while allowing just one hit. His performance likely had teammates thinking back to June 12, when he struck out 16 of 18 batters he faced while pitching a perfect game in a 3-0 win over the Nevada City Indians.

“He was definitely in the groove,” said Penn Valley manager Rich Benevento, who also noted his defense didn’t commit a single error on the evening. “He had his stuff tonight. His location was there and, obviously, so was his fastball.”




Penn Valley’s stars also found a groove at the plate, pounding out an 8-0 lead after two innings.

Roland Pussich sent a fly ball over the right-center field fence for a two-run homer in the first inning, while Jarred Cook crushed a solo shot high into the pine trees towering above the left-center field wall for a 3-0 lead.

Five more runs followed in the third, when Pussich got things going by pushing across a pair with a single. He then scored on an RBI single from Zeisler, who eventually reached home on a wild pitch. Tanner Vallejo wrapped up the inning by also scoring on a wild pitch.

Pussich and Joey Benevento each went 2-for-3 on the night to lead Penn Valley at the plate.

Picking up the lone hit for Bear River was Josh Toft, who also provided the south county Stars with their only run of the evening. Toft singled to right-center field in the top of the fourth inning and later scored on an error.

Bear River will return to action in the double-elimination tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, although the opponent has yet to be determined. In Thursday’s second game at Pioneer Park, Newcastle squared off with Sierra Foothills. Results were not available at press time.

Grass Valley opens today’s action by meeting the winner of Thursday’s nightcap. Penn Valley advanced to a second round matchup against host Nevada City at 7:30 p.m. today.

“I’ll tell you what,” Rich Benevento said after Penn Valley’s first-round win. “Those guys came out here focused and ready to go. They told me before (Thursday’s opener) that they really wanted this game.”

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To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail bhamilton@theunion.com or call 477-4240.

Grass Valley Little League

All-Star team rosters

9-10 year olds

Austin Butler

Seth Shepard

Gareth Noxon

Josh Belendez

Nolan Fillman

Sydney Porter

Christian Straub

Mason Salcedo

Brady Porter

Chase Frey

Chase Federmeyer

Zachary Towles

Josh Zydonis

Manager: Bruce Porter

Coaches: Greg Straub, Ben Shepard

10-11 year olds

Clint Bielen

Sam Powell

Bradley Carrion

Cody Butterfield

Wils Riley

William Butler

Dennis Hogan

Anthony Hurst

William Elliot

Noah Fisher

Joshua Marceau

Manager: Sam Carrion

Coach: Dave Butterfield

Majors

Kyle Selleck

Kyle Eysteinsson

Daniel Hewitt

John Wiles

Morgan Monigold

Nick Eccarius

Matt Paruszkiewicz

Jeremy Mortara

Gabe Harris

Zane Davidson

Jordan Graham

Kalem Seymour

Ben Blackmon

Manager: Mike Eccarius

Coaches: Ed Mortara, Guy Selleck

Juniors

Doug Parks

Lawrence Reese

Matt Eccarius

Rolly Brodka

Richie Osborne

Zach Sample

Andrew Smith

Scott Petrosky

Sammy Dardick

Caden Maves

Tyler Francl

Damon Bell

Nick Reyes

Manager: Mark Maves

Coaches: Rich Osborne, Josh Dardick

District 11 Little League

Area 2 9-10 All-Stars

At Foresthill Divide Little League

Monday

Game 1 – Nevada City 12, Sierra Foothills 11

Tuesday

Game 2 – Newcastle 8, Penn Valley 1

Thursday

Game 3 – Bear River 14, Grass Valley 0

Today

Game 4 – Foresthill vs. Nevada City, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 5 – Newcastle vs. Bear River, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6 – Penn Valley vs. Grass Valley, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday

Game 7 – Sierra Foothills vs. Game 5 loser, 5:30 p.m.

July 9

Game 8 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 5:30 p.m.

July 10

Game 9 – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5:30 p.m.

July 11

Game 10 – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 5:30 p.m.

July 12

Game 11 – Game 10 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 5:30 p.m.

July 13

Game 12 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 5:30 p.m.

July 14

Game 13 – Game 12 teams, If necessary

Area 2 10-11 All-Stars

At Penn Valley Little League

Today

Game 1 – Bear River vs. Nevada City, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 2 – Penn Valley vs. Grass Valley, 5:30 p.m.

July 9

Game 3 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.

July 10

Game 4 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5:30 p.m.

July 11

Game 5 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 5:30 p.m.

July 12

Game 6 – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5:30 p.m.

July 13

Game 7 – Game 6 teams, If necessary

Area 2 Major All-Stars

At Nevada City Little League

Thursday

Game 1 – Penn Valley 11, Bear River 1

Game 2 – Newcastle vs. Sierra Foothills, 7:30 p.m.

Today

Game 3 – Nevada City vs. Penn Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Game 4 – Grass Valley vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Game 5 – Bear River vs. Game 4 loser, 7:30 p.m.

Game 6 – Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 5 p.m.

July 9

Game 7 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 8 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m.

July 10

Game 9 – Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.

July 11

Game 10 – Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 7 p.m.

July 12

Game 11 – Game 10 teams, If necessary

Area 2 Junior All-Stars

At Grass Valley Little League

Monday

Game 1 – Bear River 9, Nevada City 8

Tuesday

Game 2 – Penn Valley 13, Grass Valley 5

Thursday

Game 3 – Nevada City vs. Grass Valley, N/A

Today

Game 4 – Bear River vs. Penn Valley, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Game 5 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Game 6 – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

July 9

Game 7 – Game 6 teams, If necessary


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