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Grass Valley hangs on to win

Grass Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third and went on to beat Bear River 5-4 in Majors Division Little League action on Saturday.

A Josh Toft 3-run home run helped Bear River tie the game at 4-4 after three, but Grass Valley rallied for one in the top of the sixth, then held Bear River scoreless in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

Grass Valley’s Ben Blackman reached on an error in the sixth and eventually scored the winning run on a throwing error. Grass Valley’s Kyle Selleck (2-for-3 on the night) singled home John Wiles in the third before Toft’s blast made it 4-3. Andrew Reiss singled home Sammy Aguilar to tie the game for Bear River.



Nick Eccarius pitched three innings for Grass Valley, giving up four hits, three earned runs and striking out three. Wiles pitched the last three innings giving up no runs or hits while striking out six.

For Bear River, Toft threw 5 1/3 innings giving up six hits and one earned run while striking out eight. Reiss pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out two.




Grass Valley’s Wiles was 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, RBI and run scored while Blackman was 1-for-2 with a double. Zane Davidson was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored while Dan Hewitt was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

For Bear River, Toft was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer while Sammy Aguilar was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Reiss was 1-for-3 while Nick Medenwald was 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored.

Nevada City 22, Newcastle 2

Nevada City took just four innings to down Newcastle, striking for five in the first, one in the second, seven in the third and nine in the fourth.

Newcastle scored two in the bottom of the first and was held scoreless the rest of the game.

In the first, Alex Dentinger led off the attack in the first with a single and was doubled home by Bert Heinzelman. Heinzelman was then brought home on Ryan McCarthy’s two-run homer.

Charlie Stevens was the lone run in the second after he singled, stole second and third and scored on a Ron Wood triple.

Nevada City broke it open with seven runs in the third off a triple from McCarthy, a double from Brandon O’Callaghan and singles from Zach White, Skyler Carpenter, Alex Charvoz, Bo Huff and Dentinger.

Nine runs in the fourth, including two singles from Carpenter and a double and single from McCarthy put the game away.

9-10 All-Stars

Penn Valley 12, Grass Valley 10

Penn Valley’s Jimmy Fowler was 4-for-4 including the go-ahead RBI double in the seventh, scoring Matthew Faudoa. Jonathon Finau was 2-for-3 from the plate for Penn Valley while Dalton Maxwell was 2-for-4.

Maxwell, meanwhile, stepped to the mound and held Grass Valley scoreless in the last four innings. Grass Valley had erupted for 10 runs in the first three innings and held a 10-4 lead.

Penn Valley answered, however, with six runs behind the hitting of Christopher Sardo, Joseph O’Sullivan, Logan Kerley and Fowler.

Penn Valley opened the game by taking a 4-0 lead with the help of Jinau’s double off the wall and a single by Fowler.

Bear River 33, Newcastle 0

Bear River pitcher Brett Solomon threw a shutout and contributed with numerous RBIs according to coach Lance Mansuetti.

Mansuetti also said Matt Lopez, Chance Belding and Tyler Toft had multiple RBIs during the four-inning rout.


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