Grizzlies rally late to down Miners
A little bit of hesitation goes a long way.
Trailing 4-2 leading into the top of the fifth inning, the Granite Bay Grizzlies rattled off seven singles – five of which were in the infield, and two off bunts – jumping to a 7-4 lead over the Nevada Union Miners before following with six-run seventh inning to top off their hosts 14-4 in Sierra Foothill League play.
It was the Miners’ (3-2, 0-1 SFL) first game in league action.
The game had gone seemingly well for NU – all the way until that fateful fifth inning.
The Miners had scored a run in the first inning and dropped another three on their guests in the third frame, with Dalton Covert and Travis Custer singling in a pair of runs. Kelcey Wirick doubled in the first before scoring on a wild pitch, while catcher Tucker Colomb tossed out two runners back-to-back.
But then the Miners ran into trouble fielding bunts, hesitating on back-to-back infield singles as the bases loaded for a Grizzly scoring fest.
“Varsity players, you know, got to make those plays,” NU coach Ted White said of the fifth inning bunts. “It turned a 1-2 run inning into a big inning for them because we gave them extra outs and we can’t do that, especially against good teams. You know, pure and simple, you gotta make the play.
“And they know that,” White continued. “We practice this stuff every day.”
The Grizzlies, seeing weakness, exploited the Miners’ defense while hitting through the lineup. Granite Bay’s Gregg Henry went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in the game.
NU’s seventh inning was just as dismal. The Miners walked the first three batters before being plunged with another six runs on two hits and an error.
NU’s starting pitcher Zander Zeisler logged 41Ú3 innings of work with three strikeouts and two walks.
“Obviously it’s tough to lose the first one, especially at home,” White said. “But it’s one of 18 league games. One game is not gonna determine our season.
“Hopefully, this kinda gets in the kids bellies a little bit and in their heart, I know they don’t like other teams beating us up in our own yard. You know we got outplayed today. Do I think Granite Bay is a better team? No. But we got outplayed today.”
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