Little League roundup: Bear River crowned champs
The Bear River Junior All Stars won their Area 2 Championship with a 15-5, five-inning victory over Grass Valley Monday at Condon Park.
Bear River had lost a game to Grass Valley earlier in the tournament so Bear River had to win two games for the championship. Bear River beat Grass Valley 12-5 on Sunday night to force Monday’s game.
On Monday, Grass Valley’s Richie Osborne struck first with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. Grass Valley took a 3-0 lead into the second, but Bear River scored two in the top of the second and one in the third to tie the game.
Bear River then scored six in the fourth and six more in the fifth to put the game away. Grass Valley’s Damon Bell hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth, but the team couldn’t score again in the fifth and the game ended on the 10-run rule.
Bear River’s Jake Sween pitched three innings and gave up three runs with a strikeout while Michael Lucas pitched one inning and gave up two runs and had a bases loaded double in the fourth. Trevor McGhee pitched one inning and didn’t give up a run.
From the plate, Bear River was led by Conner Casey (2-for-4, two runs), Cole White (double, three runs), CJ Weaver (3-for-4, three runs), Lucas Sween (single, two runs), Jake Sween (3-for-3, two runs), McGhee (2-for-4, run) and Zach Welz (1-for-3, run).
Besides the two home runs, Grass Valley’s Lawrence Reese had two hits.
On Sunday, meanwhile, Bear River started the scoring in the first inning Sunday as each of the first five batters reached safely. White doubled in Welz and for the first run and Weaver’s single up the middle scored Casey and White. Grass Valley answered when Reese scored in the second on a single by Matt Ecarias.
Lucas led off the Bear River third with a double down the third base line but the the Grass Valley defense executed a triple play with the bases loaded leaving the score at 3-1. Grass Valley then rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead.
Bear River broke the game open scoring five in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth inning to take a 12-4 lead.
Casey pitched five innings for Bear River, allowing five runs on six hits and five strikeouts. Jake Sween struck out two batters in the inning he pitched as did McGhee.
The Bear River offense was led by Welz (2-for-3, three runs), Casey (1-for-3, three runs, 2 RBIs), White (1-for-3, three runs, RBI), Lucas (2-for-4, RBI) Weaver (2-for-3, 4 RBIs ) Scotty Garrison (two runs) and Luke Sween (one run)
For Grass Valley, Reese finished with two hits, as did Damon Bell. Ecarius had three hits on the night including a double. Sammy Dardick also had a hit.
Bear River now faces Rocklin at Tri-City Field in Rocklin at 7 tonight. Bear River has a loss and Rocklin does not, so Bear River will have to beat Rocklin twice for the District Championship. With a win tonight, the teams would face off for the Championship Wednesday night at Condon Park.
9-10 year olds
Nevada City 11,
Penn Valley 1
Jim Souza will likely be scooping out the ice cream sometime today for his 9-10 year old Nevada City All-Stars.
That’s because Souza made a deal with his club that if they were able to score a win by 10 runs, the ice cream would be on him. On Monday night, Nevada City downed Penn Valley 11-1 at Foresthill Little League.
The win moved Nevada City among the final four teams standing, as Souza’s club will face Newcastle in Wednesday’s consolation bracket game. The winner of that contest will face the loser of today’s 5:30 p.m. winner’s bracket final between host Foresthill and Bear River.
“The kids have started hitting the ball,” Souza said. “We had 13 hits (Monday) compared to six in our (9-6) loss (to Foresthill). The hitting is starting to go up and down the lineup.”
In Monday’s win, Jordan Jianino and Dylan McClure did the most damage as each Nevada City player racked up three hits. Jianino was 3-for-4 with a double, while McClure was 3-for-3 with two doubles.
Jack Gerving, Trevor Humpherys, Shawn Jordan and Vann Scott each also singled for Nevada City in the win.
Joey Souza picked up the victory on the mound, striking out 10 while allowing one hit in 5 2/3 innings.
Nevada City and Newcastle start play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Foresthill Divide Little League.
10-11 year olds
Bear River 19,
Grass Valley 10
Both teams broke out the bats at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley Monday night, as Bear River beat Grass Valley 19-10 in the 10-11 year old District 11, Area 2 tournament.
“Our hits just weren’t quite enough to do the job,”said Grass Valley manager Sam Carrion.
Bradley Carrion went 4-for-4 with a double at the plate for Grass Valley. William Butler was 3-for-3 and Clint Bielen was 2-for-3.
Statistics for Bear River were not available at press time.
Bear River advances to Wednesday’s consolation bracket final, where it will face the loser of today’s winner’s bracket final between Nevada City and host Penn Valley.
Coaches may file their game reports by phone (477-4240) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Photographers are also encouraged to submit their shots and may do so in a JPEG format. Submission deadline is 10 p.m.
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