THE UNION STAFF
Matt Hilton’s grand slam in the third inning put the game out of reach as Bear River rolled to an 11-1 Pioneer Valley League baseball victory on Wednesday.
Hilton finished 1-for-2 in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Tyler French logged nine strikeouts in his complete game pitching for the Bruins (15-1). Lincoln’s only two hits came in the first inning, in which the Fighting Zebras scored their lone run.
Ryan Giacomini hit 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double, Brynn Beck was 2-for-3 with a double, French was 2-for-2, and Robby Alcombrack had a double.
Bear River, which has won its last three games by a combined score of 32-2, hosts Mira Loma in a 4 p.m. league game on Friday.
JV: Nevada Union 4,
Granite Bay 3
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, NU’s Cody Johnson drove in Josh Rice for the winning run.
Johnson hit a grounder to the shortstop, but outran the throw to first base.
Rice and Johnson each finished with one hit, while Steel Jantz led the Miners’ offense, batting 2-for-3 with a homer and a triple.
Tucker Colomb and Kyler Caldwell also had hits.
Caldwell pitched the first six innings for the Miners (7-4), fanning three while admitting four hits.
NU hosts Granite Bay again at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
Granite Bay 8,
Nevada Union 1
Will Harvey won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, providing the Miners their only triumph in an 8-1 home loss to Granite Bay.
The first time the teams met NU (1-9) lost 9-0.
Harvey, a senior playing at the No. 6 spot in singles, was in his last match as a Miner.
“He played the best match of the year,” Nevada Union assistant coach Dave Eubanks said. “It was great, because it was his last match of the year.”
NU hosts River Valley at 3:15 p.m. today, but because River Valley is comprised of freshmen and sophomores, the Miners’ regular rotation will not be used.
Granite Bay is second in the Metro League behind Yuba City.
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