Local Roundup: Lady Bruins fall in season-opening softball thriller
Bear River opened its quest for a fourth-straight section softball championship Friday against Ponderosa in a nonleague matchup that more like a postseason game than a season opener.
After carrying a perfect game and a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning, Bear River sophomore pitcher Erin Nichol allowed a triple to Ponderosa’s leadoff batter, who later scored on a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 1-1.
Ponderosa then pounced for three runs in the top of the eighth, while Bear River bowed out after added to in the bottom half for a 4-3 Ponderosa win in extra innings.
“There was a game with a playoff type of feeling,” said Bear River coach Duane Zauner. “They’re a playoff team, too, and if you let a team like that have a chance to beat you, they will. And they did.”
Bear River also came back to knot the game again in the eighth, scoring two runs before a line drive by Christianne Thill was snagged by Ponderosa to end the game with runners on second and third bases.
Nichol had two strikeouts for Bear River with no walks. Zauner said neither pitcher allowed a walk and neither team made an error.
“Courtney Ceo had something like seven assists at shortstop for us,” Zauner said.
Ceo also triple in the game, while Alyssa Reina went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Hallie Heth was 2-for-3. Courtney Edwards, Stepahnie Ceo and Nichol each added hits for Bear River.
Nichol pitched 7 1/3 innings, while Courtney Ceo came on in relief for the final two outs of the eighth.
Bear River (0-1) hosts Center on Tuesday.
Boys: Nevada Union 117, Oakmont 65
Dylan Virva won the 200 individual medley (2:17.33) and the 100 butterfly (57.26) and Connor Schmidt took the 50 freestyle (23.82) and the 100 free (55.47), as NU’s varsity boys sank the host Vikings to open Sierra Foothill League competition.
Virva, Schmidt, Patrick Herbert and Anders Price-Tison also teamed to win the 200 medley relay (1:51.26), while Schmidt, Price-Tison, Kendall Palowski and Alan Nader teamed to win the 200 free relay (1:39.27).
Palowski also took first place in the 500 free (5:37.06) for the Miners.
The Miners travel to Bear River at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Girls: Nevada Union 121, Oakmont 57
Freshman Kayla Kleiber took both the 200 free (2:06.35) and the 500 free (5:42.01) to lead the Lady Miners past Oakmont Friday.
NU also took all three relays. Kleiber, Mariah Chambers, Josephine Falvey and Dana Neel clocked a 2:03.7 in the 200 medley relay. Neel, Chambers, Rebecca Haulman and Jessica Alberts took the 200 free relay (1:54.22). And Alberts, Haulman, Falvey and Kleiber won the 400 free relay (4:05.46).
Alberts also won the 100 free (100.30), while Taylor Bowen took first in the 100 backstroke (1:14.37).
JV Boys: Nevada Union 125, Oakmont 24
NU took all three relay races, as the NU junior varsity boys dominated.
Nate Duffy, Skye Lambert, Zack Manes and Tyler Lee teamed to win the 200 medley relay for NU, while Duffy, Cody O’Hare, Darby Porteous and Nathan Ashbaugh won the 400 free relay.
Duffy, Lee, O’Hare and Manes also took first in the 200 free relay.
Also winning for NU were: O’Hare (200 free), Manes (50 free, 100 free), Lee (100 fly, 100 breast) and Porteous (100 back).
JV Girls: Nevada Union 118-56
Deana Murphy, Robin Fernandez, Taylor Mello and Monica Haulman swam to first palce in the 200 freestyle relay, as NU’s JV girls also topped Oakmont.
Other winners for NU included: Kim Ellis (100 free, 200 free), Natalie Martinez (50 free), Carley Messex (100 fly), Monica Haulman (500 free) and Mello (100 breast).
Nevada Union’s diving team made itself right at home in the Oakmont High School pool Thursday, as the host Vikings had no divers entered in the season-opening meet.
That didn’t stop NU’s team from posting strong scores early in the season. In the Varsity Boys division, Aaron Carver led with a score of 196.20. Grady Navo had a 160.00 and Brandon Trauner a 158.45.
For the Varsity Girls, NU was led by Demi Seghezzi’s 159.05, while Natalie DeMartini had a 156.45.
Lloyd Tom was the top JV boys diver with a 90.70 and Chase Morgan had an 80.05. The JV girls were led by Brandy Chambers’ 133.40 and Taylor Day’s 131.00.
Nevada Union 0, El Camino 0
The Lady Miners ended their home match at Hooper Stadium Friday with a 0-0 deadlock against El Camino in nonleague action.
“The Varsity held the attack for most of the game with multiple opportunities,” said NU coach Ken Ramirez. “Virtually every attack involved some great play between five or six girls. The ballhandling is fun to watch and we have some very aggressive young women who aren’t afraid to play at an intense level.
“I am thrilled to say that I have depth and some very skilled players.”
NU is back in action Thursday at Oakmont for the SFL opener.
JV: Nevada Union 2, El Camino 1
Megan Genovese and Abby Herring put the ball in the net for Neavda Union, but Ramirez said his JV squad deserved “a full-team assist.”
“From the strong JV defense keeping the ball in the attacking field for over 70 percent of the game and some fantastic mid field play that made it possible for the strikers to take shot after shot,” Ramirez said.
Lincoln 2, Forest Lake Christian 1
The Lady Falcons fell to tournament host Lincoln Friday, after a 1-1 score at the half.
Kayla Nunn scored the lone goal for FLC off an assist by Emily English.
Action at the Lincoln Tournament resumes today.
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