Local Roundup: Nichol leads Bruins to 10-0 victory
After dropping an extra-innings season-opener to Ponderosa last week, Bear River’s three-time Sac-Joaquin Section championship softball team bounced back with a 10-0 win over Center Tuesday.
Sophomore Erin Nichol, who took a perfect game into the seventh inning of last week’s loss, struck out seven while allowing one hit and two walks over seven innings for the win.
“She just did an outstanding job of controlling her pitches and keeping hitters off balance,” Bear River coach Duane Zauner said. “It was also our second game – 14 innings in all – without an error.
“(Second baseman) Katie Mathis and (shortstop) Courtney Ceo really did a good job up the middle defensively. They turned a double play late in the game and they probably had nine assists between them.”
The two four-year starters also had a strong day at the plate. Ceo went 3-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBIs, while Mathis was also 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Sophomore Stephanie Ceo went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, while classmate Alyssa Reina went 2-for-4 with a double as Bear River’s top four hitters in the lineup combined for 10 hits in the game.
Sophomore Courtney Edwards also had a 2-for-4 day with a triple.
Bear River (1-1) will travel to the Jackson Tournament at Argonaut High School for two games on Friday and two more on Saturday. The Bruins open against Bret Harte at noon Friday.
JV: Bear River 7, Center 5
The Junior Varsity Lady Bruins (1-1) scored three runs in the first innings on a RBI triple by Keleigh Casey and RBI single by Maddie Phelps.
Then the Lady Bruins scored three more in the third inning and one more in the fifth. Center rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, before Bear River pitcher Maddie Phelps recorded her 12th strikeout to end the game.
Leading the Lady Bruins at the plate with two hits each were Ali Thill, Jenny Astwood and Maddie Phelps, while Ashleigh Higginbotham added a single.
Bear River 218, Colfax 254
Bruin senior Anthony Ertola earned medalist honors for the second straight match to lead Bear River over rival Colfax on the par 34 Lake of the Pines course Tuesday.
Ertola shot a 38 to lead Bear River, which improved to 2-0 in Pioneer Valley League play, while Kyle Nelson shot 40 and Andrew Jackson 45. Roderick Bell finished with 47, Cory Langesth 48 and Jake DePass 52.
The Bruins are back in action Thursday, traveling to Auburn Valley Country Club to face host Placer in a PVL matchup.
Granite Bay, 199, Nevada Union 213
Nevada Union fell to Granite Bay at Alta Sierra Country Club in a Sierra Foothill League match on Tuesday.
“All their groups beat our groups,” NU coach Hank Davidson said. “We did not play well today.”
The Miners were led by Cody Kehoe’s 40, Cody Brezezinski 41 and Eric Babin’s score of 42.
NU takes on Union Mine today in a non-league match and will be back in action on Thursday against SFL foe Rocklin at Alta Sierra CC.
Nevada Union 3, Whitney 1
Peter MacDonald hammered home 14 kills to lead Nevada Union to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 win over host Whitney Tuesday in the Miners’ season-opener.
Austin Ramey (four kills, two aces), Austin Stout (five kills and an ace), Mark Valentine (five kills, two aces) and D.T. Grininger (six kills and an ace) also got into the hitting attack for NU.
Jeff Baldock led the Miners in setting with 38 assists.
NU (1-0) travels to Oakmont Thursday.
Bear River 12, Inderkum 0
Bear River’s varsity baseball team defeated host Inderkum High School in its season opener 12-0 Tuesday.
The Bruins were led on the mound by Morgan Juric, who pitched four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Once the game was well under control, Coleman Huntly struck out the side in the fifth to end the game.
Leading the Bruins at the plate were Brandon Fry, who went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Juric who was 2-for-4 and Jordan Beskeen went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs in the win.
JV: Bear River 10, Inderkum 9
James Harris picked up the win on the mound for Bear River, while Jake Jarman (2-for-3), Andrew Reiss (2-for-4) and Michael Riagoza (1-for-3) led the Bruins at the plate.
Forest Lake Christian 9, Golden Sierra 0
The Falcons swept through host Golden Sierra Tuesday in their season-opening co-ed match, led by four wins in singles action to start things off.
Caitlin Hanson took her No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-0, while Jen Menary won 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot. Troy Douglass took the No. 1 boys match 6-4, 7-5 and Jordan Fairwell was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 2 boys singles.
In doubles, FLC’s No. 1 team of Ali Weir and Amanda Timmerman won 10-1, while the No. 1 boys duo of Brandon Bryditzki and Jamie Parrott was a 10-3 winner. Ryan Thompson and Sam Jug won the No. 2 doubles match 10-3.
Golden Sierra forfeited the No. 2 girls doubles match and the mixed doubles match.
FLC hosts San Juan at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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