Local Roundup: NU wins tourney opener
Nevada Union’s baseball team opened up the Lyon’s Tournament in San Diego with a 9-7 victory against Chula Vista.
With the game tied at 7-7 and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Aaron Lane stepped to the plate and was hit by a pitch. He then stole second and Dane Devogelaere drove him home. Russell Brackett then brought Devogelaere home.
Kyler Caldwell then took the mound in the bottom of the frame and set the Spartans down 1-2-3, including two strikeouts.
Dolten Covert started on the mound and was relieved by Lane, who earned the win.
Devogelaere was 3-for-4 from the plate and tallied 3 RBIs, while Zander Zeisler and Kelcey Wirick were each 2-for-4.
“This kind of sets to the tone for the tournament,” NU coach Ted White said. “The first game is always the toughest. I think they were a bit rusty at the beginning, but we found a way to win and that propels us into tomorrow.”
Nevada Union competes at Atwater Tournament
The Miners continued playing well in 18-hole tournaments with a third-place finish Monday at Stevenson Ranch Golf Course in Hilmar.
Bishop O’Dowd High School took the top spot with 309 while Davis was second at 319. Nevada Union was just one stroke behind with 320.
D.J. Milligan led the way for the Miners with a 3-over 74, good enough for a tie for fifth place. Spencer Biersdorff scored an 81, Travis Callison scored an 82, and John Hyland shot an 83. Gavin Butcher’s 86 didn’t enter in the final tally.
“I’m surprised and happy to come home from such a tough, prestigious tournament with some hardware,” NU coach Hank Davidson said. “We’re playing well in the tournaments, having placed fourth, third and second this year. That’s helping to build our confidence.”
The Miners will compete in two conference tournaments with chances to score some points in the race for the playoffs. NU is off until April 17, when it hosts Del Oro.
Track & Field (Friday and Saturday)
Bruins run season-best times at Stanford
Bear River’s Nicole Jackson and Rachel Welz spent Friday and Saturday competing at the Stanford Invitational Track and Field Meet in Palo Alto against tough competition.
On Friday, Jackson and Welz each ran their best times of the year in the 100-meter hurdles, with Jackson checking in at 15.63 seconds and Welz coming right after, clocking a 16.37.
Competing in the long jump, all of Welz’s jumps were over 16 feet, the longest being 16-8.
On Saturday, Jackson ran the 400 hurdles for the first time, clocking 68.22 for 13th place in a field of 36.
Welz, who also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, opted instead to compete in the high jump. Starting with a field of 26 jumpers, Welz finished third with her clearance of 5-6.
Next weekend, Welz and Jackson will compete at the Arcadia Invitational in Southern California.
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