Major A’s knock off Brewers, move into tie for 1st place
The Major division Athletics handed the Brewers their second loss of the season Saturday night at Bear River, moving both teams to 15-2.
The 3-1 win for the A’s was a game for the ages as the action went scoreless for the first four innings in a pitching duel. Reid Zolldan pitched 4 2/3 innings for the A’s as he notched eight strikeouts along the way. Josiah Creger of the Brewers took a shut-out and 10 strikeouts into the fifth inning before being relieved by Cole Winters. The Brewer’s took a one-run lead into the bottom of the fifth, but that’s when the A’s bats came alive to knock in three runs off three hits. Zolldan, Nathan Van Patten and Jacob Rivett all smacked doubles to break open the game. Rivett’s two bagger delivered the go-ahead RBI. He also added some insurance with two stolen bases and took home on a passed ball to give the A’s a 3-1 lead. That’s all they would need as Van Patten came in for the final 1 1/3 innings to close and struck out three batters in the save. Mason Harrison ended the game from right field for the last out as he gunned down a Brewer baserunner at second.
GV Giants 8, PV Marlins 5
The Junior division Grass Valley Giants visited the Penn Valley Marlins and came away with a hard fought 8-5 victory Friday.
The Giants took an early lead as Adam Dennis scored and Andrew Link scored on an RBI-single in the first inning by Luke Cornish. For the next couple of innings both pitchers, Sam Hopper for the Marlins and Gary Menary for the Giants, shut down the opposing offense. In the fourth the Giants threatened again as Cornish singled, Ryan Bradshaw walked and Evan Rahsby laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to get them in scoring position. Caden Unholz walked to load the bases and Grady McCuen collected an RBI on another walk. Ryan Elkins singled in a run and Ben Powell singled in two more for a 6-0 lead. The Marlins scored an unearned run when Brad Hedger scored after a single off the bat of Brenden Coffee. That was the only hit and run Menary allowed in 4 1/3 innings.
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