Major comeback carries Bear River
After a dominating 10-0 win Tuesday over Sierra Foothills, the Nevada City Major All Star team looked to have the District 11, Area 2 tournament under control. A fresh Bear River team had something to else to say, as it beat Nevada City, comeback-style, 5-4 Wednesday at Bear River.
The game did appear to be in the hands of Nevada City through the first two innings as it took a 4-1 lead into the third. But when Zach Welz and Nolan Lewis both scored on passed balls in the top of the third, the tide appeared to be turning. By the time Morgan Juric knocked in the tying run in the same inning, the tide had turned.
Nevada City didn’t score again in the game, and Bear River only saw one more runner cross the plate. But Jordan Beskeen’s double off of the fence in the fifth inning, which brought in the go-ahead run, was all manager Taylor Welz needed for his team to remain in the winners’ bracket.
Chris Wermes made life easier for Bear River with his complete game from the mound, where he gave up six hits and fanned seven.
Robbie Porter started the game for Nevada City and lasted three innings in which he struck out three while giving up four runs.
Porter was relieved by Daniel Charvoz, who gave up only one (key) run in the final three innings.
Despite the impressive performance by his players, Welz felt his team was fortunate to have pulled off the win.
“The kids looked like they had never been in the dugout together,” he said. His comment made sense due to the fact that the it was the first game they had played together.
“They were pulling together at the right time, though,” Welz said.
For tournament-host Bear River, which will meet Grass Valley today at 7:30 p.m., the two big bats were in the hands of Taylor Welz, who batted 2 for 4, and Brandon Fry, who had a 2-for-2 afternoon while scoring two runs.
Nevada City drops to the consolation bracket and has a 5 p.m. matchup today against Sierra Foothills.
Penn Valley Majors dropped from tourney
The Penn Valley major-division all stars were forced to say goodbye to their hopes of reaching Williamsport, Penn., host of the Little League World Series, after falling 12-2 in five innings Wednesday at the hands of Sierra Foothills.
Clint Koster was the starting pitcher for Penn Valley and picked up one strikeout in the first, scoreless inning.
After being held scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, Penn Valley made a surprising move by bringing in Josh Page to fill in for Koster. It was three up, three down for Page, however, and Steve Bucher’s team looked poised to pull ahead.
With a sacrifice fly from Koster Penn Valley did just that, but that was the only run scored for the local boys until late a moot run was scored late in the fifth off of Koster’s second RBI of the day.
In another questionable move in the third inning, Bucher brought in the third pitcher in three innings, this time Chris Haines. And this time it did not work to his advantage.
Haines gave up four hits and walked one as he saw his team’s lead vanish and be replaced by a 5-1 Sierra Foothills advantage.
“We thought we would be hitting well today,” Bucher said. His game plan coming into the night was to bat well and rotate through his entire pitching staff so to conserve pitchers for an expected game today, but that plan was quickly undermined by his players’ inability to pick up hits against Sierra Foothills’ slower pitching.
The few offensive bright spots for Penn Valley Koster, who finished the game 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, Nick Gasca, who batted 2 for 2, Page, who had a double, and Kyle Hoyt and Cody Brzezinski, who each had singles.
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