Miners, Falcons make early exits
SACRAMENTO – The topsy-turvy Nevada Union baseball team’s roller-coaster season came to an end with its 6-2 loss to Sheldon (Sacramento) in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs at American River College Saturday.
“I don’t think very many people besides us thought we’d ever make it here,” said NU head coach Ted White, whose team began the year at 0-6. “It was a real roller-coaster ride this year. There was never a dull moment.”
The Metro Conference No. 3 seed Miners tied the game 2-2 in the top of the second inning thanks to a Dan Rackley two RBI triple to the gap in right-center, but gave up four unanswered runs over the next two innings.
“We tie it up in the second and it’s pretty important that we put up a zero in the bottom of the inning,” White said. “But Sheldon’s definitely a quality team. They got the job done. We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t cash in.”
Rackley, a junior, had two of NU’s three hits. Peter Ruiz had a single in the loss.
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“Dan’s been hitting for us all year. It’s really promising for next year to have him and Brian Jordan leading off for us.”
Sheldon’s Norm Tavolario fanned eight to get the complete-game win.
Jarad Van Matre took the loss.
“I told the guys after the game what a fun group they were to coach. They were all scrappers,” he said.
Raiders 20, Falcons 2
GALT – Forest Lake’s ace and MVP Michael Weiss struggled when he gave up 10 runs in the first 1 2/3 innings before he was relieved by Joe Martin in Saturday’s 20-2 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V first-round loss to Central Catholic (Modesto) at Galt Community Park.
Weiss, who was unanimously voted the Central Valley Christian League’s most valuable player, walked seven batters and allowed five hits in his short stint, including a home run, a triple and a double.
On the opposite side, Central Catholic’ Drew Durossette had a tremendous game from the mound, striking out in four innings.
The Falcons opened the game up with a 1-0 lead after Kris Nunn hit an RBI single, but it didn’t last.
FLC gave up three runs in the first, seven in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth, while only scoring once more.
Falcon head coach John Flores neither expected nor was pleased with the progression of the game.
“I was really surprised,” he said. “It’s been the key to our offense to score off the bat.”
As far as Weiss’ performance is concerned, Flores made the importance of whether or not his MVP steps up clear.
“As he goes, we go,” Flores said. “He didn’t have it today.”
As Forest Lake Christian’s season comes to a halt, Central Catholic advances to meet Jim Elliot (Lodi), 6-0 winners over Brookside Christian (Stockton) Saturday.
As Weiss and many other of FLC’s top players are juniors, next season should be another step up.
“This team will be back here again next year,” Flores said.
– Jeff Miller
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