Miners’ hitting cuts loose | TheUnion.com

Miners’ hitting cuts loose

Eileen Joyce
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The Nevada Union baseball team rode the wave of a monster first inning in its 6-4 home-field win over Capitol Athletic League leader Davis Tuesday.

With two outs in the opening inning, the Miners (6-5 overall, 2-2 CAL) roughed Blue Devil starter Matt Zaro up for six runs on seven hits to lead big.

“We’ve been looking all season for something to give us some confidence and I think we found it today,” Miner head coach Ted White said.

Davis (3-1 CAL) rolled with the hosts’ first punch, then countered with four unanswered runs by the end of four and a half.

That was enough for White and he replaced starter Gary Daley – who finished with eight strikeouts – with Justin Deme.

The 6-foot, 3-inch, 220-pound right hander gave up a leadoff single, then watched as an infield error put Blue Devil runners on first and second.

“We’re still filling roles on this team and we think Justin (is a great fit for our closer). He throws strikes and he doesn’t let the pressure get to him,” White said.

With the tying run on first, Deme buckled down and struck out the side to preserve the win.

“He was a little anxious at the start of the inning, but I went out there after the (second batter reached base) and told him to settle down and that it was just a game. I don’t think he missed a pitch after that,” NU catcher Evelio Fleitas said.

NU’s Jason Gillard got the ball rolling with two outs in the bottom of the first.

He reached base on an opposite-field single, then moved to second on an Fleitas base hit.

Deme put the hosts up 2-0 with a rocket to left field.

Zaro walked the next batter, then gave up a pair of runs on two singles before he was replaced by Tim Carter.

The Miners dialed in on Carter’s curve for two more runs on two hits before he got Gary Daley to pop out and end the inning.

“We came out and just mashed the ball. We had the momentum,” Fleitas said.

The Blue Devils, on a mix of Carter’s arm and good situational hitting, nibbled their way back into the game by the end of the fifth, when they got to 6-4.

“He did a great job of putting the ball where he needed to,” White said of Carter.

NU will play at Del Campo of Bella Vista 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

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