Miners hold off Oakmont
Nevada Union got all the offense it needed in the first four innings and then held off visiting Oakmont for a 7-6 Sierra Foothill League victory Friday.
After stumbling out of the gate with an 0-7 start, the Miners have now won two straight games to even their SFL record at 2-2.
“Our preseason was tough and we’re a little bit young this year,” said NU coach Ted White. “We’re starting five to six juniors every game and we just got beat up in the first part of the season.
“Now we’ve scratched out a couple of wins and the kids are feeling good about themselves. Hopefully we’ll see some more wins from here.”
Devin Genovese led the Miners with a 3-for-4 game at the plate with 2 RBIs, including a second-inning base hit that scored Kelcey Wirick and Russell Brackett.
Josh Pitts had a pair of sacrifice flies, including one in the fourth inning to give NU a 7-4 edge. Bracket finished the game 2-for-4 with double.
Wirick threw the first three innings before being relieved by Greg Heauser in the fourth. Heauser got the win after allowing one hit and two unearned runs. Kyler Caldwell came on in the sixth, throwing 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing no baserunners for the save.
NU (2-7) plays again at 4 p.m. Monday in Rocklin.
JV: Oakmont 9, Nevada Union 5
Cody Nunnink, Jared Ralph and Robbie Porter each went 2-for-4, but errors kept the Miners from collecting a junior varsity win at Oakmont Friday, said NU coach Richard Lopp.
“It looks like we’re starting to come around,” Lopp said. “We were troubled by errors, but the bats are coming alive and it looks like we’re real close to getting that first win.”
NU hosts Rocklin at 4 p.m. Monday.
Frosh: Nevada Union 4, Oakmont 1
Dillon Jones went the distance on the mound, striking out eight, walking two and allowing four hits for the Nevada Union win.
Broughan Jantz went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Zion Davidson had a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Alec Giron was 2-for-3, while Anthony Olivas scored twice and stole a base for the Miners.
Forest Lake Christian 5, Encina 1
The Falcons took three of four singles slots Friday, as Forest Lake Christian downed host Encina.
Megan Wieczorek won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 girls singles, while Jenny Johnson posted the same score in a No. 2 girls singles victory.
Thomas Coibion also was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 boys singles. Rob Magorian, however, dropped a marathon match at No. 2 singles, falling to Encina’s Pavel Rytikov 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
FLC’s Chelsea Hanson and Torrey Haddad teamed for a 10-1 win at No. 1 girls doubles. Kit Bond and Ashton Santee won at No. 1 boys doubles, 10-0.
In an exhibition match, Ali Robinson and Mike Trejo won 10-0 at mixed doubles. No other doubles matches were played.
FLC (4-2) is idle until an April 10 home match against Golden Sierra.
JV: Bear River 6, Lincoln 5
The Bruins JV softball team improved its record to 7-2 overall, and 2-0 in the Pioneer Valley League with a 6-5 win at Lincoln Friday.
Bear River came from behind, using a fifth-inning solo home run by Sierra Pruss to tie the score and gain momentum.
Christianne Thill knocked in the go-ahead run and later scored in the sixth inning.
The Bear River outfield of Pruss, Thill, and Jennifer Brooks made key catches late in the game to protect the lead.
Maureen Redmond was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Bridgette Beard and Kenzie Billings each scored twice.
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