Miners move into second place in Metro League
Dan Stith pitched a one-hitter and Nevada Union put together three-run rallies in the fourth and fifth innings Friday afternoon en route to a pivotal 6-0 Metro League baseball victory at home against Granite Bay.
Nic Gauldin hit 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Josh Pitts went 2-for-3 with a clutch two-run double to help the Miners improve their league record to 10-4 (15-7 overall) and move past Granite Bay (8-4, 15-5) into second-place in the Metro standings.
“We had a pretty good week,” said Nevada Union coach Ted White, whose club beat Granite Bay twice and Grant once this past week. “I’m really proud of the way the kids have been playing. I just hope we stay hot.”
Stith was certainly imposing on the mound, as the 6-foot-5 left hander allowed only one hit, a two-out single to right field by Brent Edwards in the sixth inning, to go with nine strikeouts and one walk. Granite Bay had three other base runners, all on errors in the first four innings.
“Dan threw really well,” White said. “In the fall and earlier this year, control was a little bit of an issue for him, but his mechanics have really improved and his confidence has really improved.”
The Miners broke up a scoreless tie against Granite Bay’s Hunter Carnevale (5-1 coming into the game) with three runs in the fourth inning.
Nic Gauldin led off with a double down the right-field line. Daniel Graning followed with a grounder to third base that was misplayed for an error, as Gauldin advanced to third base. Stith was walked to load the bases and then Carnevale walked Tom Brindley to bring Gauldin home with the first run. After a ground ball fielder’s choice, Pitts ripped a 1-2 fastball down the middle for a double to the center field fence, bringing two more runs home.
Nevada Union added insurance with three more runs in the fifth, sparked by a Gauldin double and Daniel Graning single. Stith drove both runners home with a long double to center field.
“Carnevale has been their ace all year and he pretty much shut us down the first three innings. But then the kids made some adjustments; they started to shorten their swings and get the foot down early and just started making contact.”
Third baseman Darrel Smoltzley also came up with a defensive gem when he jumped to pull a high-bouncing grounder out of the air and made a long throw to first base to get Granite Bay’s Jameel Ziadeh.
The Miners host Hiram Johnson in another league at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
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