Miners move up in Metro
Nic Gauldin found himself stuck in a serious jam Tuesday night, but, as his coach said, he wasn’t about to bow out early.
The Nevada Union righthander’s two-run lead was in jeopardy as Granite Bay managed to load the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth inning of the Miners’ Metro Conference clash with the visiting Grizzlies.
But Gauldin, a junior, stared down that sticky situation and came up with a strikeout to end the threat. One inning later, after racking up two of his nine Ks on the night, Gauldin ended the game where he started, on the mound. His complete-game victory gave the Grizzlies their first league loss on the year, and pulled the Miners into second place alongside Granite Bay in the Metro Conference standings.
“He threw a great game,” said NU head coach Ted White. “It was a huge win. We got great pitching, good solid defense and our hitting was timely. We came up with some big hits when we needed to and just played an all-around solid game.”
Six of those hits came off the bats of Gaudlin, Kyle Brackett and Dan Rackley, who each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Gauldin also had two RBIs in the win.
The Miners (5-7 overall, 3-1 Metro) return to action at 4:15 p.m. today, hosting Metro rival Yuba City (7-5, 2-2).
Nevada Union 2, Johnson 1
Erica Goode gave Nevada Union all the offense it needed in Tuesday’s showdown with visiting Johnson, as the junior took a pass from classmate Diana Rubio with three minutes left and turned it into the game-winning goal for a 2-1 Metro Conference victory.
“We scored, they scored and we scored again with three minutes to go to pull it out,” said NU head coach Mike Voss, whose Miners improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in league action.
Goode got the first goal of the match 32 minutes into the first half, turning another Rubio pass into an assist for a 1-0 lead. Johnson regrouped to knot things at 1-1 with a goal at the 21st minute of the second half.
Christi Giuliani, the Miners’ junior goalkeeper, had two saves on the afternoon, as NU’s defense limited the Warriors to five shots on goal. On the opposite end, Johnson’s keeper faced 20 shots on goal from the Miners.
Nevada Union returns to action Thursday, traveling to McClatchy for a 3:45 p.m. matchup.
Forest Lake Christian 8,
Trinity Prep 2
Forest Lake Christian had three players score two goals each in a big 8-2 win at home against previously undefeated Trinity Prep of Napa.
FLC head coach Ken Raskin was fired up after the victory saying, “We beat the first place undefeated team! It was great!
“Our defense was phenomenal. Sarah Hodges had a great game. She covered their best player and shut her down.”
Raskin also singled out Jordan England and Taryn McGirr for their defensive efforts.
Trinity Prep (4-1-1, 2-1-1) gave the Falcons 33 shots on goal and five corner kicks in the match as the FLC offense was able to match the defensive intensity.
Megan Stallings, Jillian Witzke, and Shelby Lowe each scored twice for the Falcons. Witzke also added two assists.
Jessica Raskin chipped in with a goal and an assist, England had two assists and Emily Boddorf had one assist.
Forest Lake Christian (6-7-3, 4-2) will travel to Fair Oaks to play Sacramento Waldorf this Thursday.
Mira Loma 4, Bear River 0
Bear River stumbled in its first of two games this week against the top teams in the Pioneer Valley League, losing at Mira Loma 4-0.
“It wasn’t one of our better days on the diamond,’ said Bear River head coach Duane Zauner.
The Bruins managed just four hits while striking out eight times and committing four errors.
Sophomore Ashley Sawyer was 2-for-4 at the plate while Candice Wermes and Kelly Shephard went 1-for-3.
Brittany Ceo pitched six innings and took the loss.
“Brittany did a great job and Jenna Wermes did a wonderful job behind the plate,” Zauner said. “It was just one of those days against a good team. Now we’ve got to get our hitting shoes back on.”
Bear River (10-7, 1-2) will host league-leading West Campus Thursday at 4 p.m.
Nevada Union 9, Kennedy 0
Metro Conference leader Nevada Union (10-8-1, 3-0) won its sixth consecutive game Tuesday, shutting out Kennedy 9-0 in Sacramento.
Junior hurler Rachelle Chan got the win, going five innings with four strike outs. Kayla Bennett, a freshman, finished up for the Miners, going two innings and picking up three strike outs.
NU collected 11 hits on the day. Ashley Griggs was 2-for-2, Kayla Bennett went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Rachelle Chan was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tawny Gordon was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Rosie Purvis was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Sara Nunnink also went 2-for-4 and Kayla Olson went 1-for-3.
Nevada Union will travel to Metro rival Granite Bay (5-9, 1-0) Thursday.
Mira Loma 83, Bear River 66
Mira Loma 78, Bear River 72
Despite missing some key swimmers, Bear River was able to put up a good fight against Mira Loma.
“Some of our best swimmers are away on a field trip,” said Bear River head coach Taryn Loehr. “So that made it tough. Still, we almost won it.”
The Bear River girls had one individual winner and two winning relay teams. Ann Hegglie won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1.09.05. The 200 yard medley relay team of Jessica Agnew, Tosha Duncan, Ann Hegglie and Shannon Dayton won in 2.40.60. The 200 yard freestyle relay team consisting of Ann Hegglie, Stephanie Ursiny, Hayley Loehr and Shannon Dayton were winners with a time of 1.55.84.
The boys had one individual competitor and one relay team win races. Ryan Maxwell won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1.04.66. The 200 yard freestyle team consisting of Ron Angold, Ryan Maxwell, Chase Rogers and Rhett Angold won in 1.45.63.
The Bear River swimmers will compete in Oakmont’s pool Thursday.
Rocklin 3, Bear River 1
A short handed Bear River squad came up short against Rocklin, losing 3-1 by scores of 17-25, 19-25, 25-16, and 22-25.
“We only had six guys,” said Bear River coach Chet Linton. “Plus, it was the first game after spring break. We were a little flat early, but then really played well the last two games.”
Steve White had 13 kills and eight digs, James Dumont eight kills, nine blocks, six digs and four assists. Greg Boone added five kills, three blocks and seven digs.
Bear River (1-4) travels to Oakmont Thursday and Rio Amercano Friday.
Colfax 196, Bear River 209
In a battle of undefeated teams, Colfax came out on top, beating Bear River 196 strokes to 209 strokes Tuesday on the par 36 front nine at Winchester golf course.
Bradley Freeman of Colfax shot even par 36 for medallist honors.
For Bear River, Ryan Ursiny shot 37, Niall Conn 41, Nick Honey 42, Tyler Chicourrat 43, Luke DePass 46 and Eric Brown 52.
Bear River (4-1) tees it up again Thursday against Oakmont at Lincoln golf course.
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