Miners mow down Cougars
Travis Custer and Kelcey Wirick each went 3-for-3 Monday as Nevada Union’s varsity baseball team broke out the bats for a 14-2, non-league win in five innings over Kennedy.
The Miners totaled 13 hits on the day, including a double, triple and home run – with four runs scored – off the bat of Wirick. Custer and Broughan Jantz each added double to the cause, while Kyler Caldwell’s three-run double was part of a six-run fourth inning.
“We’ve been kind of struggling with the bats a little bit,” said NU coach Ted White. “Even though we came in 2-1, we hadn’t really hit the ball.
“It was nice to come out and see them swinging the sticks in a pretty good offensive showing.”
A pair of NU pitchers also had strong outings, as Dalton Covert picked up the win on the mound after allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in four innings. Jared Ralph pitched the final inning in relief.
Nevada Union (3-1) hosts Granite Bay Wednesday in the Sierra Foothill League opener.
JV: Nevada Union 15,
Zion Davidson hit a home run and Matt Blesio picked up the win on the mound, as the Miners routed Kennedy 15-0 in five innings.
“We got run support up and down the lineup,” said NU coach Richard Lopp.
NU’s junior varsity will travel to Granite Bay Wednesday and faces Rocklin on the road Friday.
Nevada Union 2,
Granite Bay 1
Eleven minutes into the match, NU’s Anne Dunne took control of the ball at midfield, beat two defenders and scored on a shot to the far post, putting Nevada Union up 1-0 at the half of Monday’s Sierra Foothill League soccer showdown with defending champ Granite Bay.
That goal was the first in more than a week for NU, which had finished each of its previous four matches with a scoreless tie.
Seven minutes into the second half, Riley Grimm took control, beat two defenders and scored on a shot over the top of the goalkeeper to the far post.
With 15 minutes to go, Granite Bay scored for the 2-1 final count.
According to NU coach Mike Voss, Granite Bay outshot the Miners 10-7, but Nevada Union senior Avery Vaughn came up with seven key saves. Jocelyn Rapp and Michelle Horstman had a strong match at midfield.
Nevada Union (3-1-5 overall, 1-0-1 SFL) hosts Del Oro at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
JV: Granite Bay 1, Nevada Union 0
Nevada Union’s junior varsity lost 1-0 to Granite Bay, dropping to 1-1-0 in SFL action and 6-2-1 overall.
Bear River 7, El Dorado 2
Matt Veneman and Marie Paquin each scored victories for Bear River at the No. 1 single spots, leading the Bruins to a 7-2 win over El Dorado in Placerville Monday.
“We just came off the match against Colfax, where we lost 5-4,” said Bear River coach Jeff Carrow. “I really wanted to come out strong today because we still have some lofty goals for this season – mainly, making the playoffs.”
To do that Bear River must earn either first or second place in the Pioneer Valley League.
Veneman was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1 boys singles, while Paquin took her match 6-3, 6-3.
Neil Erickson and Max Monroe won 10-4 at No. 1 boys doubles for Bear River, while Daniel Meadows and Shawn Shirvanioun were 10-1 winners at the No. 2 boys doubles. The No. 1 girls doubles team of Lindsey Harter and Emilie Garber won 10-6, while Nicole Moore and Chelsea Conley won 10-1 at the No. 2 doubles slot. Andrew Hall and Haley DePass took the mixed doubles match 10-1.
Bear River (3-2 overall, 1-1 PVL) hosts Lincoln Thursday.
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