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Miners smash Cougars

Nevada Union’s varsity baseball team returned to Metro Conference action Wednesday in smashing style, as the Miners broke out the bats for a 16-2 win over the host Kennedy Cougars in five innings.

NU head coach Ted White said he was impressed with the way the Miners came out to play in their first game since an incident involving seven players – who have yet to return to the lineup – occurred at a tournament in San Diego last week.

“We went with the same group we went with in San Diego,” White said. “For all the adversity we’ve faced in the last 10 days, I tell ya, in my 26 years of coaching I have never been more proud of team than I was today.

“We had to get the job done and they rose to the occasion and got our ‘W’ for us.”

Dan Rackley, who led the Miners with a 2-for-2 day at the plate with a triple and 2 RBIs, picked up the win on the mound after striking out eight and allowing two hits and one run in four innings of work. Nic Gauldin finished things up in the fifth for NU.

Nevada Union scored two runs in the top of the first, before breaking the game wide open with a seven-run third inning.

Josh and Nic Gauldin each went 2-for-4 hitting with a double, while Nic added 2 RBIs. Kyle Brackett drove in a pair of runs, as did Steven Davis and Daniel Graning.

The win moves Nevada Union to 4-7 overall and 2-1 in the Metro Conference. The Miners have full slate of league play ahead next week, as NU hosts Granite Bay (2-0 Metro) and Yuba City (1-2) on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, and travels Grant (1-2) Friday.

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