Nevada City to square off against Bear River in final |

Nevada City to square off against Bear River in final

It’s up to two teams to decide who will become District 11, Area 2 Major champion after Nevada City dropped Grass Valley 12-9 Friday in eight innings. The win earns Nevada City the right to battle the so-far-unstoppable Bear River squad in the finals.

Friday’s game made it clear, however, that whichever team Bear River would face it would be a major threat to its chances to win.

For the second time in two days, Nevada City’s early lead deteriorated and extra innings was inevitable.

Grass Valley drew first blood in the first inning when Anthony Olivas picked up one of his two doubles in the game to drive in Jordan Smith, who batted 2 for 2.

In the second inning a different picture was quickly painted as Nevada City went on a seven-run tear. Started by two Grass Valley errors, Nevada City trampled down the door that had been opened, getting three hits in a row, two of them RBI shots by Josh Cena and Travis Milhous. Both players batted 1 for 1 on the night.

Later in the inning Daniel Charvoz, who led all batters in the game with a 4-for-4 performance, had his first of 2 RBI knocking in a run to put the score at 5-1. Charvoz’s single was followed by a 2-RBI double from Robbie Porter, Porter’s only hit.

Grass Valley’s starting pitcher, Dillon Jones, was replaced at that point by Matt Blesio, who gave up only two runs in his 5 2/3 inning on the mound.

Meanwhile Nevada City’s pitching slipped up, allowing a five-run fourth for Grass Valley.

Porter had started the game for Nevada City and had a solid performance through the first three innings, but in the fourth he came close to giving up what had become a six-run lead.

Four batters hit off of Porter in the inning, including singles from Glenn Hogan and Kirby Hopper and RBI singles from Jones and Conor Maloney.

The hole for Grass Valley, which had grown back to three runs after Nevada City picked up another run in the fifth, seemed hard to fill, even after that bats had come alive two innings prior.

Charvoz came in to close for Nevada City, but what could have been three outs worth of pitching turned into three innings after he allowed Grass Valley to tie the game at nine and put it to extra innings.

It was Olivas again who came up with the timely hit, this time a triple to bring in the tying run with two outs for Grass Valley.

After a blown lead in the sixth Charvoz settled down, giving up no runs the rest of the way.

In the eighth inning, it took Grass Valley three pitchers – Hogan, Maloney and Scott Britton – to get three outs, but those outs didn’t come before Nevada City picked up another three runs, only one of which was needed to win the game.

“Our guys have no quit in them at all,” Nevada City manager Brian Harrison said. “They’re fighting and having fun doing it.”

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