Nevada Union ends regular season against Oakmont
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference Friday night when Oakmont pulled out a regular reason-ending 2-0 victory against Nevada Union at Raley Field in Sacramento.
Oakmont, the Pioneer Valley League co-champion, broke up a scoreless deadlock in the sixth in a nonleague game that gave both clubs an opportunity to tune up for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start this coming Saturday.
Nevada Union (19-6, 14-4) finished tied for second place with Granite Bay in the Metro Conference, but the Miners earned the No. 2 seed by winning two of three regular season meetings.
The Miners face Jesuit, the Delta League’s No. 2 seed, in the opening round of the playoffs at 10 a.m. Saturday at American River College in Sacramento.
Oakmont (17-5 overall) finished tied for first place in the Pioneer Valley League with Bear River, both at 11-1. A coin flip will determine the PVL’s No. 1 seed into the section Division III tournament.
Friday night, Nevada Union senior Nic Gauldin (6-2) and Brian Pierce (6-0) were locked up in a scoreless pitching duel through two innings. Kelcie Wirick came on to pitch in the fourth for Nevada Union, with Russell Brackett entering in the fifth. Dane Devogeleare pitched in the sixth with Matt Custer pitching the final out in the inning.
Alex Seider took over for Oakmont in the third and gave way to Jimmy Munill in the sixth.
Oakmont finished with four hits and Nevada Union with three.
J.V.: NU 14, River Valley 1
Five players collected multiple hits and the Miners broke open their season finale with a seven-run fifth inning rally Friday in Yuba City.
The Miners finish with a 12-5 Metro Conference record.
“We came on strong the second half of the season after we finally got a chance to get outside,” NU coach Dan Rackley said. “We didn’t have a single error in our last five games, which for a J.V. team is phenomenal.”
Matt Morse hit 3-for-5 with a double and triple in the fifth inning, while Tucker Colomb went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the offense. Kyler Caldwell also hit 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Steele Jantz 2-for-4 with a double and Will Havard 2-for-4.
NU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Morse and Justin Stewart singled, followed by a two-run double by Jantz. The Miners had eight hits in the fifth: Jordan Stillwaugh and Caldwell doubled, Morse hit his double and triple, while Travis Custer, Cody Johnson, Colomb and Havard each singled.
Greg Heauser pitched four innings of three-hit ball to go with seven strikeouts and no walks. Jordan Sheffield pitched a perfect fifth to close out a game called due to the 10-run rule.
Forest Lake Christian 13,
Woodland Christian 12
Even though there won’t be any playoffs, the Falcons got the next best thing Friday when they rallied to score nine runs in the top of the seventh inning for a season-ending win against Central Valley Christian League champion Woodland Christian.
Woodland Christian, 9-0 in league coming into the game, took a 12-3 lead into the seventh. The Falcons capitalized on nine walks during the inning, as well as a pair of bases-loaded singles by Megan Sanders that accounted for three RBIs. Lindsey Richert was walked home with the go-ahead run.
Despite giving up eight errors in the game, the Falcons came through with some clutch defense in the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on base and the heart of Woodland Christian’s order coming up, catcher Jessica Lockhart threw out the runner trying to steal third base for the second out. Then, third baseman Julie Moore made a running catch of a short pop fly on the line for the final out.
Christel Johnson pitched the distance for the Falcons, allowed 13 hits but only walked two batters.
Lockhart hit 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles, one of which came in the seventh. Moore also hit 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Lauren Schrack, Lindsey Engbrecht, Rebecca Farnum, Johnson and Richart all contributed one hit each.
Forest Lake Christian finished its season with a 7-3 league record, good for third place behind Woodland Christian and Victory Christian, and 7-6 overall.
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