Nevada Union’s rally falls short
Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, staring at a 6-0 deficit on the scoreboard, there likely weren’t many at Nevada Union expecting their Miners to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate by the bottom of the seventh Friday.
But the Miners did just that.
NU put together a late rally, and had the necessary runners aboard to knot the game, but the Miners still fell short of Woodcreek 7-4 in Sierra Foothill League baseball action.
“We battled the whole game,” said NU coach Ted White. “There were some questionable calls and some balls that didn’t go through. But that’s baseball.
“What really pleased me was that we competed all the way to the end.”
Woodcreek (7-3 overall, 4-2 SFL) put the Miners in a hole early, thanks to back-to-back, third-inning home runs. Ryan Rieger, a lefty, sent a shot over the right-center field fence for two runs, followed by a solo shot over the left-center field fence by righty Sean Harris.
In the top of the fifth, the Timberwolves doubled their pleasure with a three-run homer by Michael Hagarty over the left field fence.
On the opposite side of the ledger, Nevada Union was hitless heading into the bottom half of the fifth. Woodcreek southpaw Ryan Braas kept the Miners off balance but totaled just three strikeouts in the first four frames.
In both the third and fourth innings ” with runners on first and second with one out ” Braas was left off the hook by double plays turned by his teammates.
“I thought we had some good at bats and we hit the ball well,” White said. “Hitting is so contagious. All it takes is one guy to break the ice and boom!”
The Miners broke through in the bottom of fifth thanks to the seven, eight and nine hitters in the lineup. NU junior Dalton Covert singled to center field, followed by base hits from sophomore Greg Heauser and senior Dane Devogeleare.
Kelcey Wirick, a junior who drew the start for the Miners on the mound, pushed one run across with a sacrifice fly before senior Russell Brackett blasted a two-run double to right-center field.
Woodcreek reliever Michael Nicodemus then got NU seniors Devin Genovese and Josh Pitts to fly out and ground out, respectively, to end the inning.
The Timberwolves added another run in the top of the seventh, before the Miners make one last run at comeback in the bottom half.
Trailing 7-3, Nevada Union turned to its bench for a spark and the a pair of Miners responded with pinch-hit singles. Aaron Lane singled to center, while Josh Blackston belted a liner to right, breathing life back into potential rally.
After Brackett singled to load the bases, however, the Miners were able to only push one run across ” thanks to a sacrifice shot to center by Genovese ” ending the game at 7-4.
“Nobody likes to lose,” White said, “but so many of the games we’ve played against good competition we didn’t so much get beat, but beat ourselves.
“Shoot, we competed today. I think everybody believed we had a shot to win.”
The Miners (3-9, 3-4), who have won three of their past five games, head to the 57th annual Lions Tournament in San Diego on Monday.
“I think we’re this close to getting over the edge,” White said. “I think San Diego is coming at a great time. We still have some question marks and this will give some guys a chance to play in a more relaxed setting for us.”
Woodcreek ab r h rbi
Brian Wiedel 4 0 1 0
Danny Black 5 0 3 0
Giovanni Rios 5 1 0 0
Ryan Rieger 3 1 1 2
Sean Harris 4 1 2 1
Eli Hynes 3 1 0 0
Brad Rosseau 3 1 0 0
Michael Hagarty 3 2 3 3
Daniel Weld 3 0 1 0
Totals 33 7 11 6
Nevada Union ab r h rbi
Kelcey Wirick 2 0 0 1
Russell Brackett 4 0 2 2
Devin Genovese 2 0 0 1
Josh Pitts 3 0 0 0
Steele Jantz 3 0 0 0
Zander Zeisler 3 0 0 0
Dalton Covert 3 1 1 0
Greg Heauser 1 1 1 0
Aaron Lane 1 1 1 0
Dane Devogeleare 2 1 1 0
Josh Blackston 1 0 1 0
Totals25 4 7 4
WC (7-3) 003 030 1 ” 7 11 2
NU (3-9) 000 030 1 ” 4 7 1
DP ” Woodcreek 2. LOB ” Woodcreek 12, Nevada Union 6. 2B ” Black (2), Hagarty, Brackett. HR ” Rieger, Harris, Hagarty.
IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Braas (W) 4 4 3 3 3 3
Michael Nicodemus 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 0
Hagarty 1 3 1 1 0 0
IP H R ER BB SO
Wirick 2 2/3 7 3 2 1 1
Heauser (L) 1 1/3 1 2 2 2 1
Caldwell 2 1/3 2 1 1 2 1
Genovese 2/3 0 0 0 1 0
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