NU takes tourney title in San Diego
Nevada Union’s varsity baseball team made its first appearance in a San Diego Lions Tournament championship game last spring, finishing as runner-up in its division.
This time, the Miners are bringing home the tournament title.
Nevada Union nailed down a 9-5 win over Monte Vista Thursday night to claim the 4A Division championship by posting a 4-1 record over the four-day tournament.
“We broke it open in the sixth,” said NU coach Ted White. “We were down 3-0 in the first inning, but we kind of scrapped our way back and took the lead in the bottom of the fourth (5-3).
“I think our first two wins (of the tournament) were kind of ugly, but we found a way to get the job done. And then (Thursday), it was one of those things where we were just going to find a way to win, no matter what.”
The Miners added four more runs in the sixth inning for some insurance, as Monte Vista scored two runs in the seventh but fell short of any comeback threat.
Chris Porter went 3-for-4 in the game, while Ethan McGill was 2-for-4 with a double and Josh Cena went 2-for-3 at the plate. Broughan Jantz and Tyler Lyckberg each added a double for NU.
Lawrence Reese recorded the win, throwing the first four innings of action, before Dusty Zeisler came on for the final three innings and the save.
Zeisler also recorded a save in Thursday’s 6-5 semifinal win over Francis Parker. The relief appearances were the first of the season for the sophomore, who also had 2-for-3 with a double. Over the course of four days, Zeisler also had a home run and two doubles, which helped earn the tournament’s MVP award.
Jantz and McGill each went 2-for-4 in the semifinal win, while Corey Mortara had a double.
Four Miners made mound appearances in the game, as Dillon Jones got things started by throwing three no-hit innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Matt Eccarius, Mortara and Zeisler each pitched an inning in relief.
Nevada Union (8-4) is idle until an April 12 road trip to Oakmont in Sierra Foothill League action.
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