Penn Valley rallies back for win
Holding a 6-4 lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, tournament host Nevada City looked as though it was about to open District 11 Major All-Stars play on a high note.
But Penn Valley rallied back with three runs to pull out a 7-6 win Friday and advance to the winner’s bracket final.
Dusty Zeisler drove in two of those runs with a hard hit ball to right field and Jared Cook pushed across the game-winner with a single to center field.
Zeisler got the offense going early for Penn Valley with a two-run homer in the first inning. Nevada City responded with a two-run shot over the center field wall by Bert Heinzelman for a 3-2 lead in the top of the third. But back came Penn Valley with two unearned runs in the bottom half for a 4-3 lead.
Nevada City looked to have taken control in the top of the sixth, as Alex Charvoz – who had two hits on the night – singled and stole home on a passed ball. Brandon Fabela then followed Charvoz across the plate on an error for a 6-4 lead.
At 5 p.m. Monday, Penn Valley will play the winner of Friday’s matchup between Grass Valley and Sierra Foothills. Results were not available at press time.
Nevada City returns to action at 5 p.m. today, facing Newcastle in the consolation bracket.
10-11 year olds
Nevada City 9,
Bear River 2
Julian Belluomini struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of work on the mound and the defense behind him backed him up, as Nevada City’s 10-11 year old All Stars opened District 11 Little League tournament play with a 9-2 win over Bear River Friday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
“We did not score after the second inning,” said Nevada City manager John Sekerak. “I thought we came out and played very well. We made some routine plays in the first inning without any errors and we played solid defense through the first couple of innings.
“We had some letdowns later, but it didn’t hurt us. But the way we played early, that’s what got us off to a good start.”
Michael Sekerak had the only multiple-hit night for Nevada City, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Belluomini got things started for Nevada City by driving in the first run of the game with a triple.
Bear River was led at the plate by Jake DePass, who went 2-for-3 on the night.
9-10 year olds
Nevada City 6
Host Foresthill opened its District 11 tournament play with a 9-6 win over Nevada City Friday.
Nevada City was led by Jordan Jianino and Shawn Jordan, who each had two singles on the night. Joey Souza blasted a two-run home run over the left-center field wall for Nevada City.
Foresthill advances to Tuesday’s winner’s bracket final, against the winner of today’s matchup between Bear River and Newcastle.
Nevada City will play again at 5:30 p.m. Monday, facing the winner of today’s matchup between Grass Valley and Penn Valley.
Coaches may file their game reports by phone (477-4240) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Photographers are also encouraged to submit their shots and may do so in a JPEG format. Submission deadline is 10 p.m.
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