Penn Valley’s wild comeback |

Penn Valley’s wild comeback

Things just didn’t seem to be going Travis Custer’s way Tuesday night in Auburn, as he and his Penn Valley Junior All Star teammates fell behind Grass Valley by a 10-1 count.

Custer, who started the game on the mound, was moved to the outfield after Grass Valley’s bats broke the game open with a seven-run second inning. The lead ballooned to 10-1, but Penn Valley and Custer found a way to bounce back for a 14-11 victory.

After making a return to the mound, Custer kept Grass Valley quiet for most of the final four innings, allowing just one more run. Penn Valley clawed back to within 10-7 of Grass Valley after five and then took control with a seven-run inning of its own.

Carl Furhman’s double cleared the bases for three runs, followed later in the inning by a two-run double off the bat of Custer, for a 14-10 lead.

“Both teams played really well,” said Penn Valley assistant coach Larry Hopkinson. “It was one of those games where it all boiled down to momentum. If they had got the momentum back, we might have lost.”

Penn Valley advanced to the second round of the Junior All Star (13-14 year olds) winner’s bracket, where it will face tournament host Auburn at 5 p.m. today.

Grass Valley returns to action at 7:30 p.m. today, where it will face Bear River, which lost 4-2 to Nevada City Tuesday.

Nevada City 4, Bear River 2

Nevada City starting pitcher Travis Lance took a shutout into the seventh inning Tuesday, before Bear River finally broke into the scoring column. But Bear River’s two runs still weren’t enough to catch Lance and his Nevada City teammates in a 4-2 win.

Lance worked 6 1/3 innings, before being relieved by Kelsey Wirick, who ended Bear River’s late threat with a strikeout and forcing a ground out.

11-year-old All Stars

Bear River 8, Grass Valley 0

Bear River got itself off to a good start in the opening round of this three-team tournament at Pioneer Park in Nevada City, blanking Grass Valley 8-0.

Michael Lucas picked up the shutout victory for Bear River, after a trio of teammates provided some big hits. Cole White homered and doubled in his 2-for-3 night at the plate, while David Beghetti added a 2-for-3 performance and Justin Lawton went 4 for 5.

James Beggs took the loss on the mound for Grass Valley, while Alec Hamlin and Lawrence Reese each singled.

Bear River will face tourney host Nevada City at 7 p.m. today, while Grass Valley will await the loser in a 7 p.m. consolation bracket matchup Thursday.

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