PREP BASEBALL: Miners fall in 1st round; Bruins win on the road
Nevada Union’s return to the postseason was short lived.
The Miners, who ended a 12-season playoff drought this year, were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division III bracket after falling to Rio American, 14-4, in the first round Tuesday.
“We battled from day one, not only playing baseball but dealing with all the weather, and they had a great year,” Nevada Union head coach Ted White said after the game. “Nothing to hang their heads about. And, they played a great game today, until the seventh inning.”
Competing on their home diamond, the No. 8 seed Miners held a 4-2 lead after six innings thanks to an RBI double by Nick Noll in the first, an RBI double from Evan Hicks in the fourth and a two-RBI double by James Nolen in the fifth.
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But, the Miners fell apart in the seventh as No. 9 Rio Americano scored 12 runs coming off six hits, three walks, two hit batters and six NU errors.
“That was tough,” White said.
The Miners (16-13) got strong pitching from Noll through the first five innings as the senior allowed just four hits and two earned runs while striking out two and walking none. NU’s bullpen struggled though, allowing seven hits and 12 runs, four of which were earned, in the final two innings.
The Miners tallied six hits in the win, all of which were doubles. Nolen had two and Noll, Hicks, Seth Desena and Bennett King all had one.
Rio Americano was led by Will Heron with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Mateo Lake added three hits, scored twice and had an RBI.
Dylan Elder earned the win from the bump for Rio Americano (20-9), tossing six innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out seven.
The loss concludes a season in which the Miners won 16 games, the most for an NU baseball team since 2011, and finished in second place in the Foothill Valley League.
Rio Americano advances to Thursday’s second round where they will face No. Buhach Colony.
BRUINS 7, LIONS 6
Bear River’s baseball team rallied from an early deficit to knock off No. 4 Linden in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division V playoffs.
The No. 5 Bruins trailed 5-1 before scoring five in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to grab the lead for good.
Leading Bear River at the plate was Nick Baltz with three hits, Nathan Van Patten with two hits and Cole Winters with two hits.
Bear River’s Colton Jenkins earned the win from the bump, and Van Patten got the save.
The Bruins (13-15) advance to the double-elimination portion of the tourney, where they will face No. 1 seed Argonaut at 4 p.m. Friday at Zupo Field in Lodi.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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