Prep baseball: Woodcreek too much for Nevada Union
Special to The Union
An eight-run third inning by Woodcreek was too much for Nevada Union to overcome in their league tilt Wednesday as the Miners fell 13-2.
The Miners (4-6, 1-4 Sierra Foothill League) used three different pitchers to try and stem the tide in the top of the third, but couldn’t get out of the inning until they had given up seven hits, four walks, and the game for good. After seeing Woodcreek get way out in front of a tie, the Miners looked out of sorts the rest of the way.
“Pitching sets the tempo, and Chris (Sardo) didn’t have his good stuff today. When we come back and tie it up and the momentum is in our dugout, we have to have a shutout inning to keep the momentum and it just didn’t happen,” said NU coach Ted White. “I think, if anything, these guys have to understand that you have to compete every pitch. I kind of feel like we were a little embarrassed today and they need to understand that they can either sit around and take it or step up and compete.”
The game felt like it was going in a different direction in the bottom of the second. Sam Powell led off the inning, reaching first after being struck in the foot by an errant pitch from Woodcreek’s Austin Loeb. After Andrew Schnitzius (1-for-1) drew a walk, Loeb again plunked an NU batter, this time Jordan Jiannino, to load the bases. Two batters later, lead-off hitter Dalton Maxwell capitalized with a single to even the game at 2-2.
NU could only muster a single hit after that.
The Miners’ bugaboo might be the third inning after losing nearly the same way at Woodcreek’s ballpark Monday night. The game was tied at one run apiece before Woodcreek scored five in the bottom of the third, eventually winning 7-2.
In Wednesday’s game, Woodcreek’s offense was led by Tyler Malone (3-for-3 with three RBIs), Jack Rotteveel (2-for-3 with an RBI), and Joey Pankratz (3-for-4 with three RBIs). The pitching duo of Loeb and senior Kyle Barron worked to silence NU’s bats, notching four strikeouts on the afternoon.
The two teams conclude their three game series in Roseville on Friday. White says the team must approach the contest with the mindset that “we’re not going to let anybody embarrass us.”
“The fact is if we play hard and compete and we lose, that’s baseball. But I don’t feel like we did a very good job of competing today in some phases of the game. It’s up to these guys to bounce back and show them what they are made of,” he said.
JV: Woodcreek 11, Nevada Union 1
The Miners JV squad lost their second game in as many days to Woodcreek on Wednesday, dropping their league record to 1-4 overall.
Bright spots for NU came at the plate with Ben Powell notching a double, Sam Hopper with a base hit and Ty Trathen with an RBI single.
The Miners close the three-game series with Woodcreek Friday.
Spencer Kellar is a free lance writer that contributes to The Union regularly.
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