Prep Roundup: Sixth-straight win for Lady Bruin softball
Four-year starters Courtney Ceo and Katie Mathis helped lead the Lady Bruins to their 90th career victory at Bear River Wednesday, but it was the underclassmen who carried much of the offensive load in an 8-2 win at Woodland.
Sophomore Stephanie Ceo went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, 2 RBI and three runs scored, while classmate Alyssa Reina was 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Freshman Hallie Heth had two hits, including a double, and sophomore Courtney Edwards was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Mathis went 2 for 4 with a double, while senior classmate Christianne Thill added a 2-for-4 day with a double and RBI to Bear River’s 13-hit attack.
“The kids are really starting to hit the ball,” said Bear River coach Duane Zauner.
Erin Nichol, who picked up the pitching victory despite struggling with an ear infection, struck out five and allowed two runs on five hits with no walks in six innings. Courtney Ceo came on in relief in the seventh, striking out the side to seal the 90th win for her and Mathis.
“Ninety wins,” Zauner said. “That’s a phenomenal feat. Ten more and they’ve won 100 in their career at Bear River High School.”
The Lady Bruins, who won their sixth straight game to move to 6-1 overall, host rival Colfax to open Pioneer Valley League play at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Bear River’s junior varsity team defeated Woodland by a 14-1 score in five innings Wednesday.
Nevada Union 2, Oakmont 0
The Lady Miners opened Sierra Foothill League action with a victory over host Oakmont Wednesday.
Karly Harris struck out six while allowing five hits for the shutout win.
Brianna Nicholson went 2 for 3 at the plate, while Akasha Dykes was 2 for 2 with two doubles, including a two-run double. According to NU assistant coach Kelly Boren, Dykes sustained a knee injury while trying to stretch her double into a triple and was transported to a hospital. Further details were not available at press time.
Nicholson and Bernadette Boren, who also had a hit, each scored Dykes’ two-run double.
Nevada Union (3-0) travels to Foothill (Palo Cedro) for a doubleheder Friday.
JV: Nevada Union 16, Oakmont 5
NU’s junior varsity also beat the Vikings to open 1-0 in the SFL Wednesday.
Reilly Gandell struck out five with two walks while scattering seven hits and five runs in the five-inning game.
Remington Maxwell went 2 for 3 with two triples and three runs scored. Dana Dickinson had a single and 2 RBI, while Taylor Mitchell had a hit and scored three runs. Racheal Olson had a hit and scored a run.
NU turned a double play in the fourth inning, as second baseman Olson threw to shortstop Dickinson, who then threw to Maxwell at first base.
NU (2-0) hosts Rocklin Monday.
Bear River 2, Lincoln 1
Sophomore Janelle Jensen knotted the game at 1-1 for the Lady Bruins with a goal just before the end of the first half Wednesday at Lincoln.
And with about 15 minutes remaining in the match, senior Bree Rogers put the ball into the back of the net off a free kick to give Bear River its first win of the season.
The Lady Bruins, who fell to Placer 2-0 in Monday’s Pioneer Valley League opener, moved to 1-2-1 on the season. Bear River is back in action at 4 p.m. Monday, traveling to El Dorado for another PVL matchup.
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