Rocklin cripples Bruins’ hopes |

Rocklin cripples Bruins’ hopes

John HartBear River's Craig Chandler (center) waits for the throw as Chad Pruett (24) steals second.
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The Bear River baseball team’s playoff hopes took a shot to the jaw with its 2-1 home field loss to Rocklin Friday.

The Bruins (15-9 overall, 10-8 Sierra Foothill League) , who entered the contest with the league-leading Thunder (17-7-1, 14-4) two games behind second place Placer of Auburn, tallied six hits with no errors in the loss.

The Bruins, on the arm of pitcher Kody Keroher and defense of Craig Chandler and Joey Mar, put a scare into the visitors but couldn’t come away with the win.

“Kody threw good all day. He pitched good enough to win. When you only allow a team like this two runs, you’ve got to put a W on the board. We just didn’t have enough aggressive at bats today.”

Keroher, who struck out four and gave up six hits in the complete game loss, went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Bear River had its chances, but called third strikes took their toll.

Called strikes stranded a runner on third in the first inning, then again with runners at the corners in the sixth inning.

“We were 90 feet away twice, but we just couldn’t get it done, Viola said.

The hosts were down 2-0 with one out in the sixth when Chandler took a Nick Delyon fastball between the shoulder blades.

Mar drove the senior second baseman in from first in Bear River’s next at bat with a double to the fence in left center.

After a Bryan Hart ground out, Keroher moved Mar to third with a single to left. Delyon struck Dillon Chaney out in four pitches to spoil the rally.

In the bottom of the ninth, Delyon fielded a bunt, gave up a grounder and caught Matt Logue looking to seal the victory.

Seth Miller went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.

Bear River will have a chance for a little revenge when it heads to Rocklin 4 p.m. Monday.

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