Super Ceo to Super Regionial
Courtney Ceo, a 2010 Bear River graduate, helped her No. 3 ranked Lady Ducks as they won their Eugene NCAA regional tournament this past weekend to advance to the Super Regional later this week.
Oregon knocked off BYU 5-2 on Thursday as Ceo started at third base batting second in the order and went 2-for-2 with an RBI sac-fly, a run scored and a walk. Starting Pitcher Jessica Moore threw a complete game and allowed two runs off seven hits while fanning 12 batters. On Friday the Lady Ducks defeated North Carolina 3-0 as Ceo went 2-for-2 at the plate with a sac-bunt, an RBI-single and scored a run. In its final game Sunday, Oregon knocked off No. 25 Wisconsin 3-0 where Ceo was 0-for-2. The Lady Ducks’ Samantha Pappas gave her team a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the second inning and the team added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh with a two-run blast by Janelle Lindvall. Ceo was one of seven Lady Ducks who earned All-Regional Team honors for the weekend. Ceo was also named to the All-Pac-12 Conference First Team and the All-Time Oregon All-Pac-12 Honorees. This season she has posted a .404 batting average, scored a team-high 52 runs and slugged four homers. On the base paths she has been impressive with 22 stolen bases out of 25 attempts.
Oregon (49-9, 19-5 Pac-12) will begin its quest for a trip to Women’s College World Series and a crack at a national title when it battles No. 14 Nebraska in the Super Regionals. All 16 Super Regional sites will feature two teams in two-day, best-of-three game format, with every tilt televised by various ESPN channels.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas— The No. 4 Lady Longhorns won their Austin NCAA Regional tournament this past weekend and will advance to the Super Regionals.
Ceo started at shortstop batting ninth and finished 0-for-1 at the plate with tan RBI sac-fly as Texas defeated Army 5-0. The Lady Longhorns made short work of South Carolina in their second game for an 11-2 victory in five innings. Ceo was 1-for-2 batting with an RBI-single and a walk. In the final game of the weekend Texas took care of South carolina for the second straight time, 6-0. Ceo was 0-for-1 with a walk and scored a run. Texas jumped ahead early in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer by Taylor Thom and later extended its lead when it rallied in the bottom of the fifth to score four runs, which all started with Ceo drawing a walk. After the Lady Longhorns loaded the bases Thom connected for a grand slam to center field.
Texas (47-8, 14-4 Big 12) will begin its quest for the Women’s College World Series when it takes on Florida State in the Super Regionals on Thursday. All 16 Super Regional sites will feature two teams in two-day, best-of-three game format, with every tilt televised by various ESPN channels.
Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs season came to an end this past weekend as they were eliminated at the Tempe NCAA Regional.
Mathis started in right field batting ninth in Friday’s 9-3 loss against No. 21 Georgia. She was 1-for-1 with a bunt-single, a walk and a run scored, but her team couldn’t climb back from an early 5-0 deficit. In Saturday’s 5-2 win over San Jose State, Mathis finsihed 1-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. San Diego State’s offense came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning with the game knotted 1-1 as it rallied for four runs on four hits. It was the Lady Bulldogs who derailed the Lady Aztecs for a second time which ended their season. In the 3-2 loss Mathis was 0-for-2 with a walk as her team fell behind 3-0 after a three-run homer by Paige Wilson in the top of the third. San Diego State came up with its two runs in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run shot by Patrice Jackson and ended the game with two runners left on base in the bottom of the seventh. With the win Georgia advanced to the Super Regionals.
San Diego State (36-20, 13-5 MWC) won the Mountain West Conference, but will have to try its luck again next year for a trip to the Women’s Softball College World Series. Mathis finsihed the season with a .274 batting average, one homer run and a .403 on-base-percentage, which was the third highest on the team.
Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Phelps and the Sierra College softball squad’s season ended after losing to Shasta in the championship game of the 2013 Northern California Super Regionals May 12 in Redding.
In the tournament Phelps started all five games and worked 27 innings as she surrendered 16 earned runs, walked only two batters while recording seven strikeouts to finish with a 3-2 record for the weekend. Overall for the season Phelps finished 21-7 with a 2.40 ERA in 169 1/3 innings pitched.
Sierra College (32-12-1) will look to improve next season when Phelps returns for her sophomore campaign.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins went 1-5 this past week as he pitched in four games and worked seven innings.
In Monday’s 10-3 victory versus the CHicago White Sox, Roenicke threw 1 2/3 innings and only allowed one hit while striking out three batters. In Wednesday’s 9-4 loss to the White Sox the Twins held a 2-0 lead but surrendered it as they gave up a two-run homer in the third and another long ball in the fourth. Roenicke entered the game in the seventh inning with his team trailing 7-4 and pitched 1 2/3 innings as he allowed two hits, two runs and a walk. In a 3-2 loss on Friday versus the Red Sox, Roenicke picked up the loss as he yielded a hit, two walks and a sacrifice fly in top half of the 10th inning. In Sunday’s game against Boston the Twins fell behind 2-0 and Roenicke enetered the game in the middle of the fifth inning to relieve starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez. He came up big for his team and threw 2 2/3 innings of shut out ball as he fanned two. However, the Redsox remained ahead and held Minnesota to just three hits for a 3-1 victory.
The Twins (18-22) begin a nine-game road trip starting today with a series in Atlanta.
Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05) Web.com Tour– Flores played in his second event of the year and came away in a three-way tie for 19th place out of field of 167 golfers at the BMW Charity Pro-Am held at three different courses in South Carolina.
Flores began round one action of the tournament at The Reserve at Lake Keowee where he shot 68 (-4) as he dropped in six birdies for the day with the only blunder coming at the 15th where he had a double bogey. For the second round he kept his scorecard clean with five birdies to shoot a 67 (-5) at the Greenville Country Club. In third round action at the Thornblade Country Club, Flores delivered an eagle on the Par 5 second hole and went on to add four birdies and a pair of bogies to finish the day with a 67 (-4). Entering the final round of the tournament at (-13) Flores kept on his game Sunday and stayed in the 60s as he made five birdies and two bogies at Thornblade County Club to post a 68 (-3) and finish at 270 (-16). Mark D. Anderson won the tournament with a four day total of 259 (-27).
Flores collected $8,158 in prize money and has now made the cut in both tournaments he’s played in this year.
Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense as his team won a close one 21-19 against the California Rhinos Saturday in Hayward.
Saturday’s two-point victory for the Ducks secured the overall No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. McCary has seven tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 37 sacks, 19 interceptions, 18 forced fumbles and allows just 11.3 points per game.
The Delta Ducks (9-0) fly solo in first place in the Pacific Coast Football League and finish their regular season on the road Saturday when they take on the Central valley Jaguars.
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