Tough break foils Bruins
A balk that scored the Oakmont runner in the top of the eighth inning cost Bear River’s baseball team the game, as the Bruins fell 2-1 at home on Wednesday in their Pioneer Valley League opener.
With the score tied at 1-1 Robby Alcombrack was called for the pitching violation.
“Robby gets ready to deliver, the Oakmont batter comes around and squares for a bunt, and the field umpire calls a balk,” Bruins coach Mike Viola said.
With Touchdown Productions – the local TV sports crew – at work, Viola and his players were able to see replays of the pitch after the game.
“It wasn’t a balk,” Viola said. “It wasn’t even close … We watched the tape five times. It was a horrible call.”
The Bruins (0-1, 4-1) could have been in position to win before extra innings had they not allowed an Oakmont runner to score on an error in the sixth.
That run was the only scored during Tyler French’s dominant 6 1/3 innings, as he struck out nine batters while giving up just two hits.
In the bottom of the sixth French also scored Bear River’s only run of the game on a solo homer.
“It was a game we should have won,” Viola said. “If we make our infield plays we win.”
The Bruins play at Lincoln at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Nevada Union 11, Johnson 1
Dan Stith gave up just one hit in his four innings pitching before being replaced by Dane Devogelaere, who threw one strikeout in the fifth and final inning.
Stith fanned three batters while walking three and giving up one earned run.
Kelcey Wirick went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double to lead the Miners, while teammates Josh Noxon and Tom Brindley each went 2-for-2. Noxon had a pair of RBIs and Brindley had a double. Brandon Maraglia was 2-for-3 with a triple.
NU pulled away in the third inning as it scored six runs to take a 9-1 lead.
The Miners (2-3, 4-4) play at Kennedy at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
Bear River 2, Oakmont 0
Brittney Ceo pitched a no-hitter to lead Bear River’s softball team to its first Pioneer Valley League opener win in three years.
Ceo threw all seven innings for the Bruins (1-0, 2-1), striking out five batters and walking two.
Oakmont stood no chance on offense, as two of the four runners who made it on base were thrown out by catcher Jenna Wermes.
Kathryn Rabak and Wermes led the Bruin batters, each going 1-for-2. Kelly Shepard went 1-for-3 and Ashley Sawyer was 1-for-4.
Bear River scored both of its runs in the fourth inning. Rabak scored Casey Vizenor on a bunt for the first run of the game, and Brooke Mosman later knocked in Lisa Matson.
The Bruins host Lincoln at 3:45 p.m. today in their first home game of the season.
Pioneer 5, Forest Lake Christian 4
The Forest Lake Christian tennis team lost a home match to Golden Empire League opponent Pioneer.
The Falcons’ four points came from Thomas Coibion (No. 2 boys singles), who won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, Matt Rose and Mark Huntsinger (No. 1 boys doubles), who won 10-5, Kit Boyd and Peter Ivey (No. 2 boys doubles), who won 10-0, and Ali Robinson and Sarah Shackelford (No. 2 girls doubles), who won 10-8.
Three spots on the Forest Lake Christian squad lost in tiebreakers.
The No. 1 girls doubles team of Torrey Haddad and Chelsea Hanson lost 7-2 in the tiebreaker, as did the mixed doubles team of Jonathon Lehmer and Jackie Sutton.
Nick Coibion, the No. 1 boys singles player, lost his first set in a tiebreaker.
The Falcons play again Friday at home in a 2:30 p.m. game against Capital Christian.
Nevada Union 212, Placer 239
David Milligan and Ryan Walker shot four-over-par 40s at Alta Sierra Country Club as Nevada Union’s boys golf team beat Placer in a non-league match.
Gavin Butcher and John Hyland also completed solid nine-hole rounds, each shooting 42.
The Miners, who finished fourth Monday in a Metro League tournament in Marysville behind Granite Bay, Yuba City and Kennedy, host Franklin at 3 p.m. today.
Coaches may submit game reports for the Local Roundup by calling The Union at 477-4240.
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