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John HartSophomore Kelley Cleveland gets down for a throw to first base in Wednesday's game against Woodland.
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The Bear River softball team was unstoppable en route to the Marysville Tournament championship last Saturday.

The Lady Bruins gave up no runs in four straight games to grab the hardware.



No doubt they hoped they had a little bit of that magic left in its Sierra Foothill League matchup with visiting Woodcreek of Roseville Wednesday.




No dice.

Bear River started off strong, but fell victim to unforced errors and weak at-bats in an 8-1 loss.

“I don’t know what it is about the Sierra Foothill League. The energy’s there, the desire’s there, but we just can’t seem to get the job done in this league,” Bear River head coach Duane Zauner said.

Bear River’s Ashley Pruss, who finished with a game-high seven strikeouts, sat the visitors down in order the first two innings and began the third in strong fashion with a lead-off strikeout.

The junior right hander then found some trouble when she loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single.

Woodcreek took a 1-0 lead on a line drive to center, then added two more runs when a throw to the plate for the force out sailed high. The visitors crossed the plate for the fourth and final time of the inning on a passed ball.

The Lady Timberwolves scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to slam the door.

“Their pitcher did a good job of keeping the ball down in the strike zone, but (what it all boils down to is) we didn’t do a good job at the plate,” Zauner said. “I don’t know why, but al we can do now is get ready for Rocklin tomorrow.”

Alyssa Brandfass gave the hosts a boost inn the seventh with a leadoff pinch hit double. She moved to third on a fielder’s choice, then scored on a Brooke Meyers infield grounder.

Bear River’s Kelley Cleveland, Cassie Smith and Candice Wermes had a single each.

Bear River will play at Rocklin 4 p.m. Thursday.


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