Bear River Bruins bomb way to win
Lincoln (13-3) 6 0
Colfax (12-3) 5 1
B. River (8-8) 4 3
Placer (7-7) 4 3
Center (6-8) 1 6
Foothill (3-13) 0 7
Visiting Bear River used the long ball Thursday afternoon to put a halt to Colfax’s 10-game win streak in a Pioneer Valley League baseball game played on the Falcons’ Quigley Field.
Trailing 5-3 in the sixth inning, the Bruins used a three-run blast off the bat of Nathan Van Patten and then added an insurance tally on a solo home from Clay Corippo in the seventh as Bear River handed Colfax its first PVL loss with a 7-5 decision.
The win for the Bruins ups their PVL record at 4-3 while Colfax slips back to 5-1. Overall the Bruins at 8-8 while the Falcons are 12-3.
Colfax seemed in control of Thursday’s game as the Falcons held a 5-2 advantage through five frames. A two run double by John Louis Pantlick keyed a three-run first inning by the Falcons. In the fifth, a fielder’s choice off the bat off Alex Weir plated Jason Harris who had singled.
But in the top of the sixth, Colfax starter Gaige Spencer ran into trouble as Clay Corippo led off with a double and Aaron Sasville followed with a single. Jake Leonard then hit a single which scored Corippo to trim the margin to 5-3.
Spencer then settled down to fan the next two batters but Van Patten then took a 2-2 offering and deposited it beyond the fence in right field for a 6-5 lead.
After Colfax went down in the sixth, Corippo hit his solo homer leading off the 7th inning to make the score, 7-5. Spencer then led off the home half of the 7th with a single but winning pitcher Jake Rogers got the next two batters on fly outs and the final would be hitter on a called strike out to ice the game.
Van Patten led the win going 3x5 with three RBI while Corippo was 3x4 with a pair of RBI. Leonard also paired hits. For Colfax, Coton Reeves went 2x4, Spencer 2x4 with two RBI and Pantlick with his two-run double.
Colfax plays at PVL leader Lincoln on Tuesday while Bear River travels to Foothill.
Placer 11, Foothill 1: The big news here wasn’t that the Hillmen defeated the Mustangs to win their season series with Foothill, 3-0. It was the fact that Foothill finally broke through with a base hit after being no-hit twice in the first two games with the Hillmen.
Placer pitchers Ryan Lund and Hayden Hanson teamed to allow just one hit as the Hillmen improved to 4-3 in PVL action and 7-7 overall. The Placer pitching duo fanned seven batters in the five inning game.
The Hillmen scored in every inning, including four in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the 10-run mercy rule. Freshman Anson Aroz led the offense, going 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore Peyton Stumbo added another 3-for-3 game with an RBI, and Chandler Dakin contributed a double among two hits and a trio of RBI.
Josh Marcione and Matt Corkery both added doubles for the Hillmen, who host Center on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Del Oro 3, Granite Bay 2: In a Sierra Foothill League cliffhanger that went 10 innings, the Grizzlies misplayed a shot off the bat of Emani Jones in the bottom of the 10th that allowed Zach Thomas to scamper home with the game winner.
Del Oro (3-9, 2-4) received a solid starting mound effort from Owen Cuffe who limited the grizzlies to just two runs on seven hits through seven innings of work.
Delta 3, Foresthill 1: Playing on the road in Clarksburg, the Saints scored three first inning runs and then turned things over to pitcher Cal Rooney who stymied the Wildfires on a two-hitter highlighted by 12 strikeouts.
Foresthill fell to 4-2 in Central Valley California League action and is now 7-3 overall. Anthony Packard with a double and Drew Stroup with a single accounted for Foresthill’s lone raps. Losing pitcher Casey Baldwin went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and fanning six.