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Baseball: Bear River, Placer, Forest Lake Christian get a win

By: Journal sports staff
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The Bear River High School baseball team is 2-1 so far at the Selma High School tournament and has a chance today to advance to the championship game.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said coach Dahorl Ennis of the team’s play in general.

On Monday in Chowchilla, the Bruins (5-7, 2-2 Pioneer Valley League) beat Chavez 9-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in non-league action.

John Burgess pitched a complete game for Bear River and allowed just one earned run, one walk and two hits. He struck out six. He got run support from Jake Sypnicki (2 for 5, 2 RBI), David Chorjel (2 for 2, 3 RBI, double, triple), Travis Anderson (two-run home run) and Andrew Reis (2 for 2, 2 RBI).

The Bruins lost the nightcap 10-5 against Chowchilla. Reis suffered the loss on the mound. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and eight runs — four of which were unearned. Top hitters from the game included Sypnicki (2 for 4, RBI), Brody Beck (2 for 4, RBI, double), Reis (2 for 4, 2 RBI), Chorjel (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Michael Raigoza (1 for 3, RBI, double).

On Tuesday, the Bruins beat Sequoia of Redwood 7-2 behind a strong all-around game from Sypnicki. Sypnicki went the distance on the mound and had five strikeouts. He scattered five hits and allowed two runs. At the plate, Sypnicki was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Others who had good games at the plate included Beck (2 for 4, RBI, double), Chorjel (1 for 3, RBI), Tyler Toft (1 for 3) and Brandon Donley (1 for 4, RBI).

The Bruins take on Riverdale at Selma High School today at 10 a.m. If all of the pieces of the puzzle fall in place and the Bruins reach the championship game of the 16-team tournament, first pitch is set for 7 p.m. Thursday

Placer baseball – The Hillmen (4-10, 1-3 Pioneer Valley League) lost their first two games of the Cordova Easter Tournament Monday but responded with a 20-4 victory Tuesday over Valley in non-league action. Placer fell 5-3 to Rio Linda, a team the Hillmen lost 10-0 against on opening day. Coach John Hilton said Austin LeBleu pitched six strong innings in the loss. Luke Knoble had a double, Chip Mitchell had two hits and Josh Hattrup and Troy Taylor both had a hit. In a 4-2 defeat against Menlo-Atherton, Placer pitcher Tyler Gyms went six innings and allowed four runs on five hits. LeBleu tallied two hits, while Gums, Casey Yunk and Isaac Brahce each had one. On Tuesday, Kodiak Gregersen worked three frames to get the win for Placer and Taylor and Chandler Skinner-Horne pitched an inning apiece in relief. Brahce had an RBI triple and a double, LeBleu added two doubles, Knoble chipped in with a two-bagger and Todd Valliere was 3 for 4 with a double. “The kids hit the ball really well from the very first inning,” Hilton said. Hilton also said he’s seeing improvement from the team’s pitchers, which are becoming more confident. Placer plays Mesa Verde today at 10 a.m. with Knoble getting the start. The Hillmen could be playing in the tournament’s third-place game Thursday depending on the outcomes of the other games. 

Forest Lake Christian 14, San Juan 5 - The Falcons' Kyle Soria was 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and starter Jacob Yarborough and Mikey Rubio both struck out six batters. Daniel Cuneo had two doubles and an RBI for Forest Lake, which hosts San Juan Thursday at 4 p.m.