Bear River gets out of pickle in playoffs
Trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning Saturday afternoon senior Alyssa Reina came up with the biggest hit yet in her brilliant Bear River High softball career.
Reina drilled a two-run double to lift the Bruins over Vanden 7-6. Bear River advanced to Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal where it will take on Benicia at 6 p.m. at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Erin Nichol pitched 7 2/3 innings and was 4-for-4 at the plate as the Bruins moved a step closer to a section title in coach Duane Zauner’s final season as coach.
Ali Thill was 3-for-4 and sparked the eighth-inning rally with a single and a steal. Stephanie Ceo had a clutch RBI-double in the eighth and Cambria Holcomb added a hit and a steal before Reina’s big hit.
Maddie Phelps struck out one batter with runners on second and third base in the top of the eighth. The senior picked up the win for her effort.
Mackenzie Hollister was 2-for-4 and Ashleigh Higginbotham was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Bear River (18-6-2).
Mariposa 7, Foresthill 4 at Lodi — The Wildfires fell in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal Saturday morning despite a valiant comeback.
Nicole Nevares had an RBI-double and Sadie Stroup added a two-run double as Foresthill rallied, but could not catch Mariposa.
Stroup had a solo home run in the second inning and pitched six solid innings, striking out eight and giving up six hits and six walks. Bailey McDonald had a single and Zoe Moss added a bunt-single as Foresthill finished the season with a 10-3 overall record.