Bear River hands Placer baseball an 8-1 beating

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Andrew Reis thought his fastball lost juice in the later innings.

It didn’t seem to matter.

The Bear River senior pitcher’s off-speed pitches remained deadly and Reis recorded a one-hit complete game as the Bruins handed Placer an 8-1 beat down in a Pioneer Valley League game Thursday at Lake of the Pines.

“Everyone was making plays,” said Reis, who allowed no earned runs on the day. “We really limited the errors today. My ‘D’ played good. It was fun.”

Reis struck out four Hillmen and walked just one batter as the Bruins improved to 3-5, 2-1. The righty had a no-hitter going until Placer’s Todd Valliere got aboard in the sixth inning with a single and eventually scored on an infield error to break the shutout. 

“(Reis) attacked the strike zone, we got ahead in counts, it was a great outing,” Bruins coach Darhorl Ennis said. “It was a big win for us — something that we were looking for. Now we’re on a win streak, two wins in a row in league.”

Travis Anderson had two RBI and was one of eight Bruins to tally a hit. Michael Raigoza, Tyler Toft and Reiss also drove in a run apiece.

Logan Markstein got the starting call for Placer (3-7, 1-2) and pitched well until he was knocked out of the game in the fourth after Bear River used a three-game inning to grab a 4-0 lead.

Valliere and Chandler Skinner-Horne pitched in relief for Placer, which allowed three unearned runs and committed four errors. 

While Bear River did a good job of putting the ball in play and driving in runs, Placer coach John Hilton acknowledged that the Hillmen extended a few frames longer than they should have gone.

Nonetheless, Placer’s bats were rather quiet.

“We struggled getting runners on base, obviously, with only the one hit,” Hilton said. “We didn’t make a good adjustment as far as hitting. Their pitcher did a really good job. We were way out in front all day long and he just kept us off balance. We couldn’t get anything generated on offense.”

Both teams return to the diamond today. Placer hosts Lincoln (9-0, 3-0) at James Field at 7 p.m. Kodiak Gregersen is expected to get the start for the Hillmen, who have just started a stretch of seven games in eight days.

“We’re excited it’s a night game,” Hilton said. “It’s nice for the community. (Lincoln’s) going to bring a lot of power. We’ve got a couple of pitchers we’re going to throw tomorrow that tend to be a little bit more of the off-speed type pitchers. We’re going to try that approach.”

Bear River, which plans on throwing Anderson, heads to Colfax (5-3, 3-0). First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

“(They’re) our other rival,” Reis said of the Falcons. “We’ve had a big rivalry with them for years now. It’ll be fun.”

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