Bear River rolls to NorCal title
The Bear River High softball team took on some of Northern California’s best and came out on top Saturday at the NorCal Classic tournament in Tracy.
Sophomore Erin Nichol pitched a one-hit shutout in the title game as the Bruins beat Clovis 3-0 in the championship game of the Platinum Division bracket. Senior Christianne Thill knocked in two runs and Katie Mathis added two hits in the title game victory.
Earlier Saturday Bear River edged Salpointe Catholic of Arizona 2-1. Courtney Ceo raced home with the winning run on a wild pitch and Nichol was dominant. Mathis added two hits.
On Friday, Bear River beat Tracy 4-3 and won over Rocklin 5-4. In the victory over Tracy, Stephanie Ceo had three doubles and a single to pace the attack and Courtney Ceo pitched one inning of relief to get the win. Alyssa Reina’s two-run single in the seventh inning was the difference.
In the Rocklin win, Nichol pitched four innings in relief to get the win. Courtney Ceo and Mathis were both 3-for-4 and Ceo scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Nichol, Mathis, Reina, Stephanie Ceo and Courtney Ceo earned all-tournament honors for the Bruins (13-1).
Colfax third at NorCal Classic
The Falcons beat Downey 8-2 Friday to take third place in the Bronze Division in Tracy.
Randi Anderson scattered six hits to get the win while Hali Eckles went 4-for-4 at the plate. Sara Davidson was 2-for-4, Ashley Scott was 2-for-3 and Taylor Gerlach was 2-for-2 for Colfax.
The Falcons fell to Pitman 6-0 earlier Saturday as Cassandra Campbell had the lone Falcons’ hit.
Earlier in the tournament Colfax blanked Orestimba 5-0 as Anderson tossed a two-hitter and Davidson went 2-for-4. In a 7-1 win over Lincoln of Stockton, Scott was 3-for-4 with a home erun and Campbell was 3-for-4 with a double. Davidson also went 3-for-4 and Steffany Dunn was 2-for-3 with a double.
Anderson and Campbell were all-tournament selections for the Falcons.
Placer second at Bulldog Classic
The Hillgals won two of three in a one-day tournament at Folsom Saturday, highlighted by a 5-1 win over Rio Americano.
Jenna Knox and Brooke Stufflebean combined on a three-hitter and Alexis Strickland was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Placer. Stufflebean knocked in two runs and Kacy Romero was 2-for-3. Haley Tupen scored twice.
The Hillgals fell to Capital Christian 6-2 as the Cougars rallied for all six runs in the third inning. Taylor Graham was 2-for-2 with an RBI for Placer while Stufflebean had a single and an RBI. Tupen had a hit and a run.
Placer beat Yosemite 8-1 to open the tournament as Romero lead the way with a double, a triple and three RBIs. MacKenzie McGowan was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Kristin Close was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Graham added two hits.
Foresthill 21, Faith Christian 0 at Foresthill — The Wildfires cruised in a nonleague contest as sophomore Nicole Nevares knocked in six runs and scored four in a 3-for-5 day. Corinne Nevares was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI while Kaitlin McCann was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.
Corinne Nevares pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight.