Bruins dominate Dandelion Classic

Spring Sports Roundup
By: Todd Mordhrost Journal Sports Editor
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The Bear River High softball team continued to dominate the Dandelion Classic in Jackson, just as it has the entire Sac-Joaquin Section the past four years.
The Bruins claimed their third title in four years at Argonaut’s tournament, blanking Escalon 3-0 in the championship game Saturday.
Alyssa Reina hit an RBI-triple and smacked her second home run of the day against the Cougars on her way to earning tournament MVP honors for the Bruins.
Junior pitcher Maddie Phelps was an all-tournament selection after going 4-0 in the tournament. She gave up just one hit, one walk and struck out five in the title game.
Junior Stephanie Ceo also earned all-tournament honors.
In a 10-3 win over Argonaut earlier Saturday, Courtney Edwards led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Placer third in Jackson
Placer got off to a hot start Friday at the Dandelion Classic, but cooled off Saturday on its way to a fourth place finish.
The Hillgals fell 11-3 to Aronaut in Saturday’s third place game despite a pair of home runs and three RBIs from Haley Tupen. Kacy Romero added a double while Taylor Graham, Kailey Gaffney, Brooke Stufflebean, Jenna Knox and Taylor Hill added singles.
Earlier Saturday, Placer was no-hit by Escalon in a 4-0 loss. Knox pitched well, giving up four hits and no earned runs.
On Friday, Placer kicked off the tournament with an 8-0 win over Yosemite as Knox and Stufflebean combined for a no-hitter. Stufflebean also finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the offense. Graham, Hill, Alyssa Chapman and Emma Zoller each had a hit and an RBI. Romero added a hit, as did Jamie Schlenker.
Placer defeated Calaveras 11-2 in Friday’s second game, erupting for eight runs in the second inning to break the game open.
Knox went the distance for the win, adding a single, a run scored and one RBI. Stufflebean was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs, Graham was 3-for-3 and Hill was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Chapman knocked in three runs and Romero plated two runs. Tupen scored two runs for the Hillgals.

Placer 7, Mesa Verde 2
— The Hillmen roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to drop their former Pioneer Valley League foes in their final test before PVL play begins.
Paul Bandanza pitched 4 2/3 solid innings to get the win in relief and was 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI. Tyler Lipsmeyer knocked in two runs while Evan Staton was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Ryan Ballardo and Nick Mitchell had one RBI each while Caleb Mitchell added a hit and a run.
In junior varsity play, Placer beat Mesa Verde 9-6. Danny Humphries was 3-for-3 with an RBI while Austin LeBleu finished 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Todd Valliere was 2-for-3 with a double and Casey Mitchell was also 2-for-3. Casey Yunk and Cody Gregerson also had hits. Valliere got the win on the mound.