Hillmen, Bruins dominate on the diamond

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Senior Matt Ross pitched well and got plenty of support as the Placer High baseball team pounded Lincoln 12-1 Wednesday on the road. The Hillmen belted out a season-high 14 hits, led by a 4-for-4 effort from senior Joel Thys. Griffin Quick was 2-for-2 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Josh Klem had a triple, a double and two RBIs and Spencer Zaputil was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jake Lopez finished 2-for-2 with a triple. Ross gave up one earned run while striking out six and giving up no walks for Placer (6-0 Pioneer Valley League). In junior varsity action, Placer pummeled Lincoln 22-8 to improve to 4-1 in the PVL. Caleb Mitchell finished 3-for-5 with a home run and six RBIs to lead the offense. Nick Mitchell was 4-for-4 with five runs scored, Evan Staton was 4-for-5 with 4 runs and Connor Gray was 3-for-4. Zach Hersch knocked in three and Kyle Wells scored two runs for the Hillmen. Bear River 18, Mesa Verde 3 at Citrus Heights — A nine-run outburst in the third inning propelled the Bruins (4-4, 2-3 Pioneer Valley League) to a five-inning victory over the host Mavericks. Senior outfielder Brandan Johnson and junior catcher Brandon Fry were each 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs for Bear River. Johnson’s hit was his third home run of the season. Junior first baseman Jordan Beskeen went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Bruins. Right-hander Nolan Lewis earned the victory on the mound, scattering five hits and allowing just two earned runs in four innings of work. The senior struck out six batters and walked three. In junior varsity action, Bear River nearly mirrored the varsity squad, scoring nine runs in the fourth inning en route to winning 18-2. Coleman Huntley led the JV Bruins (9-2, 4-1 PVL) at the plate, 3-for-5 with a triple. He also earned the pitching victory, striking out seven in five shutout innings. Michael Lewis and James Harris each went 3-for-3 for Bear River, and Trevor McGhee was 2-for-2.