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Hillmen, Falcons to meet for RC title

Prep Baseball
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High baseball team chipped away and eventually overcame a tough Bradshaw Christian squad on Tuesday to earn a trip to the championship game at the River City Classic. The Hillmen will take on Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax in today’s title game at 4 p.m. at River City. Placer beat Bradshaw Christian 4-3 as Austin LeBleu lined a single into center field to score Todd Valliere, who had tripled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Kevin Giles went six strong innings on the mound and Kevin Harcus pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Michael Reale was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. LeBleu finished 2-for-4. Zach Hersch and Eddie Vanderdoes added doubles and Vanderdoes scored two runs for Placer (9-5). On Monday Placer opened the tournament with a 9-1 win over Churchill County, from Nevada. Vanderdoes tossed a one-hitter and struck out 15. LeBleu was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Kyle Wells was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored to pace the offense. Vanderdoes knocked in two runs to help his own cause and Jake Lewis belted a double. In Monday’s second game the Hillmen dropped River City 5-1 to avenge a season-opening loss to the Raiders. A.J. Sanchez went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 and giving up four hits. Valliere had two RBIs and Casey Yunk knocked in one run for Placer. Hersch and Ryan Mason added singles for the Hillmen. In junior varsity play, Placer beat Red Bluff 11-4 on Tuesday before dropping a 6-0 decision to Cosumnes Oaks at the Carolyn Way Tournament at Laguna Creek. Colton Rank scattered six hits over seven innings and struck out five against Red Bluff. Rank was also 2-for-4 with an RBI. Luke Knoble and Blake Lipsmeyer each had two hits, Logan Markstein had a two-run tripleand Nick Lawicka added a two-run single. Markstein was 2-for-3 in the loss to Cosumnes Oaks. On Monday, Placer’s JV topped Folsom 12-8 as Jordan Wood finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Josh Hattrup was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Tyler Gumms was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Gumms gave up one earned run in five innings to get the win. Colfax 4, River Valley 1 at West Sacramento — Ryan Glazner’s gem sent Colfax to the title game at the River City Classic. The junior went seven innings, scattered eight hits and struck out 10 for the Falcons. Devon Loomis led Colfax (9-4) at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. David Campbell had a double and an RBI, Adam Tricomo was 2-for-2 and Michael Moore added one RBI. Earlier Tuesday, Colfax blanked Liberty Ranch 9-0. Campbell pitched four outstanding innings and James Dean finished off the shutout. Sam Guzman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Moore was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Glazner was 2-for-4 and Roger Lillie added a triple. Bear River 16, Marysville 2 at Lake of the Pines — The Bruins dominated a non-league battle on Monday as Travis Anderson pitched four strong innings and Brody Beck closed the game with two perfect innings. James Harris was 2-for-5 with a double and Anderson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for Bear River. Trevor McGhee added a double and an RBI. Josh Toft and Jake Jarmin each added RBIs. Bear River is back on the field today in Redding at the Shasta tournament against Lassen.