Hillmen get back at Zebras
The Placer High baseball team walked and blooped its way past Lincoln Thursday at James Field. In the process, the Hillmen jumped back into the league title race.
Ryan Mason mowed down nine Lincoln batters over the final four innings in a complete-game win. In the bottom of the seventh, his blooper into left field fell in and Placer emerged with a 5-4 win.
Kyle Wells finished 2-for-4 and set up the three-run rally in the seventh with a leadoff hit. Zach Hersch, Michael Reale, Eddie Vanderdoes and Todd Valliere drew walks in the seventh while Austin LeBleu’s fielder’s choice was good for an RBI. Valliere’s walk brought in the tying run.
LeBleu finished 2-for-4 while Reale scored two runs and Vanderdoes added a single for Placer, which had just five hits in the game.
The Hillmen improved to 8-5 in the Pioneer Valley?League, one game back of the league-leading Zebras (9-4).
Bear River 6, Colfax 1 at Colfax — James Harris and the Bruins spoiled the Falcons’ shot at inching closer to a playoff berth.
Harris scattered six hits over seven inning and struck out six as Bear River improved to 5-8 in the PVL and Colfax fell to 7-6.
Senior Trevor McGhee was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to pace the Bruins. Jake Jarmin was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Travis Anderson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kyle Vandervort had a big two-run single in the third inning. Harris and Andrew Reiss each added doubles for the Bruins.
Woodland Christian 3, Forest Lake 1 at Lake of the Pines — The Falcons rapped out 10 hits, but Kyle Soria’s home run was all the offense they could generate against the Cardinals.
Forest Lake finished the season in second place in the Central Valley?California League with an 8-2 record.
Hunter Phillips, Robert Bristol, Wills Riley and Soria had two hits apiece for the Falcons. Soria had a double in addition to his solo homer in the seventh inning.