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Hillmen hold off Mavericks

Baseball Roundup
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High baseball team came up with enough offense to overcome some sloppy defense Tuesday in its Pioneer Valley League opener at James Field. The Hillmen outslugged Mesa Verde 8-6 as Matt Ross finished 4-for-4 at the plate and Eli Creel was 3-for-3. Spencer Zaputil added a three-run double to give Placer a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The Mavericks rallied with the help of several Placer errors, but the Hillmen held on. Josh Klem pitched three hitless innings to get the win for Placer (2-1 overall). Matt Dougherty pitched two solid innings before Cody Van Riper came on to get the save. The Hillmen will play at Bear River on Thursday. Bear River 8, Colfax 0 at Colfax ” Senior Vince Viola pitched a two-hitter en route to earning the complete-game victory in the Bruins' Pioneer Valley League opener. Viola struck out seven batters and walked one. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Senior third baseman Steven Hilton doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for Bear River (2-3). Designated hitter Brendan Casey, also a senior, was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Senior shortstop Joey Proctor and junior third baseman Kyle Paskey had Colfax's lone hits. Bear River is scheduled to host Placer on Thursday, while the Falcons (0-4) will host Mesa Verde in another PVL matchup at Raley Field. Bella Vista 5, Del Oro 4, 8 innings at Fair Oaks ” Senior Cole Saunders' pinch-hit home run tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning, but the Golden Eagles (1-4) lost in the eighth on a walk-off homer by the Broncos. Junior catcher Brian Rowe led Del Oro offensively with a double and an RBI. He also blocked two plays at the plate on defense. Pitcher Benjamin Consulo gave up just three runs in five innings for the Golden Eagles. The junior struck out three, walked two and surrendered only two hits. Del Oro will open Sierra Foothill League play Friday against Woodcreek. San Juan 3, Golden Sierra 0 at Citrus Heights ” Sophomore pitcher Nathan Kelleher-Crew scattered six hits, struck out six batters and walked none, but was outdueled by his Spartans counterpart, who fanned 14 and surrendered just three hits. The Grizzlies (5-1, 1-1 Golden Empire League) lost for the first time in 31 games. Kelleher-Crew, sophomore shortstop Collin Barrett and senior outfielder Ryan Hebler had Golden Sierra's only hits, all singles. Golden Sierra will host Lindhurst in a GEL game at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Vacaville Christian 8, Foresthill 3 at Foresthill ” Jon McCann allowed five earned runs in six innings pitched as the Wildfires lost their Central Valley Christian League opener. McCann also scored one of Foresthill's three runs, as did Dave Whitsett and Mike Mangone. Matt Furness stroked an RBI double for the Wildfires. Whitsett, a catcher, and Furness, a center fielder, were also praised for their defensive play. Foresthill will host Victory Christian of Rocklin at 4 p.m. Thursday.