Hillmen rebound from no-hitter with 21-1 rout of Golden Sierra

By: Journal sports staff
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Oh, what a difference a day can make. 
A little more than 24 hours after being on the wrong end of an 11-0 no-hitter, the Hillmen rebounded with a 14-hit, 21-1 rout of Golden Sierra at James Field Saturday night in Auburn. 
“The guys came out and we talked about the no-hitter and we came out and hit the ball,” said coach John Hilton, whose team improved to 2-4 with one preseason game remaining before Pioneer Valley League play begins. 
Isaac Brahce was 2 for 3 and Logan Markstein went 2 for 4 for the Hillmen, who struggled offensively against Christian Brothers Friday afternoon at home. 
Usually Placer’s starting catcher, Austin LeBleu got the start against Golden Sierra (1-5) and tossed just 60 pitches in five innings of work. 
“He did exactly what we needed to do,” Hilton said of LeBleu. “He got ahead of the hitters and we played a very good defensive game as well.”
LeBleu, Will Allen, Casey Yunk, Chandler Skinner-Horne, Luke Knoble, Riley Beames, Troy Taylor, Tyler Gums, Josh Hattrup and Chip Mitchell all recorded hits for the Hillmen. 
With Hattrup catching well, Hilton said the Hillmen will consider adding LeBleu into the starting rotation when PVL play starts Wednesday. 
But first the Hillmen have a non-league contest Tuesday at Cordova. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.