Mason's no-hitter prolongs Placer's season
The Placer High baseball team kept its playoff hopes alive thanks to a stellar effort from sophomore Ryan Mason and an impressive offensive outburst.
The Hillmen beat Lincoln 9-1 as Ryan Mason tossed a no-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks. Evan Staton was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs while Josh Klem knocked in a pair of runs for Placer (6-5-1 Pioneer Valley League, 12-7-1 overall).
The Hillmen will resume a suspended game against Mesa Verde on Monday at 4 p.m., rain or shine. If Placer wins, it will face Lincoln Tuesday in a one-game playoff for the third and final playoff berth from the PVL. The Sac-Joaquin Section Division playoffs begin Wednesday. The Hillmen won the 2009 Division IV title.
Cameron Southward was 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday while Anthony Amara was 2-for-3 at the plate. Michael Reale knocked in one run.
In junior varsity play, Placer topped Lincoln to claim a share of the PVL championship with a 9-3 record. In Friday’s victory, A.J. Sanchez went the distance on the mound and added three hits, including a three-run home run. Tyler Lipsmeyer, Tanner Jay and Jake Lewis added two hits apiece for the Hillmen, who finished 11-8 overall.
Bear River 12, Mesa Verde 0 at Citrus Heights — The Bruins tuned up for the playoffs with a strong showing against the Mavericks.
Morgan Juric pitched three shutout innings to get the win and Bear River (9-3 PVL) got plenty of offense.
Sophomroe Josh Toft had a pair of doubles and two RBIs and junior Zach Welz was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs to pace the Bruins. Sean Smith and Michael Lucas were both 2-for-4 with one RBI. Cole White, Brandon Fry and Coleman Huntley each doubled while Jordan Beskeen tossed in an RBI.
Bear River, which has won five straight games, will face Rio Linda in a best-of-three series beginning Wednesday at McCauliffe Park in Sacramento.
In junior varsity play, Bear River beat Mesa Verde 12-2 to finish the year with a 19-6 overall record.