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Placer rallies in San Diego

Baseball Roundup
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Matt Ross was masterful again, allowing two hits while striking out 12 as Placer rallied for a 3-1 win over Canyon Crest Academy in the opening round of the 59th annual San Diego Lions Invitational Monday afternoon. After wrapping up the first half of Pioneer Valley League play a perfect 6-0 last week, the Hillmen traveled to Southern California this weekend and trailed the Ravens (5-7 overall) 1-0 through six innings before plating all three runs in the top of the seventh. Ross allowed his only run in the fourth after retiring the side in order the first three innings. He walked one batter and was also instrumental at the plate in Placer’s late rally. With one out and runners on first and second, Ross sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Joel Thys walked to load the bases and Spencer Zaputil followed with his only hit, a clutch two-run single. Griffin Quick followed with a single to drive in the third run. John Liles went 2-for-3 with a double for the Hillmen (9-4 overall), who collected eight hits in the win. Placer continues tournament action today against Kearney at noon. South Pasadena 5, Del Oro 4 at Covina — Life on the road remained rough for the Golden Eagles Monday as they dropped their third straight at the Northview Tournament after blowout losses to Walnut and Charter Oak over the weekend. Cooper Johnson was solid on the mound for Del Oro (7-8 overall) as he walked four and struck out five in seven innings. Mason Magleby’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth tied the score at 3 and the Eagles added another run to take a 4-3 lead, but with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the seventh, the Tigers used three hits and a wild pitch to take the lead before shutting Del Oro down in the final frame. The Eagles continue the tournament today at 10 a.m. against an opponent to be determined. Bear River 6, Roseville 4 at Roseville — A 6-1 lead that took six innings to build hung in the balance Monday morning for the Bruins as the Tigers made a late charge in the opening game of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament at Roseville High. After striking out the first two batters in the final frame, Bear River relief pitcher Scott Runte yielded five consecutive hits, including a two-run home run by Roseville first baseman Matt Parks, and found himself suddenly defending a two-run advantage with the bases loaded. Tigers center fielder Matt Hack sent a fly ball towards the gap in right-centerfield that hung up for Drew Wilson for the final out. Southpaw Morgan Juric was strong on the hill for Bear River through the first five innings. He struck out four, while allowing just one unearned run as he mowed through the Roseville lineup. Brandon Johnson and Anthony Pierce each had two hits in the win. Casa Roble 3, Bear River 2 at Roseville — In their second game of the day, the Bruins gave up a single run in the bottom of the fifth as the Rams broke the 2-2 tie. Nolan Lewis allowed just two hits in five innings of work, but five walks and a trio of Bear River errors proved his undoing. Lewis had three hits of his own to lead the Bruins at the plate. Bear River (6-6) moves on to the lower bracket of the tournament for the next two days based on tiebreakers in place for the event. With Roseville’s win over Casa Roble later in the day, the three teams in Pool 5 tied with 1-1 records. The Bruins face Rosemont at Oakmont High at 10 a.m. today. Will C. Wood 14, Golden Sierra 4 at San Francisco — The Grizzlies had a 2-0 lead entering the second inning before things unraveled quickly and the Wildcats from Vacaville erupted for all 14 runs over the next three innings. Golden Sierra (5-8 overall) committed five errors and had only one hit in the loss, its third straight.