Sierra College baseball stays alive behind ‘Golden’ performance in Super Regionals; softball wins againBy: Trevor Horn / Auburn Journal Correspondent
Devon Golden moved in with his grandparents two years ago in Citrus Heights so the Fairfield native could play baseball at Sierra College.
On March 1, Golden’s grandfather, Gaylord Lovell, passed away from respiratory complications.
With his grandma, Jody, always in the stands when the sophomore from Rodriguez High School is on the mound, Golden said the best part of the day used to be rushing home to tell his grandpa how he did because illness kept him from attending games the last two seasons before he passed.
“It’s better now because he has the best seat in the house,” Golden said.
With the season on the line after the Wolverines lost to College of the Sequoias 4-2 Friday in Game 1 of a three-game series in the CCCAA Super Regionals, Golden went seven innings, striking out seven while leading Sierra to a 6-4 victory.
“(Golden) was phenomenal,” Sierra coach Rob Willson said. “He really was.”
Golden gave up just one run against the Giants and got solid support at the plate from freshman Brett Sundberg who went 3 for 3, scored three runs and hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give Sierra a 2-0 lead.
“Without Brett this season, I wouldn’t be standing here right now,” Willson said about the shortstop’s performance this season.
The Wolverines tallied 14 hits, including two-hit games from Kyle Lewis and Placer County players in Jacob Faulker (Rocklin High), Kyle Dixon (Woodcreek) and Josh Robinson (Whitney).
The Giants opened the series behind starting pitcher Dylan Lee in a 4-2 win in Game 1. Lee (13-0) broke the single-season record for wins in a season on Friday that was previously held by Jahseam George (1999) and Kevin Bertrand (2001).
Sierra will have Woodcreek High graduate Tyler Milani on the mound in Game 3 Sunday at noon.
Sierra softball advanced to the Super Regional finals after beating host Solano Community College 7-6 on Saturday.
Carly Evans hit a three-run triple in the first inning for Sierra and Kalyn Paque hit a two-run homer.
Former Bear River pitcher Maddie Phelps was the winning pitcher for Sierra in the first game of the Super Regionals in Fairfield in a 21-8 win over Santa Rosa Junior College on Friday.
“We are taking it one game at a time,” Phelps said. “We are playing to finish business on Sunday.”