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Unearned runs 'haunted' Placer in 6-3 loss at Casa Roble

Hillmen commit six errors in defeat
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The Placer High School varsity baseball team provided Casa Roble too many second chances.

The Hillmen committed six errors Wednesday in a 6-3 loss to the Rams (1-0) in Orangevale.

Starting pitcher Isaac Brahce threw five innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. The Hillmen fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first and trailed throughout.

Blake Lipsmeyer tossed the sixth frame and was tagged for two unearned runs on one hit.

Placer (1-3) gave away three unearned runs in six innings.

“Overall, it was a well played game,” said coach John Hilton. “Unfortunately, the errors are giving us a hard time again. It gives them extra opportunities.

Logan Markstein and Brahce both went 2 for 3 from the plate and each had an RBI. Brahce also scored a run. Todd Valliere recorded Placer’s other hit.

“Offensively, we got runners on base every inning,” Hilton said. “We had the bases loaded twice but we weren’t able to capitalize much.”

Hilton said without unearned runs, which “haunted” the Hillmen Wednesday, the score would have been 3-2 in Casa’s favor.

The Hillmen return to the diamond Friday when Christian Brothers visits James Field in Auburn. The first pitch is set for 3:30 p.m., with Markstein expected to get the start.