LOCAL ROUNDUP: Yuba baseball takes down No. 5 Laney
Y.C. baseball beats N.U. at Raley Field
Yuba College's baseball team picked up its biggest win of the season on Thursday with an impressive 4-2 Bay Valley Conference victory over Laney College in Oakland.
Laney entered the game as the No. 5-ranked team in Northern California, but the Eagles had no answer for Colusa High graduate Benji Gil, who struck out five while firing a complete-game six-hitter to notch the win.
"We got three runs in the first and a run in the third, and it was basically all Benji Gil and defense after that," said Yuba coach Erick Burns, who noted that the 49ers played an error-free game. "The defense played great today."
East Nicolaus alumnus Andrew Rubalcava went 2 for 5 with a double and a pair of RBIs and Chris Stocker was 2 for 5 with a double as well to help the cause for the 49ers offensively.
River Valley graduate Colin Gault, Marysville product Davis Walker and Yuba City grad Tyler Updike each added two hits apiece in the win for Yuba (6-11, 2-4).
Yuba City 4, Nevada Union 2
The rain showers held off long enough for the Honkers to defeat the Miners at Raley Field in Sacramento.
Zach Rocha was 2 for 3 with a double and the RBI that gave Yuba City the lead.
The Honkers trailed 2-1 in the sixth before rallying back.
Aaron Byers also doubled for Yuba City (3-1). Senior Zach Oakley was the winning pitcher, tossing five innings of relief with four strikeouts and four hits allowed.
Lindhurst 1, Marysville 1
Andria Anderson scored off an assist from Yolanda Herrera for the Blazers, who settled for a draw with the rival Indians in both teams' Golden Empire League opener.
Lindhurst coach Jon Klingensmith credited Ellie Yang and Mailia Xiong with solid defense and Alicia Parra at midfield for the Blazers (1-3-1, 0-0-1).
River Valley 221, Woodland 252, Pioneer 262
Lucas Vaughn shot a 39 to lead the Falcons to a win in their Tri-County Conference meet against the Wolves and Patriots at Yolo Fliers Golf Club in Woodland.
Will Jow carded a 43, Morgan Riney shot a 44 and Steven Spatafore fired a 45 for River Valley (3-3, 2-0).
Marysville 212, West Campus 247
Garrett Brown fired a 38 and Zachary Martin and Logan Brown both shot a 42 to help lead the Indians to a GEL win over the Warriors at Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course in Sacramento.
Blazers split dual meet
Tyler Patchin took first in two events to lead the Blazers in a dual meet at Bradshaw Christian.
Lindhurst defeated Capital Christian 87-12, though fell to Bradshaw Christian 97-45.
Patchin placed first in the 500-yard freestyle at 7 minutes, 32.72 seconds. He also placed first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:58.42).
Matt Edwards' time in the 50-yard freestyle (27.55 seconds) was good enough for a first place finish against Bradshaw and second against Capital.
Yer Her took second in the 100-yard freestyle (1:18.22) and Paul Xiong placed second against Bradshaw and first against Capital in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.60).
Michael Russ had a first and third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:47.60).
Lindhurst girls split
The Blazers' girls squad did the same as the boys with a split at the dual meet.
Lindhurst defeated Capital Christian 82-10 and lost to Bradshaw Christian 97-57.
First-place finishers included Sarah Kearns, Crystal Zuniga, Tiadora Harmon, Rachelle Woodyatt and Lacey Hodges.
Kearns took first in the 50-yard freestyle (32.57 seconds). Zuniga placed first in the 100-yard freestyle (1:17.97) and 200-yard individual medley (3:32.06).
Harmon competed in the 100-yard backstroke (1:39.32) and 200-yard freestyle (2:34). Woodyatt won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:40.10) and Hodges took the 500-yard freestyle (8:41.03).