Romero sets home run record in win
Don't look now, but the Marysville Gold Sox appear to be back on track.
Victor Romero crushed a record-setting, two-run home run in the first inning and Tommy Lininger had a three-hit night with a pair of doubles as the Gold Sox cruised to an easy 8-2 victory over the Nevada Bighorns in the opener of a three-game series at Appeal-Democrat Park in Marysville on Friday night.
Romero's home run was his sixth of the summer, setting the single-season club record.
To put Romero's power surge in perspective, the Gold Sox hit a grand total of three home runs as a team back in 2007.
In contrast, this year's club has already swatted 13 big flies and the season is only at its midway point.
The win was the second straight for Marysville (18-6), which has returned to its winning ways after starting the season with 15 consecutive victories.
This one was never in doubt.
Johnny Rubino hit a double as part of a two-run second inning and the Gold Sox took advantage of four Nevada errors to score unearned runs in the fourth and sixth to build a 6-2 lead.
The run support was more than enough for starting pitcher Ty Nichols, who tossed five strong innings to improve his record to 3-1 on the year. The Gridley High graduate struck out seven, allowing two runs and five hits.
Justin Charles scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and Brooke Brooks added another run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to complete the scoring for Marysville, which was actually outhit 9-8 in the game.
The two teams continue the three-game set tonight at 7.