It’s all goose eggs in SFL baseball openers
Sierra Foothill League baseball action opened Tuesday, and pitching dominated.
Granite Bay senior Gabe Meza pitched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win at Roseville. Woodcreek ace Stephen Nogosek twirled a one-hitter and struck out 12 in a 3-0 victory at Del Oro, and Rocklin’s Austin Dick tossed a two-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts in a 9-0 shutout of Nevada Union.
Meza struck out 11, allowed two walks and hit one batter en route to his first high school no-hitter for Granite Bay (8-6 overall, 1-0 SFL).
“It felt really good, and I played with a lot of confidence,” Meza said. “I told myself I wasn’t going to let them beat me and just played.”
Meza and Roseville senior Marcus Garcia were pitching shutout baseball through five innings before Granite Bay scored two runs in the top of the sixth. Vinny Esposito, Griffin Powers and Will George each drove in a run, and the Grizzlies made no errors behind Meza, who struck out the top three hitters in Roseville’s lineup in the bottom of the sixth. He struck out six of the final nine batters and retired the final 11 in a row.
“In the middle innings … I was trying to do too much,” Meza said. “But as the game went on, I felt momentum was going my way and we got runs on the board.”
Said Granite Bay coach Pat Esposito, “Gabe is a battler on the mound, and he is just a real tough-nosed guy.”
Woodcreek 3, Del Oro 0 — George Corp had an RBI double in the top of the fifth, and Cy Hynes followed with a two-run double to back Nogosek, who overcame five walks and three wild pitches by striking out nine different Golden Eagles hitters.
It was the second shutout this season for Nogosek, who has 54 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Oakmont 6, Bella Vista 2 — The Vikings (8-5, 2-1 CVC) scored four runs in the top of the seventh, and pitchers A.J. Masters and A.J. Hall combined on a three-hitter to hand the Broncos (10-5, 2-1) their first conference loss. Mark Hunter had two hits for Oakmont.