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Knapp has a day as Grizzlies chew up D-backs

GB catcher rips three extra-base hits and drives in six
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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A three-run bomb to straightaway center field put the Granite Bay High baseball team in a strong position in Wednesday’s 9-1 win over Union Mine in the final game of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament. While southpaw Brad Nease was pounding the strike zone from the hill for the Grizzlies, catcher Andrew Knapp was leading the offense. Following a one-out walk to Sam Flajole and Travis Israel being hit by a pitch, Knapp sent a towering blast over the wall at the deepest part of the yard to put Granite Bay up 3-0 after one inning. A solo shot by Joe Mauro provided the game’s next scoring, as Nease and Diamondback starter Will Nutting took turns handing zeroes on the scoreboard to that point. Mauro’s shot to deep left came at the start of the fourth frame. A two-out Knapp two-bagger ignited a two-run fifth for Granite Bay, as it was followed but two more doubles in succession, by Braden Young and then Jake Marjama. Each Union Mine attempt to get back in the game was turned away by the Grizzlies. In the fourth, the Diamondbacks got the leadoff hitter aboard on a single, but Nease picked him off first. The innings’ second hitter drew a free pass, but was also picked off by the Granite Bay left-hander, who struck out nine in his six innings of work. Knapp capped off the scoring in the home half of the sixth, finishing off a 3-for-4, 6 RBI day with a two-out bases-clearing double that chased home three more Granite Bay runs. Justin McPeters, who had a pair of hits for Union Mine, scored the lone Diamondback run on a Christian Struthers base hit in the top half of the sixth. In addition to Knapp’s three hits, first baseman Lydell Moseby also delivered a multi-hit game for the Grizzlies, with a two-hit performance. In all, Granite Bay hung 11 hits on a pair of Union Mine pitchers. Granite Bay (13-5) gets back to business in the Sierra Foothill League next week, after enjoying the rest of spring break. The Grizzlies host Nevada Union on Tuesday.