Locally fueled Sierra baseball falls in state final four

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Sierra College’s baseball team won its opener at the state championships in Bakersfield, but the Wolverines (26-18-1) were eliminated by Rio Hondo 4-0 on Saturday.

Sierra, which includes several players from Roseville and Granite Bay, was held to two hits, including a single by Woodcreek graduate Clint Brill in the third inning.

Right fielder Brad Gerig of Roseville went 1 for 4 for the Wolverines in their opening 4-0 victory over Orange Coast, the No. 1 team in the country.

Sierra fell into the losers’ bracket with a 12-8 loss to Cosumnes River. Brill was 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Gerig had a sacrifice fly.

Cosumnes River (28-16), located in south Sacramento, went on to beat Rio Hondo (40-5) 8-6 in 12 innings Sunday to win its first state championship.

Gerig had two long home runs in the regional and super regional to help Sierra advance to the final four. He led the Big 8 Conference in RBI with 37 and led Sierra in batting average (.318) and slugging percentage (.485).

Oakmont grads excel at Sac City, ARC

* Ferrin Peterson, a 2010 Oakmont High School graduate, was named athlete of the year at Sacramento City College.

Peterson holds the Sac City school record in the pole vault at 11 feet, 8 inches. She’ll attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next fall.

“She’s just a great young lady,” Sac City women’s coach Lisa Bauduin said. “We’re going to miss her a lot.”

* Nelson Quinley of American River College placed second in the discus at 162-8 in the state meet last weekend at Cerritos College.

The Oakmont graduate also finished ninth in the hammer throw at 158-4.