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Oakmont swept by Miners in rare twinbill

Vikings slide in SFL standings
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Thursday was a long day at the office for the Oakmont High baseball team. As the weather and wet fields both here and in the Grass Valley area pushed their three-game series deeper and deeper into this week, the Vikings were forced to play two Thursday before concluding the set with a single game Friday up the hill. So far, that has been a recipe for disaster for Oakmont, as the Vikings dropped both ends of a Thursday doubleheader (17-7 and 9-4) on their home field. The Miners must have used the extra time off to hone their hitting skills because they put on a clinic in both contests. Oakmont had its hitting shoes on as well, but its banging did not produce nearly the number of runs that Nevada Union’s did. Perhaps a part of that had to do with some sloppy Vikings defense. Oakmont committed three errors in the first game and had four critical miscues in the nightcap. Viking ace Kory Groves took the ball in the opener, and gave up six early runs as he battled a migraine through three innings of work. With Oakmont trailing 6-1, it all came undone as two relief pitchers could not slow the Miner avalanche of runs in the fourth frame. Nevada Union scored 11 in the inning and proceeded to end the game in five by way of the 10-run mercy rule. Dillon Jones did most of the work on the bump for the Miners, and also blasted a home run while driving in four runs. Ethan McGill also went long ball for Nevada Union and drove in five. The second game had a promising start for the Vikings when first baseman Tyler Kuresa ripped a laser over the right field barrier in the first frame. The big left-handed hitter was the story of the day for Oakmont as he continued to hit the ball hard, with a double in game one and three hits in game two. Kuresa’s first inning bomb was a two-run shot and he also chased one home in the third with a double. Brandon Vargas also had three hits in the Oakmont lead-off spot, while Cooper Mathews delivered a pair of knocks. Unfortunatlely for the Vikings, Nevada Union answered the Kuresa first inning home run with three in the second and two in the third before a three-run sixth essentially iced it for Nevada Union. Along the way, some sloppy defense and bad base-running helped keep Oakmont from mounting any kind of consistent threat to win the ball game. Nevada Union (3-2 in the SFL, 11-4 overall) hosts Oakmont (2-6, 7-7) Friday as the teams sneak in the final game of the series. The Vikings have a three-game set with first place Roseville (5-1, 10-5) next week, beginning with a game at 4 p.m. Monday at Oakmont.