Valley Christian coach Gunter gets a good taste of his 300th victory
Valley Christian Academy was without three starters Wednesday, but three pitchers combined on a five-hitter and Brian Roush homered as the Lions defeated visiting Golden Sierra 8-1 to give coach Brad Gunter Jr. his 300th victory.
Gunter’s dad presented him with the game ball. Gunter’s players presented him with celebratory cider and cupcakes to the face.
Bronson Buljan and Zach Sween each had a double and two RBI for the Lions (16-6), and Caleb VanPatten had two hits in Valley Christian’s 12th consecutive win. Jake Sween allowed three hits and struck out seven in five scoreless innings.
On Tuesday, the Lions scored nine runs in the second inning of a 12-1 victory over Sacramento Country Day.
Sophomore Micah Gunter allowed one hit, one unearned run and struck out 10 in four innings in his varsity debut. Brock Woodside had three hits, Buljan had three RBI, and Gunter had a double and single.
Roseville 1, Del Oro 0 — The Tigers (16-7-1, 9-5) locked up the SFL’s third seed for the Division II playoffs and gave Woodcreek a shot to tie for the league title by beating the Golden Eagles (17-4-2, 12-2) for the second time Thursday.
Woodcreek (20-3, 11-3) plays Del Oro at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mahany Park.
Roseville’s Kalei Levy drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a sacrifice by Mackensie Priley and scored the only run on a single by freshman Naomi Monahan.
Del Oro had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, but Roseville pitcher Kayla Fields got out of the inning with an infield fly and a called third strike.
Roseville blanked Nevada Union 4-0 on Tuesday and edged Rocklin 2-1 in 10 innings Wednesday.
Lollie Fitzpatrick homered in the first inning at Nevada Union, and Fields allowed three infield hits and struck out eight in six innings. Delany DeMello struck out the side in the seventh.
Levy went 3 for 4, and Fitzpatrick and Taylor McDowell each had two hits.
The Tigers beat Rocklin when Fitzpatrick, placed at second base for the international tiebreaker, beat the throw home on Fields’ grounder to second.
Levy was 3 for 5, and Fitzpatrick, McDowell and Stephenie Johnson each had two hits. Fields pitched a five-hitter.
Granite Bay 3, Roseville 0 — The all-senior lineup of captain/setter Jake Neptune, Matt Austin, Jordan Long, Carson Odegard and Alec Naki sent the Grizzlies (28-7, 9-1) on their way to a 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of the Tigers (17-10, 3-7) in a regular-season finale.
Granite Bay opens the Division I playoffs Thursday at home.
Josh Frost led Roseville with 12 kills. Christian Habeil had 16 assists, and Josh Lewis had a five-point service run in the third set.
Roseville 3, Del Oro 2 — Josh Frost had 16 kills and Connor Miller 13 to lead the host Tigers over the Golden Eagles 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-13 on Tuesday.
Josh Lewis had nine kills and Riley Huff six for Roseville. Christian Habeil had 31 assists, and Jacob Priley had 10 digs.
Woodcreek in playoffs — Woodcreek, in its third season of competition, qualified its varsity and JV boys teams for the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association playoffs.
The JV Timberwolves will visit the Chico Rebels at noon Saturday, and the varsity will play the South County Chiefs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in San Jose.
Chico and South County are undefeated. Woodcreek’s varsity goes into the playoffs having won four of five.
JV boys volleyball
Granite Bay is undefeated — The Grizzlies wrapped up a perfect season by sweeping visiting Roseville 25-15, 25-15 on Thursday. John Hayes had two kills in the first set, and Colin Downs had three kills, several tips and a key block in the second set.
Granite Bay defeated Rocklin 25-12, 25-21 on Tuesday behind Hayes’ three kills in the first set, the serving of Tyler Gimblen, Jesse Gavia and Brandon Freitas, and Downs’ all-around play.
Roseville (5-11, 1-9) lost to Del Oro 25-23, 25-22 on Tuesday.