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Woodcreek's Nogosek shuts out Nevada Union

Roseville freshman homers, sophomore closes win over Del Oro
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Stephen Nogosek continues to put up goose eggs, but it was his base running that helped Woodcreek High School edge Nevada Union 1-0 in a Sierra Foothill League contest Monday in Grass Valley.

The Timberwolves (16-5 overall, 6-4 SFL) scored the only run when Nogosek beat the shortstop to second base on a bases-loaded grounder with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Woodcreek loaded the bases with one out when Shaun Mize walked and Austin Hagarty and Nogosek were hit by pitches. It was the second such situation in the game for the Timberwolves, who didn’t cash the first time. The next batter struck out.

“I’m going, ‘Are we going to get a run across or not?'” coach Eric Valencia said.

Pinch hitter Joe Dirkes hit a grounder to the shortstop, who waited on the ball and then was beaten to the bag by Nogosek.

The hard-throwing junior right-hander then set down the Miners (5-15, 3-7) to complete a three-hitter. He walked three and struck out seven in running his streak of scoreless innings to 14 over his last two outings.

Valencia said Nogosek challenges hitters with his 90-mph fastball and keeps them off balance with his slider and changeup.

“He’s been solid every league game,” Valencia said.

The series resumed Tuesday at Woodcreek. The game was moved up one day because of the Timberwolves’ track and field meet against Del Oro today.

Roseville 8, Del Oro 3 — Freshman left-hander Max Modeste hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to cap a four-run first, and sophomore Kyle Downie pitched two perfect innings in relief as the Tigers (7-15, 4-6) defeated the host Golden Eagles (3-18, 1-9).

Dylan McBride had a two-run single in front of Modeste’s homer. Roseville scored in the second on an RBI single by Braeden Eldredge, in the third on a sacrifice fly by Downie, in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Eldredge and in the sixth on Max Jensen’s RBI double.

Downie relieved starter Mark Reece in the sixth and blew through Del Oro’s 2-3-4 hitters on two strikeouts and a fly ball. Downie sandwiched two strikeouts around a ground ball in the seventh.

“Our little sophomore. He was just unbelievable,” Tigers coach Hank DeMello said of Downie. “He faced the meat of the order.”