Fans involved in fracas; Sierra ousted in baseball

Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 11:26 am

Fans involved in fracas; Sierra ousted in baseball

• Wyatt Champlin roped a three-run double down the right-field line, and College of Sequoias held off a late rally to beat Sierra 5-4 and win a NorCal Super Regional baseball championship in Rocklin.

The Giants (31-10) of Visalia won the opener 4-2 on Friday as ace Dylan Lee improved to 13-0, lost 6-4 Saturday on a Devon Golden gem and ultimately aveng- ed a 2013 NorCal opening-round playoff series loss to the Wolverines (24-17).

Sierra pulled to within 4-3 in the seventh on Kyle Dixon’s RBI triple, and a Kyle Lewis RBI groundout made it 5-4 in the ninth.

A fracas broke out after a Giants player threw his glove onto the back of Dustin Vaught, who had slid into second as the game ended.

As many as 20 Sequoias fans had to be restrained from charging the field toward Sierra players. Security and Sierra staffers rushed to use their bodies to barricade the door to the Giants’ dugout as fans demanded access while cursing and threatening bodily harm to Sierra players.

Rocklin police later took statements from players and coaches as a Sequoias player had his nose broken in the postgame tussle.

– Joe Davidson

• Andy Fortuna hit a two-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning to give Texas-Pan American a 2-0 win over Sacramento State in Edinburg, Texas, Sac State reported.

The Broncs held the Hornets (32-20, 18-6 Western Athletic Conference) to one hit, a two-out single by Nathan Lukes in the first inning, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Texas-Pan American used six pitchers in an effort to get all of its seniors into the game in their final home contest. Starter Alex Henson left after four innings, and five other Broncs pitched one inning each.

Sac State entered the series averaging 7.1 runs per game in WAC play, but the Hornets were shut out twice, totaled three runs (all unearned) and hit 14 for 92 (.152).

Sac State held Texas-Pan American (24-28, 14-10) to five runs over the three games, but the Broncs’ pitching was even better.

• Jimmy Sinatro’s RBI double snapped a 2-2 tie as Gonzaga beat UC Davis 5-2 in six innings in Spokane, Wash., according to UCD.

The contest was shortened because of the Aggies’ travel curfew stating that no new inning would begin after 4:50 p.m. The Bulldogs (22-26) won two of three games in the series.

UC Davis (20-27) took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Pinch hitter Steven Patterson hit a one-out grounder to shortstop, and the ball was thrown away on an attempted double play, allowing two runs.

– Bee Sports staff

Gabby Gonzalez hit a three-run home run and ace Kalyn Paque improved to 19-1 as second-seeded Sierra College beat host and No. 1 Solano College 10-1 to win the program’s sixth Northern California Super Regional softball championship.

The Wolverines (40-4) went 3-0 in the three-day event in Fairfield and advanced to the California Community College state final four for the sixth time under coach Darci Brownell. The only downer was Sierra third baseman Kaitlyn Garcia taking a line drive off her face. She suffered no broken bones, but her left eye was swollen shut.

Sierra will play Santiago Canyon (37-6) on Friday in Bakersfield in the double-elimination state format.

– Joe Davidson

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