Yuba College baseball moves to 2-0 in BVC
Pope tosses 8 shutout innings in win over Los Medanos
The Yuba College baseball team stayed perfect to start out Bay Valley Conference play with a 4-0 shutout of Los Medanos on Saturday in Pittsburg.
Yuba City High product Ryan Pope was outstanding on the mound for the 49ers as he went eight shutout innings with four strikeouts, while scattering eight hits. Michael Beck finished things out in the ninth.
Ethan McGill had a big game at the plate for Yuba as he went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
McGill homered in the top of the eighth inning to extend the Niners' lead to 3-0 and he doubled home Dustyn Macaluso in the ninth for the team's fourth and final run.
Macaluso knocked in Michael Frantz with an RBI single in the top of the third and finished 2 for 5. Frantz went 2 for 4.
Leadoff hitter Brandon Lockwood chipped in with a 2-for-4 day and scored the 49ers' first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Anthony Caretti rounded out a strong offensive performance by going 2 for 4.
Yuba (9-5, 2-0) finished the day with 11 hits as a team.
"It was a collective effort today and we played defense really well," Yuba coach Brian Baisch said. "We had 11 hits and smoked a few right at guys.
"The thing about this team is we haven't played our best yet, and we talked about that after the game."
The Niners, who are ranked No. 13 in Northern California in the latest California Community College Baseball Coaches Association poll, continue BVC play at College of Marin on Tuesday.
TRACK & FIELD
49ers compete at Duyst Invite
In Turlock — The Yuba College track & field squad participated in the Kim Duyst Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday along with 44 schools and more than 700 athletes.
The meet featured athletes from both the NCAA and junior college level.
Javone Bradford had a strong showing for the 49ers by leaping 20 feet, 11 inches in the long jump to take home third place.
Rachel Tice placed in three separate events, including a third-place finish in the hammer throw (154-5). Tice took fourth in both the shot put (39-0) and discus (126-2).
Shaneen Casada placed eighth in the hammer (141-2) for Yuba.