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Fast start carries Grizzlies to win over Pondo

Granite Bay buries defending section champs
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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It took all of two innings for the Granite Bay High baseball team to put away defending section champion Ponderosa Monday in Granite Bay. With southpaw Brad Nease tossing a three-hitter for the Grizzlies, the bats were alive from the outset against Bruin starter Casey Friederich as Granite Bay rolled to a 13-2 win in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. “I did not expect that today,” said Granite Bay assistant coach Dave Brown. “This was not the kind of game we thought we would get.” After Nease set down the side in order in the top of the first, the Grizzlies wasted no time getting going, batting through the order in the first inning while posting five runs. A swinging bunt hit and a hit batter set the table, and then senior shortstop Travis Israel delivered a two-run single to open the scoring. Taking full advantage of the short porch down the right-field line, junior catcher Andrew Knapp followed with a two-run dinger to double the advantage. A Nease error with two outs in the top of the second opened the door for two unearned Ponderosa runs, but Granite Bay responded immediately with five more in the home half of the frame. A Sam Flajole triple and run-scoring knocks from Israel, Jake Marjama and Trevor Trinidad were the big hits in the inning. Marjama delivered three hits in the game for Granite Bay, while Israel and Trinidad each banged out two hits. The 3-0 Grizzlies host powerful Yuba City this afternoon before opening league play Thursday on their home field against Woodcreek.