Grizzlies slam Nevada Union

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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A six-run second inning, keyed by a Trevor Trinidad grand slam, carried the Granite Bay High baseball team as they buried Nevada Union in five innings Monday in Granite Bay. The offensive explosion was more than enough for Granite Bay left-hander Brad Nease, who made a verbal commitment to pitch for St. Mary’s next year earlier in the day. The senior southpaw struck out nine and allowed just three hits, while issuing no walks. “Nease does a terrific job because he spots the ball so well,” said Granite Bay pitching coach Dave Brown. “He was hitting his spots today like you would not believe, moving the ball up and down, in and out.” The Grizzlies picked up their first run in the home half of the first inning, as a Teddy Bryant single and stolen base set up the senior to score on a Travis Israel run-scoring base knock. Three straight singles loaded the bags for Trinidad in the second, and the senior unloaded to put Granite Bay in a great spot, up 5-0. Josh Hilburn scored on a double steal and then Andrew Knapp banged out a run-scoring hit to put the Grizzlies up 7-0 after just two innings of play. A Bryant RBI in the third, a solo home run by Israel in the fourth and a Sam Flajole sacrifice fly in the fifth closed out the scoring for Granite Bay as the game ended in the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule. Teddy Bryant was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Granite Bay attack, and Travis Israel and Andrew Knapp each banged out two hits. Granite Bay (2-0 in the SFL, 6-0 overall) is back in action today, with its first road game of the year at Roseville (0-1, 2-4).