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PREP BASEBALL

Thunder shuts out Miners in SFL opener

Dick throws two-hitter
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald
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Behind Austin Dick’s two-hit shutout, the Rocklin High baseball team opened up a three-game series against  Nevada Union with a 9-0 win Tuesday.

Dick commanded the game, striking out six batters and allowing no base-on-balls. The senior pitcher shut down the last 14 batters to end the game and seal the win.

Nevada Union’s Nick Eccarius was to be the only Miners' runner to reach scoring position throughout the game after a single to start the third inning. After being joined by Noah Arriega, the pair were the last Miners to reach base in the game.

Dick’s pitching performance was well supported as the Thunder offense tallied eight hits, four base-on-balls, and nine runs scored.

Batting out of the nine hole, Andrew Goyhentche nearly ended the game in the fifth inning, as the senior blasted a two-run triple. As the Miners hustled to get the ball back into the infield, Goyhentche tried to end the game with an inside-the-park, walk-off home run.

Unfortunately for Goyhentche, he was tagged out on his way back to third base.

Lead-off hitter Christian Bennett started off the game with a single and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Leading all Thunder with three RBIs, Jake Faulkner drove in Bennett to start the game and doubled in the fourth inning.

Two more games remain in the series, as the Thunder travel to Nevada Union on Thursday and return for the finale at home on Saturday.

ROCKLIN 9, NEVADA UNION 0

Miners      000 000 0 – 0

Thunder    102 330 x – 9