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Tigers beat the rain, and the Diamondbacks

JV call-up tosses complete game in Roseville win
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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The game was called in the seventh inning when the downpour came, but that was just fine with the Roseville High boys baseball team as it dropped Union Mine 9-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament. The Tigers tallied five times in the opening inning as they opened up what would prove to be an insurmountable lead on their home field. Sophomore Matt Maher, called up from the junior varsity for the game, tossed a complete game four-hitter for Roseville. “Not bad for any pitcher,” said Roseville coach Hank DeMello, “let alone a kid that has been playing JV all year.” In all, the Tigers rapped out a strong double-digit hit total with 11, including five that went for extra bases. Matt Hack and Anthony Roberts each laced a pair of two-baggers, and sophomore shortstop Nick Blaser left the yard in an impressive hitting performance. Hack also drove in three runs and Blaser two for the young Tigers, who typically start a freshman (Daulton Blaser) and four sophomores (Nick Blaser, Roberts, Beau Smith and Matt Parks). “They are playing pretty well,” DeMello said. “It's hard to believe we are so young. We are gaining experience with every game. We beat some pretty good teams (this week) because we are doing the little things right.” Roseville is scheduled to host Oak Ridge at noon today in the final game of the tourney, but Tuesday night’s rain left field conditions a bit questionable for getting the game in. Regardless, the Tigers (6-9) definitely return to Sierra Foothill League play Monday when they host Oakmont (7-9).