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Yankees sweep four from Braves

Chuck Smock, Record-Courier sports editor

Baseball fans who looked only at the records, probably wouldn’t have given the 0-8 Nevada Yankees much of a chance against the 7-1 Burlingame Braves in a four-game series at Lampe Park last weekend.

But the Yankees showed up with a full roster and a desire to prove they were better than their early showing in Stan Musial League play. They more than accomplished that mission by sweeping all four games from the Braves.

“The kids played outstanding baseball,” Yankees manager Dennis Young said. “This weekend was a great weekend for us. We got some timely hits to win some ballgames, we got great pitching and we played very good defense. We made a total of three errors in four games.

“We had our kids there this weekend. That just shows if we have all of our kids, I think we can put a pretty decent team on the field.”

Trent Tholen pitched the distance as the Yankees won the first game of the series, 3-1, Saturday. He struck out seven and scattered four hits and four walks over seven innings.

Chris Barna got the game-winning hit when he singled home two runs in the fifth inning.

Matt James, Joe Cornell and Tyler Robertson each was 2-for-3 and Matt Staub was 2-for-2.

In the second game, Bryan Estes matched Tholen’s performance with a complete-game victory of his own. Estes struck out five batters in the 7-6 win.

The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but the Braves battled back to tie the game.

Cornell, who finished the game with three hits in three at-bats, picked up the game-winning RBI with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Chris Cook was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Randy Weare and Robertson each was 2-for-3. Joel Kruger was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The third game, on Sunday morning, finished just like the second, with the Yankees scoring a run in their final at-bat to pull out the victory, 9-8.

Cook led off the seventh with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Staub. Cisco Melendez then singled to plate Cook with the winning run.

Cornell was 2-for-4 with three RBI, James was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Estes was 1-for-2 with a two-out single that scored two runs in the sixth inning.

Trevor Crawford earned the victory with three innings of relief work. He walked three and struck out two.

Matt Carter started the game, but struggled with his control. He walked nine and struck out two in four innings.

The Yankees blew open the fourth game with a seven-run rally in the sixth inning and won 10-3.

James was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Cook was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Barna finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, Beau Kruger collected two RBI and Weare was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Robertson recorded the complete-game victory in the fourth game.

The Yankees (7-14 overall, 4-8 in league) will play Vacaville on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Carson High junior varsity field.