Ryan Mason struck out 12, allowed two hits and didn't walk a batter to lead Placer to a 2-0 win over Bear River today at James Field in Auburn.
Mason, a 6-foot-6 righthander and Cal scholarship signee, threw 93 pitches in helping the Hillmen (15-6, 7-4) to move to within a game of first place Lincoln (11-11, 8-3) in the Pioneer Valley League.
A.J. Sanchez homered, Todd Valliere drove in a run with a base hit and Michael Reale had a double to highlight Placer's offense.
Placer plays host to Lincoln on Tuesday.