Sierra College is back in the California Community College State Baseball Championship Final 4, feeling as if it can still play even better ball.
Four years after winning the title, the Wolverines are greedy for a bit more after winning their Northern California Super Regional in Quincy with a 10-6, 11-inning effort. Sierra scored four times in the 11th, and seldom-used Collin Monagle pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th.
Sierra is 5-0 in the playoffs and now aims for the program's second state championship since 2008 under coach Rob Willson. Brady Steiger had three hits and three RBIs, and Travis Israel, Brad Gerig and Casey Friederich each had two hits for the Wolverines, who turned five double plays.
Sierra beat top-seeded and host Feather River 5-3 in this Super Regional opner on Friday behind ace Josh Eagle, who struck out eight of the first 13 batters he faced in moving to 10-2 on the season.
On Saturday, Sierra beat Fresno City 5-4 on a two-out, two-run home run by Brad Gerig in the eighth inning. Gerig had a bottom-of-the-11th homer to eliminate - and stun - Laney of Oakland in a NorCal Regional playoff opener a week earlier. That put Sierra into Sunday's title game where Fresno City had to win twice to take the title.
- By Joe Davidson
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