Bauer, Sutter continue unbeaten season; Colusa leads SVL at 12-0

Mar. 29—Senior, Boise State signee Olivia Bauer has been front-and-center during an impressive run with the Sutter Union High softball team.

In her four years with the Huskies, Bauer has lost just three times as a member of the varsity team. As a freshman, Bauer was a part of a 24-0 team; the next two years Bauer and Sutter went a combined 57-3 ; and this year in Bauer's finale in blue and gold the pitcher/third baseman currently is 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pioneer Valley League as Sutter has rolled through most its competition with 11 run-rule wins heading into the team's Spring Break where it will travel to the Righetti Tournament to face some of the darlings of the Central Section before returning home to try and put a bow on its second straight PVL title.

Bauer was spot-on in her final game in the circle at home before heading out of town to begin April. The future Bronco threw five innings of two-run, six-hit ball with six strikeouts to get the jump on Marysville (3-9, 2-3 PVL) Thursday as Sutter grabbed its 11th double-digit win. Bauer chipped in three runs batted in and collected her second career homer for Stefanie Danna's program to put the finishing touches on the Indians, 12-2. The Marysville victory was Danna's 200th career victory at Sutter.

Bauer was aided at the plate by two hits each from Madeline Nauman, Alex Carino and Megan O'Neal, with Carino and O'Neal collecting one double apiece for two of Sutter's 13 hits.

Up next is Bullard, out of Fresno on Thursday. The Knights are top-15 in the Central Section at 9-4 on the year.

Sutter will come in ranked No. 3 in the Sac-Joaquin Section trailing only Central Catholic and Tracy at the end of this week's MaxPreps computerized rankings system.

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At the Righetti Tournament, Sutter will also see Paso Robles, a team ranked in the top-30 in the Central at 6-6. The teams will meet Friday at 12:30 p.m. with the tournament running through April 6, according to MaxPreps' calendar.

Weekly Sac-Joaquin Section poll

Yuba City (11-4), atop the Capital Valley Conference and ranked in the SJS top-25, is back Tuesday to host River Valley, led this year by Sutter product and former UCLA national champion Taylor Pack. The Falcons, 5-5 and 0-1 in the CVC under Pack, are scheduled to host Yamhill-Carlton, of Oregon, at 8 a.m. today in the opener of a doubleheader that includes Bradshaw Christian at 11 a.m., weather permitting.

Pack's squad will be back to tackle the CVC Tuesday against YC and Thursday at home against Roseville, a team that the Falcons have lost 10 straight to since 2015, according to MaxPreps history.

Northern Section poll

Colusa, ranked No. 2 in the NSCIF full rankings, won its 12th straight game this spring when senior Bo Coronado threw six innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts to hold Winters at bay, 6-1 in a Sac Valley League contest.

Colusa sits atop the league at 6-0 heading into its Easter tournament held this year in San Luis Obispo County's unincorporated town of Nipomo.

Colusa opens against Bishop Montgomery, out of Torrance, on Monday. In addition, the RedHawks will get a top-5 team out of the Central Section and a top-30 squad in the North Coast. Colusa's tournament draw runs through Wednesday.