LCC gets back in race
Lassen College's baseball jumped back in the race for the Golden Valley Conference crown with three wins over College of the Redwoods last week. The Cougars (14-14-2, 7-4) downed the Corsairs 13-10, 16-3 and 7-5 to extend their winning streak to five games.
"The guys played outstanding," Lassen head coach Glen Yonan said. "Winning these three really gave us a lift. I told them we needed a sweep to get back in the hunt and they came through."
Lassen scored four runs in the final two innings to top Redwoods in the 13-10 win.
Colby Gonzales continued his hot hitting, going 4-for-6 to lead a 19-hit attack. Eric Newman was 3-for-6, Dayton Hendricks went 2-for-5, and Joel Hoffman and Lane Wagner had two hits.
Mike Warmbrodt picked up the win in relief.
Nick DeBarr didn't have his best stuff in the first game of last Thursday's doubleheader, but reliever Chris Burke was called on in the fifth inning with one out and kept the Corsairs scoreless the rest of the way.
"Chris pitched an outstanding game. We needed a performance like that from him," Yonan said.
Redwoods grabbed an early 3-1 lead before Lassen pulled away with three runs in the sixth and runs in the following two innings.
Justin Newman went 2-for-3 with a home run.
In the doubleheader finale, Lassen racked up 20 hits in just seven innings. The Cougars blew the game open with nine runs in the third inning.
Justin Newman and Chuck Shine collected four hits, and Austin Hales was 3-for-3.
Kyle Tabeek got the win.
The three wins moved Lassen within a game of Feather River. The Golden Eagles played three games with College of the Siskiyous last weekend, but results were not available at press time.
The two teams square off in a noon doubleheader this Saturday in Quincy.
Lassen then hosts a pair of noon doubleheaders - against Shasta on Saturday, April 13 and College of the Siskiyous Saturday, April 20 at Memorial Park in Susanville. The Cougars close out the regular season at home against Redwoods.