LHS wins two more league games
With three Westside League games in the book, Lassen High School's softball team found itself in a familiar position. Standing atop the No. 1 in Northern Section Division III rankings, the Grizzlies (16-9, 3-0) picked up two more league victories last week, defeating Gridley 5-2 on the road and pounding Oroville 9-2 at home, remaining the league leaders.
"We're playing well right now and have been for a while. Those are two good wins coming off spring break," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "This week coming up is going to be big for us. If we win both, then we'll be in control the rest of the way."
Lassen hosts Las Plumas today at 4 p.m. at Susanville's Riverside Park, and travels to Orland Friday, April 19.
Las Plumas enters the game with a 4-0 record and Orland touts pitcher Carrie Lohse, who has already landed a full-ride scholarship to UC San Diego.
The Thunderbirds needed 10 innings to beat Gridley 5-4 last week, and Orland used the same amount of time to edge Oroville 2-1.
"Las Plumas is going to be ready for us. They have always had good program and we beat them three times last year," Moore said. "Playing them is going to be a battle."
Lassen and Las Plumas shared the WSL crown last year. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunderbirds for the third time last season in the Northern Section Division III playoffs.
Against Gridley, the Grizzlies had an easy time. Danielle Bera went 3-for-3 and Britny Mack was 2-for-3. Nicolette Stokes drove in a pair of runs.
Lassen pitcher Megan Lybarger improved to 12-5 against Oroville with the help of a season-high 13 hits by her teammates.
Danielle Bera had four of them; Lee Robertson went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Megan Bera was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Lassen led 5-0 after two innings.
"We're happy with where we are," Moore said. "If you take out Corning, there's a lot of parity in this league.
"Anybody can beat anybody on any given day."
Next week, league play continues with Lassen traveling to Corning Tuesday, April 23 and hosting Gridley Friday, April 26.
The junior varsity team, coached by Lisa Deal and Brian Dunn, heads to Sparks, Nev. to battle Reed High School in a doubleheader Thursday, April 25.