LHS tops Gridley, Oroville
Despite a 4-7 overall record, Lassen High School's baseball team figures to be one of the front-runners for the Westside League crown. "These guys are stepping up to the challenge and succeeding due to their desire to win," Lassen head coach Bryan Neagle said.
The Grizzlies got great pitching performance to pick up two wins last week, dropping Gridley 6-3 at home and Oroville 5-4 on the road.
Against Gridley, Marc Honea hurled seven innings and yielded just two earned runs. He helped himself out, going 4-for-4 at the plate, and Anthony Dickerson went 2-for-2 and jacked his second home run in league play.
Lassen's Chuck Mahan, Mitch Lively, Jason Haskill and Wes Lockard also had hits.
Jon Schlauch came back from a two-week absence and pitched a solid game against Oroville.
"Oroville has got some quality hitters and Jon got the big outs when he needed to," Neagle said.
Lively belted a two-run homer and made a diving catch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Lockard had a two-strike single to put the Grizzlies up 4-2 in the fourth.
"This game was won by a total team effort. Whenever we go down to Oroville it's a battle. This day was no different. The guys wanted this win more than any win this season. Our pitching, hitting and defense are starting to mesh, which is nice to see knowing that Tuesday is a big game," Neagle said.
Dickerson is hitting 4-for-5 and Honea is 5-for-7 in league play.
The Grizzlies travel to Las Plumas Tuesday, April 16 and host Orland at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Susanville's Memorial Park.
The junior varsity team entertains Modoc at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the high school.
Four home games remain for the Grizzlies on April 23, 30 and May 3 and 4.