Cougars in danger of making playoffs
He's not panicking, but he's definitely worried. Glen Yonan's Lassen College baseball team is entering unfamiliar territory. The Cougars are struggling to reach .500 and they're going to have to dig deep to make the playoffs.
Entering this season, Lassen has made the playoffs 14 straight years and won the Golden Valley Conference title in three of the last four seasons.
"I'm starting to worry if we can perform with the kind of intensity we need to win," Yonan said last Sunday., "We've got four days to get our act together. We're going to hold some intense practices to see if this team can reach the level that I want us to be at."
Lassen (8-14-2) fell to 2-4 in the GVC following a 3-1 loss to College of the Siskiyous.
The game was tied 1-1 entering the ninth inning when the Golden Eagles pulled ahead.
Siskiyous' Mako Vickers led off the inning with a double and moved to third base on a ground ball. Wai Dancel singled home Vickers and later scored on a triple by Mark Soriano down the left field.
Silas Ahsui held the Cougars to one run on six hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Patrick Segelke picked up the win in 1-2/3 innings of work.
"(Ahsui) pitched a decent game, but it was mostly our fault that we couldn't mount any offense. Justin Newman and Colby Gonzales hit the ball well, but overall, it seems we play pretty good most of the game and can't finish," Yonan said. "That's got to stop."
Gonzales went 2-for-4 with a double.
Austin Hales had the sole RBI for Lassen, singling in Pat Jolley in the second inning.
Lassen's Nick DeBarr tossed a solid game, scattering five hits and a walk through seven innings.
The Cougars and Siskiyous were scheduled to play a doubleheader in Weed last Saturday, but it was canceled due to inclement weather.
It was undetermined at press time when it would be rescheduled.
Lassen travels to Butte Friday, March 22 and hosts a noon doubleheader against the Roadrunners the following day at Susanville's Memorial Park.
Butte entered last week's play with a 3-3 conference record.
Feather River, ranked eighth in Northern California, leads the GVC with a 4-2 record.
Lassen travels to College of the Redwoods for a three-game series Friday-Saturday, March 29-30.
"The conference is still pretty tight, so we're not out of it," Yonan said. "But we can't make a move if we keep hurting ourselves at home. We've got to stop getting silly mistakes from guys we're counting on."
The Cougars entered last week averaging nearly four runs a game and yielding 5.7 runs.
Eric Newman is leading the team in hitting with a .375 average, 13 RBI and 13 doubles in 88 at-bats.
Newman is followed by Gonzales (.348), Hales (.295), Lane Wagner (.283), Pat Jolley (.277) and Dayton Hendricks (.270).
The Cougars are batting just .257 as a team.
Reliever Mike Wambrodt leads the club in wins with two and saves with two. He holds a 2.65 ERA and has struck out 21 in 17 innings of work.