Grizzlies win Lodi tourney
Lassen High School's softball team gained some early-season confidence last weekend, capturing the small school's division title at the Tokay Tournament in Lodi. The Grizzlies (5-5) rebounded from an initial 8-1 loss to Casa Roble of Sacramento with wins over Nevada Union 8-2, Oakdale 2-1, Amador 5-2 and Calaveras 4-0 in the title game.
"I was pleasantly surprised (with winning the championship)," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "We played extremely well all weekend long. The girls now know that we're going to tournaments not just to play games, but to win tournaments."
Against Nevada Union, Megan Bera went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a triple. Alisha Perdue collected two hits and Megan Lybarger whiffed 10 en route to a one-hitter.
Playing against her old school, Brittney Mack made a game-saving catch against Oakdale with two out and runners at second and third base in the seventh inning. She stabbed a line drive headed for the gap.
Lybarger got the win and Nicolette Stokes went 1-for-2 with a double and RBI.
Lassen topped Amador - the tournament's three-time defending champion - courtesy of two hits from Alma Mesa and Danielle Bera, and solid pitching by Jaimie Mack. Lybarger struck out four of five batters to get the save.
The Grizzlies scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning to defeat Calaveras. Danielle Bera was 2-for-3, including a triple and RBI, while Lybarger hurled a three-hitter, fanning eight.
Perdue caught every game for Lassen and reached base 10 times.
It was Lassen's first title in four years at the tournament.
The Grizzlies host the Coca-Cola Classic Friday-Saturday, March 22-23 at Riverside Park in Susanville.
Lassen opens with Red Bluff at 9 a.m. on Friday and follows with games against Shasta at 12:20 p.m. and Fernley, Nev. at 5:20 p.m. The girls take on West Valley at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday.
Other teams in the tournament include Pleasant Valley, Fallon, Tokay, Paradise and Enterprise - which beat Lassen 10-0 in last year's Northern Section Division III championship game.
Pleasant Valley entered this week undefeated and West Valley reportedly is playing well. Tokay will come to town with one of the top pitchers in the San Joaquin Section.
"It's going to be a tough tournament. We've got some good momentum going. We want to keep it going and take it into when we start league play," Moore said.
"The girls are excited and I think they know what they're capable of to go to the next level."