LHS to face Corning Tuesday
Gut-check time has come early for Lassen High School's baseball team.
Today is the day. Corning comes to town and the Grizzlies need a win - in a big way.
Lassen has put themselves in a juicy situation. A win over the Cardinals at Memorial Park will move them to 5-1 in the Westside League and give them a solid chance at a league title. A loss hurts and will make them work to get into the playoffs.
"Our guys are coming together at the right time. If we continue to play the type of ball we have been playing, then the only team that can beat us is ourselves," Lassen head coach Bryan Neagle said.
Lassen is in a three-way tie for first with Las Plumas and Corning.
The Grizzlies (7-7, 4-1) dumped Las Plumas 6-2 on the road. Lassen's Jon Schlauch pitched seven quality innings, giving up just six hits and no walks while fanning three.
Kyle Coker squeezed in a run in the fourth inning to put the Grizzlies ahead, and did it again for good in the sixth with a single.
Las Plumas loaded the bases with none out in the sixth, but shortstop Wes Lockard threw a runner out at home, following an infield fly and Schlauch forced the third out to end the inning.
Las Plumas argued Lockard's throw home for 20 minutes, but the call stood.
"Runners can advance at their own risk, and the runner did just that," Neagle said. "The guys are hitting better, and more importantly, we are getting big hits when we need them most. Defensively, we are making the plays when we need them.
"Our coaches and players have been working hard knowing that we have the ability to dictate the outcome of this season. I commend the hard work of Greg Lee and Greg Dickerson and the leadership of our seniors. The juniors are responding also. We are winning because of a total team effort."
Lassen received a gift, in the win column, from Orland last Friday. The Trojans forfeited the game due to a death of a faculty member.
The Grizzlies host Corning at 4 p.m. at Susanville's Memorial Park and travel to Gridley Friday, April 26.
Lassen then hosts two straight league games against Oroville on Tuesday, April 30 and Las Plumas Friday, May 3.
The Grizzlies close out WSL play at Orland Tuesday, May 7. Lassen needs to finish at least second in the league to make postseason.