Grizzlies fall to West Valley
After arguably playing the toughest schedule in the Northern Section, Lassen High School's baseball team had its season come to an end in the first round of the Division I playoffs. Seeded sixth, the Grizzlies (10-10) bowed 4-2 to No. 3 West Valley last Friday on the road.
"West Valley just beat us," Lassen head coach Bryan Neagle said. "We made only a couple of mistakes, but only one cost us a run. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance.
"This loss in no way takes away from our season. The guys never lost focus of winning league. We had injuries and several holes that needed to be filled, but this team never lost sight of what needed to be done in order to get that league title.
Neagle, who won his second Westside League title in three years, said his team won due to defense. Marc Honea, Chuck Mahan, Kyle Coker, Anthony Dickerson and Mitch Lively anchored the Grizzlies in the field.
"We made some big plays when we needed them most. Those guys seemed to always have their hand in the big plays," Neagle said.
Honea hit better than .400 in the WSL. Dickerson launched six home runs and had a team-high 21 RBI. Neil Dockery, Jason Haskill, Coker and Lively hit over .300.
"The team's success lies on the shoulders of coaches (Greg) Dickerson, (Greg) Lee and the seniors on the team. They did everything to prepare us to win a title. I was fortunate to be surrounded by these people," Neagle said.