Lassen again falls 10 - 0 in title game
Another section championship game, another 10-0 loss. Lassen High School's softball team dropped its second consecutive Northern Section Division II title game last Saturday, falling 10-0 to West Valley in Red Bluff.
The Grizzlies bowed to Enterprise 10-0 in last year's championship game.
"It's obviously disappointing," third-year Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "We didn't hit, play defense or pitch well, and we swung at bad pitches. But a loss like this doesn't take away from what these girls accomplished this season.
"Sometimes too much emphasis is placed on one game. I don't want one bad day overshadow all the good things that happened this season."
Lassen finished the season with a 22-13 overall record. The Grizzlies joined Pleasant Valley and Central Valley as the only teams in the section to win 22 games.
The 22-game mark is the second most wins in school history and the Grizzlies have made the playoffs the last three years. This season was the only year Lassen didn't win the Westside league title under Moore.
Moore said he is especially proud of his three seniors that anchored the club.
"Julia (Branch) is a prime example of how hard work pays off. She overcame a shoulder injury that didn't allow her to pitch and she put in a lot of extra work to become a solid first baseman. She came from being a .125 hitter to a .275 hitter.
"Alisha Perdue moved from being a third baseman to a full-time catcher. She did an outstanding job, hitting .365 and no one could run on her."
Perdue hit a school-record five home runs and was hit by a record 16 pitches.
"Danielle Bera stats speak for themselves," Moore said. "She might not be the best fielder and hitter we've had here, but she's the best player we've ever had."
Bera, who hit 40-for-102 overall, was named co-MVP of the Westside League and will most likely receive all-section honors.
Bera hopes to land a position on Chico State's team next year.
Joining Bera on the all-league team were Lee Robertson, Megan Lybarger and Perdue. Nicolette Stokes, Megan Bera and Branch received honorable mention.
Danielle Bera and Perdue will compete in the North State All-Star Game this Sunday in Redding. They will play for the north team under the direction of Moore.
The Grizzlies avenged last year's section title game loss to Enterprise by beating the Hornets 9-4 in the semifinals last Tuesday at Susanville's Riverside Park.
Down 4-1 in the sixth inning, Lassen rattled off eight runs, keyed by Lybarger's three-run double.
Megan Bera went 3-for-3; Danielle Bera was 3-for-4 and Branch had two hits and drove in two runs.
"To dethrone the reigning section champs was pretty satisfying. I didn't look so good there for a while," Moore said. "Enterprise is a really good, well-coached team. Their pitcher had our girls off balance in the early innings.
"The girls regrouped though and pulled it out. It was neat to see them rise to the occasion and have such a large crowd cheering them on. We didn't lose a league game or playoff game at home this year."
Against West Valley at Frey Field in Red Bluff, Robertson had Lassen's sole hit, a single to lead off the game.
The Eagles' Megan McClern fanned eight en route to her one-hitter.
"She's really not one of the top pitchers in the section. We helped her out quite a bit," Moore said.
Lassen defeated West Valley earlier in the season as the host of the Coca-Cola Classic in the preseason.