Little League's Extra Innings summer program is a big hit
Gabe Williams coaches Cadence Parks on the fundamentals of catching the ball during Susanville Little League’s Extra Innings program Friday, June 28. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 11 — Susanville Little League recently began a new summer program called Extra Innings and it has been a big hit with baseball-loving children in Lassen County. The program offers Sandlot-style baseball, instructional clinics and several special events such as home run derbies, night games and wood bat only games.
The purpose of Extra Innings is to allow children to have fun while developing their playing skills. The program is more relaxed than the regular Little League season, allowing children and coaches more time to work on fundamentals and focus on having fun, rather than competing.
The program is open to players ages 7 to 14 and is divided into two age groups. Games usually take place Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with a few exceptions. Children sign up for the program on a weekly basis and can attend new player practice before each game takes place. Children can also participate in several practice and skill building sessions.
For more information on Susanville Little League’s Extra Innings program, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/SusanvilleLittleLeague?fref=ts.
Susanville Majors All Stars win District 48 championship
Manager Leo Bennett, left, Jared Moore, Darrell Miller, Keith McDaniels, Cole Dyer, Jacob Bennett, Tucker St. Andre, Josh Stephens, Jaren Madrigal, Malik DelGado, Dillen Langslet, Kenton Ritz, Josiah Snell, Coach Zane Madrigal and Coach Billy Dyer proudly hold up the banner they received for winning the championship. Photos by Shaunie Stephens
July 10 — The Susanville Little League Majors All Stars team represented the Susanville area well at the District 48 tournament held in Alturas Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30. The young men outscored their opponents 61-9 in the four game series and won the championship title.
Pitchers Jacob Bennett, Cole Dyer, Jeran Madrigal, Darrell Miller, Jarred Moore and Josh Stephens showed poise on the mound as they threw strike after strike. Cole Dyer and Malik Delgado worked well behind the plate, negating the other teams’ running game. As a team, Susanville logged only one error in 17 innings. Tucker St. Andre and Bennett each hit three home runs and Keith McDaniel hit two in the trees. The boys worked as a team to achieve success, racking up 57 hits altogether.
In Wednesday’s game, Susanville went up against Chester and won, 21-2. The team scored 11 runs in the first three innings then piled on six more in the top of the third followed by another 10 in the fifth. Dyer, Moore and Madrigal teamed up on the pitcher’s mound to stifle Chester, striking out 13 batters and only walking two.
The Susanville All Stars went on to beat Modoc, 11-4, in six innings on Thursday. Susanville scored three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run home run hit by Bennett and an RBI double hit by Moore. Moore also went the distance on the pitcher’s mound, striking out four batters, walking none and allowing only one hit and no earned runs.
On Friday, Susanville again secured a blow-out win, this time against Feather River. Several home runs hit by Susanville players ensured the 19-3 victory. Bennett went 4-for-4 at bat, blasting two home runs in the first third innings. St. Andre hit a home run in the third inning. The All Stars had no struggle with Feather River’s pitching, as six hitters combined for 14 hits, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
After a three-day winning streak, it’s no surprise Susanville went on the beat Modoc, 10-0, to win the tournament championship. The win belonged to Bennett, who pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking none. St. Andre did his part on offense, racking up six RBIs on two hits and hitting home runs in the second and fourth innings. McDaniel also hit a home run for Susanville.
Susanville will now travel to Redding to compete in the Section Two Tournament beginning Saturday, July 13. “The players continue to work hard and are looking forward to competing against the best from Northern California,” said team manager Leo Bennett.
Susanville Airsoft Squad brings locals together for a fun and creative recreational activity
Members of the Susanville Airsoft Squad pose together before playing a round of team death match at Susanville Ranch Park Saturday, June 29. The squad has about 70 members who meet and organize airsoft events each weekend. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 9 — You crawl through the brush, trying to stay low because your camouflage clothing and face paint can only hide so much. You must blend in, silent and agile, in order to get the upper hand on your opponent. You spy a young boy a few yards away. The sun reflects off his glasses at just the right angle to give him away. He’s toast and he doesn’t even know it. You raise your gun, silent and steady, finger balanced gently on the trigger. You take a deep breath, but before you can shoot, a zombie appears out of nowhere and attacks. You’ve been bitten and now must resign yourself to your fate — heading to the designated area to respawn as a member of the living dead, forced to terrorize those who were once your comrades.
Does this sound like your idea of a fun Saturday evening? The Susanville Airsoft Squad creates and plays out scenarios like this one and many more every weekend at Susanville Ranch Park.
The group, which now has about 70 members, was founded in 2009 by Kenny Lee, Dustin Matthews, Charles Marland and Fawn Wallace and is open to airsoft enthusiasts of all ages. They meet each weekend at Susanville Ranch Park to battle it out with the latest and greatest technology in airsoft guns.
Before the games began Saturday, June 29, members of the squad gathered at a dilapidated and badly graffitied cement structure near the parking lot at Susanville Ranch Park and prepared for battle. Participants dress in camouflaged clothing to better hide from their opponents, heavy boots or protective shoes so they can trek through the wild terrain and sunglasses or goggles to protect their eyes from oncoming BBs. Before picking teams, members of the group gathered together and discussed weapons and tactics. Older members of the group helped younger ones troubleshoot issues with their guns and gave them advice. Although their camouflage clothing and massive array of airsoft weapons give them intimidating presence, the group is nothing but friendly, welcoming and kind.
The 100-degree weather didn’t deter the squad who said they’ve been out in worse conditions. Susanville Airsoft Squad plays year-round, sun or snow, except when it’s raining. In the winter months they hold matches on Sunday mornings.
Although the group has about 70 members, only about 20 to 50 show up for games each weekend due to work schedules and other commitments. “Anybody can play,” said Marland, “I guess it’s really about your pain tolerance … sometimes it hurts. It’ll sting, like a bee sting.” However, as the team death match began, no one on the field seemed the least bit concerned with the sting of the BBs. The youngest player has been 12 years old.
The premise behind the games is that opponents shoot one another in simulated games. Once a player has been shot he or she must call themselves out and retreat to a designated area away from the battle.
The squad plays several different games and tries to switch it up each weekend. Team death match is a shorter game where the group divides into two teams and battles it out until there is no one left standing.
“Today we’re playing an ambush mission. So, one team has to get from point A to point B and the other team has to ambush them,” Marland said before the start of Saturday’s games.
The group also plays capture the flag and zombies. The zombie game begins like team death match, but when three people get out and meet at the designated area, they respawn as a zombie team and attack everyone on the field. The game goes on until there is only one ‘human’ left standing.
The games begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and usually go on until about 9:30.
According to Marland, the squad is working on forming a group to travel to Sacramento and play with an ex-military airsoft team.
“Airsoft’s bigger worldwide than paintball is. They actually have a 1,000-man game down in Southern California. They make tanks and everything,” Marland said.
The group communicates mainly via Facebook and is always welcoming new members. For more information on Susanville Airsoft Squad, visit facebook.com/groups/Susanvilleairsoftsquad/?fref=ts.
Bull riding series returns to Lassen County Fair
Once again, the California Smack Down Bull Riding Series will be putting on a show at this year’s Lassen County Fair. The event will help kick off this year’s fair week at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 and will feature more than 20 bull riders, as well as mutton busting and barrel racing events for local participants. For more information on the California Smack Down Bull Riding Series, to sign up for barrel racing or to sponsor a bull, call Manuel Souza at (209)724-3253. File photo
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