Another win was added to the Lady Grizzly record thanks to the varsity Miners paying a visit to the Lassen field.
The Lassen High School varsity softball team hosted the Yreka Miners for a stellar victory Friday, April 20 before falling short against the West Valley Eagles Tuesday, April 24 on the road.
Lassen defeated Yreka with a harsh final score of 7-1 to truly make the home fans proud.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Grizzlies to gain a lead against Yreka.
By the end of the fourth inning, the Grizzlies were on top of the 3-1 lead and weren’t looking too eager to give it up.
Yreka then tried and failed to advance their score during the top of the fifth.
During the bottom of the fifth, Jewel Kerby started things off with a single. She then stole second on a wild pitch prior to Josephine Carman’s walk.
Another wild pitch sent Kerby to third and Carman to second while Chelsea Williams was at bat, and a bunt from Williams sent the aforementioned Lady Grizzlies home.
Fawn Robinson stepped up to the plate and hit a single to send Williams to second.
With Mila Knezevich at bat, Williams stole third and Robinson stole second, but soon after the bat hit the ball, Williams was sent out and Knezevich reached first on fielder’s choice. Robinson reached third.
Taylor Nethery hit a single to bring Robinson in, and after the next play, the inning was called.
Inning six began with the Lady Grizzlies ahead 6-1 and ended with another point on the board for Lassen.
Roxanne Nicholas started things off hot with a single that turned into a double due to a fielder’s error.
Kerby then bunted to reach first and send Nicholas to third, all while keeping the Grizzly energy strong.
Reegan Floyd was up to bat next and hit a single to bring Nicholas home and send Kerby to second.
Carman then reached first on a fielder’s choice while Kerby was tagged out at third and Floyd sprinted to second.
Williams repeated the feat with a fielder’s choice allowing her to reach first while also sending Floyd out and Carman to second.
Both Carman and Williams stole a base while Robinson was at bat, but a strikeout ended the inning and left both Lady Grizzlies on bases.
During the top of the seventh inning, Floyd finished off the game on the mound to pick up the win. She had two strikeouts and only gave up one hit and one walk.
By the end of the game, Floyd had pitched a full seven innings with 29 batters faced. She struck out 11 and gave up four hits, one run and three walks.
The 7-1 Grizzly score ended the home game and allowed the Grizzlies to enjoy the weekend before heading to West Valley to face the Eagles for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Lady Grizzlies requested that the quote associated with the home game against Yreka was, “Trucker, nine claps.”
Somewhere along the road, the Lady Grizzlies appeared to have lost their train of thought as the focus seen from the purple and gold team against West Valley was unusually low.
Lassen lost the first game with a score of 7-0 on the board. The second ended with the Eagles again winning, this time with a score of 1-0.
West Valley started off strong with three runs in the first inning of the first game. The Eagles then added four runs in the third inning and without a response from Lassen, the score remained 7-0 until the game’s end.
Game two was not as successful for the Eagles, but still enough so to earn the win.
West Valley scored their one and only run during the bottom of the second inning.
Lassen then hosed the non-conference Lassen Tournament all day Friday, April 27. Results of the tournament matches will be published in the Tuesday, May 8 issue.
The next game for the purple and gold team will be today, Tuesday, May 1 at Central Valley.