The Lassen Community College softball team hosted the Feather River Golden Eagles to a doubleheader Saturday, April 14.
The pair of games against the Golden Eagles marked the final home game of the season for the Lady Cougars, and the stands were full of enthusiastic orange and black fans eager for the games to begin.
Despite the constant show of Cougar support, the Golden Eagles managed to fight their way to the top during both games. The final score of the first match was 12-3 in Golden Eagle favor, and the second was 9-3 again favoring the visiting birds.
Prior to the home games, the Cougars took on the College of the Siskiyous for a doubleheader Friday, April 13. Of the two away games, Lassen won the first with a score of 9-4, but they fell in the second game with a final score of 7-5.
During the first game against Feather River, the score remained a 0-0 tie until the top of the third, in which the Golden Eagles brought in three runs and established a strong lead.
The Feather River success continued into the fourth inning as the Golden Eagles doubled their previous run count and brought the score to 6-0 in their favor.
The fifth inning saw no runs from either team and the Cougars were still suffering from a scoreless game by the start of the sixth.
In the sixth inning, Feather River contributed to their score yet again with two runs.
Then, in the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars finally responded with three runs of their own.
The Lassen runs were scored by Maddie Camacho, Mia Torres and Sabrina Jones with RBI’s credited to Christina Torres and Jill Smith.
The seventh inning saw an additional four runs for the Golden Eagles, and with 12-3 on the board, the game was called.
Pitching during the first game was Sabrina Johnson for 3.1 innings and Jones for 3.2 innings.
Johnson faced 20 batters, struck out one and gave up five hits, six runs and four walks.
Jones faced 21 batters and gave up six hits, six runs and two walks.
In the second game, Lassen started off strong with three runs in the first to counter Feather River’s single run.
In the first inning, Camacho hit a triple; Mia Torres walked and with a double from Jones, Camacho scored and Mia Torres made it to third.
Then, a double hit by Christina Torres brought both Mia Torres and Jones in to bring the Lady Cougars to the lead.
The orange and black lead didn’t last long, however, as the Feather River ladies hit in four runs in the second inning and one in the third.
Things flat-lined on the field in the fourth and fifth inning, but the Golden Eagles picked it up again during the top of the sixth to bring their run tally up to eight. They then finished things off with a final run in the seventh that called the game.
Despite the pair of losses, the Cougars remained positive and focused on the improvements they have made on the field throughout the season.
Head coach Jo Koons said, “I’m really proud of how we competed on Saturday. I think we hung with the best in the conference and we score six runs off of one of the best pitchers in the state. We’re fighting for third in conference, so we’re looking to sweep the last four games.”