Shandell Gemmel slides into second base and successfully steals the base during the second game against Butte on Wednesday, March 15. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Lady Cougar softball opens season with two victories

The Lassen College softball team swept Butte’s Roadrunners away during the Wednesday, March 15 doubleheader.

The Lady Cougars decided to make an entrance for the season opener, and with two wins under their belts, they certainly left with style.

The first of two games was a 6-1 win for the Cougars, and while the second game was not as dramatic, Butte still dare not scoff at the 5-4 Cougar win.

In game one, Lassen made sure to eliminate any hope for the Roadrunners by scoring two runs in the first inning.

Aleah DeLaCruz pitched a complete game and was completely ruthless.

After Butte finished its offensive turn in the second inning, still without a single run, the Cougars showed no signs of slowing down.

In the bottom of the second inning, Lassen scored three runs.

Sabrina Johnson pitches to the Butte Roadrunners for the majority of game two on Wednesday, March 15. Photo by Ashley Grogan

In the fourth inning, Lassen solidified its final score of 6 with another run.

Butte managed a run in the seventh inning of the game, but the attempt was hardly noticed as the Cougars were already chanting their song of victory.

DeLaCruz gave away a total of six hits throughout the first game. Coach Glen Yonan stated, “Delacruz was the winning pitcher in the 6-1 victory and was helped by a very strong defensive and offensive effort.”

For the offensive Cougar success in game one, Mia Torres, Taylor Knecht and Sabrina Jones each had multiple hits.

Alyssa Jones scored three of the Lady Cougar runs while Torress made two and Julisa Rodriguez made one.

Rodriguez hit two RBIs, and Knecht, DeLaCruz and Shandell Gemmel each hit one.

In addition, Yonan mentioned that Kennedy Ford added a double for the team.

In the second game, Lassen started off with a run in the first inning and watched their success hit a standstill for a few innings afterward.

Butte was able to miraculously make three runs in the top of the third inning. At this point, Lassen was officially pushed to the backburner with a losing score of 3-1.

The fifth inning proved advantageous for both teams as Butte landed another run before handing off the bat to the Lady Cougars.

Once Lassen was back at bat, the Cougars decided to whip back into shape and make two runs to bring the score up to 4-3 in Butte’s favor.

Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, feeling the Cougars catch up to them only served as bad luck. They neglected to score any more runs in the sixth or seventh inning.

Kennedy Ford braces for the Butte pitch during the Wednesday, March 15 game. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Lassen, on the contrary, took the opportunity to keep their heads high and hone in their focus.

With Cougar might at their side, the ladies were able to make two more runs to total out their score at five points.

In the second game, Sabrina Johnson was the starting pitcher and served Lassen well for the first 5.1 innings. She scattered nine hits, allowed three earned runs, walked one struck out two.

The final 1.2 innings were pitched by DeLaCruz. She was named the winning pitcher after the Cougars made their sixth inning comeback to win the game.

The Lady Cougar offense was led by Knecht with her three hits from three times at bat. Knecht also hit two RBIs and completed one run.

Jones scored two more runs, as did Torres.

DeLaCruz had two RBIs and both Gemmel and Ford reached base three times.

Yonan commented, “Torres continued her torrid start going 3-for-4 in the night cap.”

The Lassen College softball team started the Golden Valley Conference play off with a 2-0 record after the doubleheader defeat of Butte.

With the two wins, the Lady Cougars improved their record to 8-7.

The next game for Lassen took place at Gavilan College and Cabrillo College for a pair of doubleheaders over the Friday, March 17 weekend.