Plumas baseball teams face each other
Chester’s Hunter Morris deliberates on which pitch he should throw during the Volcanoes’ game against Greenville on April 10. Photos by James Wilson
It was a busy week for the baseball teams from all four high schools in Plumas County. In all, the teams played a total of 10 games; some for better and some for worse.
The big winner of the week was Chester, with three games and three wins. The Volcanoes took Greenville down 18-3 April 10. Continuing its streak, Chester beat Liberty Christian twice in a row during its April 12 double header. The Volcanoes dominated with 19-0 and 17-3 wins.
“The game against Greenville was ugly,” commented Chester’s coach Terry Hernandez. “Both teams made a lot of errors. We played better against Liberty Christian and we’re now where we want to be.”
Both teams racked up some runs in the Chester/Greenville game. In the first inning alone Greenville brought home three runs and Chester scored four. The Volcanoes outscored Greenville in every inning but the seventh to take the game.
“Both teams hit the ball well, and both teams made a lot of errors,” commented Greenville’s coach Mike Chelotti. “Chester is a really good team, though. It was a good competitive game. In terms of hitting, everyone was swinging their bat.”
Chester’s games against Liberty Christian were stomps. Hunter Morris pitched the first three innings of the first game and completely shut out Liberty Christian.
“Morris looked really good,” continued Hernandez. “He got his form back. All the pitchers during that double header did really good.”
The three wins put Chester at 7-4 overall and 5-0 in league play. Greenville is 6-3 overall and 4-0 in league.
Portola and Quincy
The Tigers and the Trojans once again faced each other on April 9. The Tigers won 15-5. The two teams played their first game of the season against one another with Quincy coming out on top. Portola’s recent victory over Quincy acted as sweet revenge.
Quincy made some vital errors that ultimately cost them the game. Portola quickly ran up nine runs by the third inning to give itself a substantial lead.
“We just had a good day and played good baseball,” said Portola’s coach Tim Brubaker. “We pitched well and for the most part caught the ball and put it in play. We’re certainly not 10 runs better than Quincy is though. We just had a really good day.”
Ricky Lowdermilk pitched for the Tigers, ending the game in five innings. Lowdermilk struck out 12.
On April 12, Portola traveled to Colusa for a double header. The Tigers stayed in the game until the end of both games. Colusa made successful rallies to win 10-1 and 15-5.
In the first game, Portola was only down 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. Colusa managed to fill the bases and score one run after another. Colusa totaled eight runs in that one inning.
The next game the Tigers were up 5-4 going into the bottom of the fifth. Colusa rallied with five runs to take the lead, and six more in the sixth to end the game.
“That day we played 13 innings and we played 11 of those really well,” said Brubaker. “The score is a little deceiving.”
Quincy played one more game last week against Lassen on April 11. Lassen is a Division II school, while Quincy is Division IV. Lassen took down the Trojans 15-6.
“We’re in the middle of the season and we can’t give up,” said Quincy’s coach Bob Hatzell. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m confident we can get into the playoffs.”
Portola’s one win and two losses bring the Tigers’ record to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in league play. Quincy is now 7-8 overall and 1-1 in league.