Branch blasts four RBIs as Chester topples Mercy

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Chester’s Spencer Lee throws for the win against Mercy at home last week. Photos by Greg Knight
Greg Knight
Sports Editor

Considering the fact that Chester head baseball coach Aaron Hardesty wanted to end the Volcanoes’ league opener against Mercy in five innings, it was a good day for his team as it dispatched the Warriors in six on a 10-0 shutout.

The game, which saw pitcher Spencer Lee strike out eight Mercy batters and give up only four hits, was a study in offense and defense for the Vols — after runs by the first three in the order Adam Branch, Jason Schlueter and Tristan James, the squad embarked on a massive five-run third inning that sealed the deal early for Chester.

Overall, Branch was the powerhouse hitter for the Vols, nailing four RBIs in four appearances at the plate, earning a single and double as well as the run in the first. Branch, along with Spencer Lee and Nick Cancilla, also batted .500 on the day and earned a .500 on-base percentage.

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California Outdoors for the week of 3/20/2015

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

What’s the best (legal) way for kids to enjoy tidepool animals?

Question: I have two small daughters that are very much into marine life. I thought it would be exciting for them to catch small critters, fish, etc. and put them into an aquarium at home. I figured they could then return the marine life back to the ocean every few weeks. I looked into this online and it appears that you need to obtain a permit to collect marine life in this fashion. Do you think it is possible for me to obtain the proper permits in order to do this with my kids? If so, do you have any idea how I would go about applying and the general costs?

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Youth soccer registration begins next week

Spring is just around the corner and so is the start of the Almanor Recreation and Park District Spring Soccer League. Photo courtesy Lassen Peak Photography by jerri lee
M. Kate West
Staff Writer

While spring has not officially sprung, the annual change to daylight saving time signals the season of the year when the Almanor Recreation and Park District hosts a registration event for its Spring Soccer League.

Sign-ups will be held inside the front door at the Chester Elementary School on March 25, 26 and 27, from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

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Schlueter shocks Trojans in extra innings, takes 6-5 win

Chase McDonald tags the third base bag as Chester infielder Damon Stephens (No. 10) waits for the ball.
Greg Knight
Sports Editor

Chester junior Jason Schlueter was a hero during the basketball season for the Volcanoes, thanks mostly to his consistent outside shooting. As it turned out last week, with the start of baseball season featuring the Vols taking on Quincy, Schlueter proved he was a hero on the diamond as well by leading his team to a 6-5 come-from-behind win in eight innings.

Schlueter entered the game in the top of the fourth inning, replacing fellow junior pitcher Spencer Lee, with the Volcanoes trailing 5-1. In short order he slammed the door shut on Trojan hitters and gave the Vols a chance to come back — which they did in the fourth thanks to a three-run rally by Chester that saw Schlueter, Tristan James and Adam Branch score.

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Lady Trojans best Chester in season opener

Greg Knight
Sports Editor

The Quincy Lady Trojans softball squad opened the 2015 season with a 3-1 win over Chester last week in a game that saw junior pitcher Sara Nolan deliver a standout performance by giving up only one run in the game, tossing a strikeout with no walks and going two-for-three at the plate for two runs.

After Nolan scored early in the first inning, Chester responded in the third with a run by Elizabeth Bereznak off an RBI single from Reanna Trujillo. Tied up at 1-1, the Trojans kept up the pressure by adding another run from Nolan on an RBI single by Brooke Potter. After another RBI single from senior Claire Wright, Quincy put the game away with a run to home plate by Madison Venable.

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