“The Chester Volcanoes varsity baseball team is off to a strong start going 2-1 this past week in the Glen Cox Tournament at Los Molinos High School,” said CHS Head Baseball Coach Mike Klimek. “With only two practices under their belts before the tournament, the boys played clean defense and hit the ball well.”
In the second game facing the Mt. Shasta Bears, the Volcanoes took on the weather as well as their opponents. The game weather was cool, mild, and breezy at the start, 1 p.m., but by the 4th inning the storm moving through NorCal brought a lot of wind and cold air. The team and fans were not prepared and everyone was shivering cold before it ended. Scorekeepers’ hands were so cold they had difficulty scoring the game. “A special thank you to my wife Michele and Kim Clark for taking on the task of learning how to score a game and being dedicated fans,” said CHS Assistant Coach George Wellman.
Notable plays of the game include Volcano Jaxon Holland scoring three of the CHS runs. Lucas Klimek, Wade Neer, and Juan Flores all crossed home plate two times each. Cayleb Clark, Connor Barr, Zack Brent and Logan Oswald all added a run to the Volcano winning score. Holland hit three RBIs, Joey Tantardino hit in two Vols, and Barr, Brent, Oswold, Neer, and Flores all hit in CHS runners. Oswold hit a triple and Clark hit a double. All the other bases came the hard way, one at a time.
Klimek and Tantardino were the most stealth Volcanoes, stealing three bases from the Bear pitchers each! Holland stole two bases. Barr and Flores both got away with one base each. Flores served as catcher for the game to pitchers Clark, Oswold, and Klimek. Pitching three innings was Klimek. He struck out three batters of 13 faced, with 43 pitches. Clark pitched 2.2 innings, striking out three batters of 14 faced, throwing 48 pitches. Oswold pitched 1.1 innings, struck out two batters of 12 faced, throwing 42 pitches. “We’re looking forward to a good season of baseball,” said coach Klimek. “This is a good group of young men and (they are) a pleasure to coach!”
There is a big game coming up in Portola as the Volcanoes take on the Tigers on the newly refurbished PHS diamond. The Tigers were warming up way out in Nevada in Lovelock at the Pershing Tournament while the Volcanoes went in the opposite direction to Los Molinos. The “east meets west” game joining Plumas County takes place Friday, March 11, starting at 3 p.m. Fans and spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend.