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The Chester Volcanoes pitcher Conner Barr throws a strike in game one of the doubleheader in Quincy March 26. Barr scored 3 runs, hit 3 RBIs, and stole a base in this first challenge of the day. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Chester wins double on doubleheader, beats Quincy

By Mari Erin Roth

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Sports Editor

 

The Chester High School boys are building up a head of steam before league play begins with an overall 7-3 record. The Quincy Trojans hosted the Vols for a doubleheader March 26 and the Chester boys took home both victories.

 

Chester Volcanoes 12, Quincy Trojans 2

In game one, Conner Barr commanded the mound facing 23 Trojan batters and striking out four in the 5-inning win for Chester. Jaxon Holland, Wade Neer and Joey Tantardino all hit 3 RBIs. Haven Chase, Conner Barr, and Lucas Klimek hit an RBI.  Volcano runs were scored by Kooper Clark, Barr (2), Zack Brent, Klimek (2), Holland (2), Neer (3), and Tantardino. Stealing bases helped those runs come around to home plate and the Vols were definitely on their game; Klimek stole 3 bases as did Neer and Tantardino. Barr and Holland each stole one base. “Your quality at bats with timely hitting and smart aggressive base running was evident today,” said Chester head baseball coach Klimek.

 

Chester Volcanoes 21, Quincy Trojans 3

After a short 20-minute break to inhale lunch and catch their breath, the two teams took to the diamond once again for game two of the Saturday doubleheader. Juan Flores served as catcher for Volcano pitchers Lucas Klimek and relief pitcher Jaxon Holland. Klimek was merciless striking out 10 Trojan batters in 4.2 innings. He faced 24 batters. Holland came in to take on four Quincy Trojans at the plate.

Putting the runs on the scoreboard were Neer (5), Kooper Clark (4), Klimek (3), Barr (3), Holland (2), Tantardino (2), Logan Oswold, and Flores. Hitting those runs in with RBIs were Klimek (5), Holland (4), Barr (3), Oswold (3), Neer (2), Clark (2), and Tantardino (2). Bases were stolen by Klimek (2), Neer (2), Barr, Holland, Flores, and Tantardino.

No stats were posted by the Quincy team for either game.

The sun was shining on everyone that day and kept fans warm and comfortable, but the rays were especially bright on the visiting Volcano baseball team. “Overall excellent play in the field, no critical fielding errors committed in either game,” said CHS head baseball coach Klimek. “Outstanding!” The lineup of Chester pitchers is working really well for the 2022 Volcanoes. The lineup is providing them with a nice balance between new and seasoned talent. “Two quality pitching performances by Conner Barr and Lucas Klimek,” said CHS assistant baseball coach George Wellman of the doubleheader in Quincy. Next up for the Chester team is the first league challenge of the season! The Volcanoes travel to Redding to meet the Lion’s on the RCHS diamond Friday, April 1 starting at 4 p.m. The Lions are 3-6 overall, but it’s hard to tell what that means exactly since the teams are playing mostly different opponents. One thing to look at is, both teams lost to Anderson, but Chester beat Mt. Shasta twice and Redding lost to them once. The next game is Monday, April 11, when the Volcanoes travel to Fall River to play the Bulldogs. This is not a league game. The Vols host Loyalton Saturday, April 16, for a doubleheader at noon and 3 p.m. THEN they host the second league game Tuesday, April 26, after spring break. The Los Molinos Bulldogs will step up onto the mound at 4 p.m. Stay tuned for the latest on Volcano progress.

 

Up next for Quincy

The Trojans are sitting at 5-7 overall with one more warm-up game before league play begins. They host the Loyalton Grizzlies tomorrow, Wednesday March 30, at 4 p.m. in Quincy. Then Friday, April 1, they will travel to open up their season in a doubleheader with the Yellowjackets in Williams. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Trojans plan to stay loose playing the Modoc Braves in Alturas Tuesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. Hamilton will host the Trojans in a league doubleheader Friday, April 8. Game times are 2 and 4 p.m. Back home they will come on Wednesday, April 13, to play the East Nicolaus Spartans in their fifth league game before spring break.

Quincy freshman Jake Thackeray tries to tamper the Volcano fire March 26. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

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