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High school games wind up for spring break then back to the field to finish 2022

Mari Erin Roth

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Sports Editor

Los Molinos bests Volcanoes in a tug-o-war, 10-6
The Chester baseball team has been doing very well in Plumas County. They had a heck of a game with the Los Molinos Bulldogs on April 8. “Tough loss to a good team,” said CHS head baseball coach Klimek. The game started with nothing for the Vols. The Bulldogs came out with one run in the first inning and 3 runs in the second inning. Chester pulled up with 3 runs in the  third inning and 3 runs in the top of the fourth inning. With Los Mo adding just a single run in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of the fourth, the Volcanoes had the lead for a minute before the dogs tied things up going into the top of the fifth. It was a standoff, 6-6. No runs were scored at all in the fifth inning and the Vols were held scoreless in the top of the sixth, but the Bulldogs added the decisive 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and were unable to score in the seventh.
CHS runs were scored by Kooper Clark (2), Wade Neer (2), Lucas Klimek, and Haven Chase. RBIs came from Connor Barr, Klimek, and Neer. Klimek and Neer were able to steal a base from the Bulldog pitching crew but they were tough! Bulldog pitchers struck out Volcano batters 9 times.
Lucas Klimek and Connor Barr pitched for Chester, both striking out two batters each. Klimek pitched four innings and faced 23 batters and Barr pitched 2 innings and faced 9 batters.
“We have them at home in a couple weeks,” said coach Klimek. “Let’s work hard and change the outcome in our favor.”
The Vols were scheduled to play the Loyalton Grizzlies but weather cancelled that game and one with Fall River that was to play April 11. Stay tuned for more on the mighty Volcanoes after spring break. They open up with the league rematch with Los Molinos on the Volcano diamond starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Then off to Maxwell, Friday, April 29 for a league doubleheader and back home Tuesday, May 3, to host the Redding Lions for another league game. The final two games of the season are with the Raiders in Burney Friday, May 6, in doubleheader games at 2 and 4 p.m.
Chester softball
The Bulldogs of Los Molinos won over the Vols, 19-5, on April 8. Runs for Chester were scored by Bailey Williams, Chloe Wiseman (2), Sarah Branch, and Gianna Tartandino. Branch and Rylee Rhoads hit two RBIs each. Wiseman, Rhoads, and Tisa Jansen all hit doubles in the game! Wiseman was the only Volcano sneaky enough to steal a base from the Bulldogs. Branch pitche 2 innings, Wiseman and Rhoads each pitched an inning. Branch struck out two Los Mo batters of 11 faced. Rhoads pitched to 15 Bulldogs and Wiseman pitched to 13.
Like the boys, Fall River cancelled Monday but the Volcano girls will play Los Molinos at CHS Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. and will travel with the boys to Maxwell Friday, April 29, for their own doubleheader with the Panthers. CHS softball will play Redding in Chester Tuesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. An away doubleheader in Burney follows, Friday, May 6, and the Volcano girls wrap up their season with a home game at 4 p.m. Monday, May 9, with the visiting CORE Butte Lynx.
Portola baseball
The Tiger boys won both games of a doubleheader with Williams April 8. In game one, 19-0, runs were scored by Tanner Carr (2), Ricky Richardson, Magnus Berg (2), Johnathon Moran (2), Cade Wilmer, Michael Stewart (3), Sean Sheridan (2), Cody Wilmer, Jackson Powell (2), and Emery Powell. Moran hit 2 RBIs, as did Sheridan. Carr, Cade Wilmer, and Stewart all hit runners in to score. Carr, Berg, and E. Powell all stole a base. Sheridan served as catcher the entire game. Moran pitched all 4 innings, striking out 7 batters of 15 faced in 56 pitches.
In game two, 16-2, runs were scored by Carr (2), Berg, Moran (2), Cade Wilmer (2), Stewart, Sheridan (2), Cody Wilmer (3), J. Powell (2), and E. Powell. Base stealing improved with Berg and Carr stealing 2 bases, and Moran and E. Powell both stole one. Carr and Cody Wilmer shared the pitching work. Carr struck out 6 batters in 3 innings and Cody Wilmer struck out one batter in 2 innings at the mound.
Bulldogs won’t let go
The Tigers lost to the Los Molinos Bulldogs April 12 by a score of 11-1. Ricky Richardson scored the single mark on the board for the Tigers, batted in by Sean Sheridan. Michael Stewart hit a double. The Bulldogs did not allow a single base to be stolen although Tanner Carr gave it a shot. Emery Powell pitched 2.2 innings and struck out 2 batters. Jackson Powell pitched 1.1 innings and also struck out 2 Bulldogs. Johnathon Moran struck out 2 batters in one inning pitched and Berg pitched to 7 batters for the Tigers. Michael Stewart served as catcher for all 4 Portola pitchers.
Next up for Portola Tiger baseball
After spring break, the Tigers warm up with a non-league game in Virginia City Monday, April 25. They will host the Fall River Bulldogs in Portola Tuesday, April 26, with the game starting at 4 p.m. The following day, Wednesday, April 27, the Hamilton Braves come to call for doubleheader league matches at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Rivalry will be in the air as the Tigers travel to Quincy to play the Trojans Tuesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. The tables will turn Friday, May 6, when the Trojans come to Portola to challenge the Tigers on their home diamond at 4 p.m. The final games of the season are with Biggs in an away doubleheader on Monday, May 9.
Portola softball, 8-7-1 overall, 2-0 league
The lady Tigers won both games of a doubleheader with the Williams Yellowjackets April 8 in Portola. In game one, 20-3, the Tiger runs were scored in clumps. The first inning brought 14 runs to the Tigers in the bottom of the inning after holding the Yellowjackets away from the scoreboard. Williams scored one run in the top of the 2nd inning and one run in the top of the 3rd inning before the Tigers again crossed home plate to score with 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Yellowjackets scored another single run in the top of the 4th inning and that was the game. In game two, 24-3, Williams kicked off with their 3 runs in the first inning. Portola put up 12 runs in the bottom of that first inning and added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. As the final score tells, the Yellowjackets scored no more. Portola added 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 7 runs in the 4th inning. And that was that.
The Tigers are currently still playing their game with the Hamilton Braves (April 14) and then it is break time until Monday, April 25, when the Tigers will travel with the boys to Virginia City to warm back up and blaze through the balance of the season. Quincy Tuesday, May 3, and Friday, May 6 will be followed by and away game with Biggs Monday, May 9, and a final away game with Loyalton, Wednesday, May 11.
Quincy still on top
The Trojan girls and boys are both riding their leagues with 4-0 records. The girls are 15-6 overall and the boys are 12-9, having lost a non-league game with East Nicolaus April 13 by a score of 13-2. It’s tough games like that, that keep a top team on their toes. The lady Trojans are playing tomorrow, Friday, April 15 in Quincy with University Prep in a non-league game, if the weather doesn’t get in the way. The game is scheduled to start at noon.
The Trojan girls and boys will be back at it after the break starting Wednesday, April 27, with Loyalton in another non-league challenge. A league doubleheader will take place for both teams in Quincy with visiting Biggs Wolverines. Fan support is greatly appreciated by these high school teams. The games are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. although generally when the first game ends, they just take a 20-minute break and start up into game two. The pair of rivalry games with Portola will follow (league challenges) on Tuesday May 3 in Quincy, and May 6 in Portola. And that’s a wrap for the Trojans 2022 season.


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