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High School softball teams take the field

High School softball teams picked up their bats and balls and headed to the diamond early this month.

Chester girls

The Volcanoes traveled to Loyalton for a doubleheader March 2. The Grizzlies won both games, 24-4 and 11-0.

In the first contest the Vols scored in the first inning and stopped the Loyalton girls from getting on the scoreboard. The Griz girls came back in inning two to return the favor holding the Vols from scoring while they put eight of their own runs on the board.

Chester scored again in the third inning, but the Loyalton team added another five runs.

Inning four, Chester put up two more runs and 11 more runs were added to the Grizzly’s score to end the game.

The Grizzlies utilized senior Candace Durney to pitch all five inning without relief. Durney struck out eight of the 23 batters she faced, throwing 88 pitches.

In the second game of the doubleheader at Loyalton on March 2, the Grizzlies scored all of their 11 runs in the first inning.

Loyalton put freshman Alena Johnson on the mound and she used 75 pitches to strike out nine of the 17 batters she handled.

Chester vs. Maxwell

The Volcanoes played on the Panther diamond March 6 to score 5 runs to the Panther’s 19.

Maxwell put Jocelyn Lazarus on the mound for the five innings of the game where she struck out nine of the 28 batters she faced, throwing 117 pitches.

The Chester girls moved on to play Redding Christian on March 13 in the Big League Dreams Pawtucket followed by a game with the Paradise Bobcats in the afternoon. The girls were set to play in the Anderson Tournament on March 14, and then travel to Portola to take on the Tigers in a doubleheader March 16.

Unless games are cancelled, on Thursday, March 19, the Volcanoes take on Esparto as their first challenge in the Biggs Tourney and face rival Quincy the following day of the tournament.

The Chester girls return to Biggs to play the Wolverines on Friday, March 27, for their last pre-league game. Mercy comes to Chester for the first league contest Tuesday, March 31, at 4 p.m. Los Molinos will follow Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. and the Redding plays in Chester on Tuesday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

Three away games follow before the last regularly scheduled league game in Chester for the season, Tuesday May 5, at 4 p.m. against the Burney Raiders.

Greenville girls

The Indians are starting game play a bit later than the other Plumas County softball teams. Their first game took place during the Maxwell Tournament March 12 through 14.

First on the docket were the hosting Maxwell Panthers on March 12, followed later by the Mercy Warriors at 4 p.m. Day two brought the Biggs Wolverines at noon and the Williams Yellowjackets at 2 p.m. The last day of the tourney, the Indians faced the Fall River Bulldogs at 2 p.m.

The Indians traveled to Bieber for a doubleheader with the Big Valley Cardinals yesterday and will travel again this Monday to Happy Camp for a doubleheader with Indians.

Greenville will finally play at home Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. for the first league game of their season against the Mercy Warriors. Hayfork is next for a doubleheader on the Greenville diamond Tuesday, April 14 at 2 and 4 p.m.

Quincy girls

The Trojans went to Nevada to play Sparks on March 10, winning 12-1.The Railroaders scored first in the bottom of the first inning and the Trojans didn’t get across home plate until they scored a single run in the top of the third inning. Once the Quincy girls found their way to home plate, they came back to score 11 times in the fourth inning. Those were the last marks, for either team, until the game ended after the bottom of the fifth inning.

Quincy senior Jordan DeMartile scored two runs as did senior Chyanne Morrison and sophomore Lexi Baumgartner. Single runs were scored by sophomore Chloe Newton, junior Haley Stewart, junior Caitlyn James, junior Elliott Clark, senior Natalee Olhiser and sophomore Brystol Beatley.

Beatley hit three RBIs during the game, James hit two and Newton, Morrison, Baumgartner and Olhiser each had one RBI. DeMartile, Morrison and Beatley all hit doubles.

Seasoned Trojan Caitlyn James pitched all five innings without relief for Quincy. She struck out 13 batters of 18 faced, throwing 45 times. This game performance gives James the best record of all Plumas County High School teams so far — girls and boys.

Hoping for good weather, head softball coach Mike Yalung took the Trojan girls to Anderson to compete March 13. The Orland Trojans met the Quincy girls first at 8 a.m.The hosting Anderson Cubs were next at 9:30 a.m. and University Prep stepped up to the plate for a 3:30 p.m. game.

The Trojans signed up for the Biggs Tournament starting tomorrow, March 19,to take on the Esparto Spartans at 1 p.m. and the Fall River Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. They will meet the Chester Volcanoes during the Biggs Tournament the next day, March 20, at 10 a.m. and hope to move on for another game March 21.

The Trojans travel to Oroville to play Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, against teams to be decided.

League play begins for the Quincy Trojans with a home doubleheader Friday, April 3, with traveling Biggs Wolverines starting at 2 p.m., and again at 4 p.m.

Portola girls

The Tigers kicked off their 2020 softball season March 9 in Hamilton City in a game they won 19-16, as well as game two, 11-10, of the season’s first doubleheader.

Hamilton opened the first game of the doubleheader with a two-run lead in the bottom of the first. The Tigers rallied to score five runs in the top of the second inning. Both teams scored three runs in the third inning. Portola added five runs and the Braves added four in the fourth inning. PHS scored four runs in the fifth inning and the Braves scored two. The sixth inning brought two more runs for the Tigers and three for the Braves. Only the Hamilton team scored in the final seventh inning, two runs, but it was not enough to win the game.

No stats were available at press time for game two but the game was close, 11-10, and good seasoning for the Tiger team, win some, lose some.

The Field of Dreams Tournament in Anderson was next up for the Tiger team. They took on three teams on the first of the Anderson Cubs event.

University Prep took the field at 11 a.m., the Orland Trojans stepped up at 12:30 p.m. and hosting Anderson Cubs played their game with the Portola Tigers starting at 5 p.m. The Tigers hoped for two more games the following day during the tournament March 14.

The Chester Volcanoes came to Portola for a doubleheader March 16, and the Tigers will travel to Biggs Thursday, March 19, for the Wolverine Tournament.

The last games before league play starts will take place in Portola with a doubleheader against the tough Loyalton Grizzlies on Tuesday, March 31 starting at 1 p.m. The Grizzlies have been playing the Plumas teams tough since softball season began this year and Portola fans hope the Tigers can turn the tide.

All warmed up and ready to go, the Tigers host two doubleheaders to kick off the league competitions.

The Tigers host the Maxwell Panthers on the Portola diamond Friday, April 3 starting at 1 p.m. and on Thursday, April 16, starting at 2 p.m., the Tigers host the Greenville Indians for a second home doubleheader.

The Tigers will be traveling to Quincy to meet the Trojans for a rivalry game Friday, April 17, with the first pitch thrown at 4 p.m. in Trojan territory.

Chester home games

3/31 Mercy 4 p.m.

4/2 Los Molinos 4 p.m.

4/14 Redding 4 p.m.

5/5 Burney 4 p.m.

Greenville home games

4/2 Mercy 4 p.m.

4/14 Hayfork 2 & 4 p.m.

5/1 Loyalton 2 & 4 p.m.

Quincy home games

4/3 Biggs 2 & 4 p.m.

4/17 Portola 4 p.m.

4/21 Truckee 4 p.m.

5/1 Esparto 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Portola home games

3/31 Loyalton 1 p.m.

4/3 Maxwell 1 & 3 p.m.

4/16 Greenville 2 & 4 p.m.

4/21 CORE Butte 2 & 4 p.m.

4/24 Fall River 4 p.m.

4/28 Quincy 2 & 4 p.m.

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