Cougars face Feather River on the baseball field
Jared Bertotti stretches out to catch the ball while tagging the base, getting an out for the Cougars in their game against Feather River College Friday, March 15. Photo by Maddie Musante
March 27 — The Lassen Community College Cougars faced the Feather River College Golden Eagles in a home game Friday, March 15 and again in a doubleheader Saturday, March 16 in Quincy. Feather River shut out the Cougars, 8-0, in the first game and won both games on Saturday, 3-2 and 7-1.
Both teams started slowly in Friday’s game, with no runs scored in the first three innings. However, the action picked up in the fourth inning when the Golden Eagles scored four runs. Lassen was able to keep Feather River from going on another one-inning scoring spree, but the Golden Eagles did score another four runs throughout the remaining five innings, earning them the win.
Avery Brandon pitched 4.2 innings for the Cougars, allowing six hits and five runs. Brandon had six strikeouts and one walk. Colby Duncan pitched 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and two walks, allowing nine hits and three runs. Jared Engasser went two for three in his at bats and hit a double for Lassen.
The winning pitcher was Feather River’s Michael Bennett, who pitched eight innings. Bennett had 10 strikeouts and one walk, allowing three hits and no runs. Brock Asher hit two RBIs and a double for Feather River. Jake Bray had two RBIs and a homerun.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Feather River edged out Lassen by one run. Cory Louber pitched six innings for the Cougars with two strikeouts and two walks. He allowed five hits and one run. Dennis Morelli pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and two runs while getting one strikeout and three walks. Morelli also had an RBI.
Jace Puckett was the winning pitcher, pitching 5.2 innings for Feather River. He had four strikeouts and allowed three hits and one run. Jake Bray hit a double for the Golden Eagles. Jose Sierra, Chadwick Kaalekahi and Mike Egami each had RBIs.
In the second game on Saturday, Lassen had a promising start, scoring in the first inning. However, the momentum didn’t keep up, as Lassen was unable to score again. Feather River again went on a four-run scoring streak, this time in the sixth inning and continued to score throughout the remainder of the game.
Weston Caindec pitched six innings for the Cougars with one strikeout and one walk, allowing seven hits and four runs. Logan Garling pitched one inning, getting one strikeout and allowing three hits and two runs. Tobin Gutkes pitched an inning with one strikeout and two walks. Gutkes allowed two hits and one run. Josh Correa hit a double for Lassen. Jared Engasser had an RBI.
Matt Thomas pitched six innings for the Golden Eagles, getting one strikeout and allowing four hits and one run. Kaimana Perreira-Alquiza hit an RBI double for Feather River. Jose Sierra, Brandon Coborn and Mikeo Rita each had RBIs. Justin Bohn hit a double and stole two bases. Rita also stole two bases.
After the games against Feather River, the Cougars’ conference record was 2-4. Lassen went on to face College of the Siskiyous in away games Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.