Grizzlies secure league championship
Colby Chavez rockets the ball to first base in one of the Grizzlies’ home games. The Lassen High School varsity baseball team beat the Anderson Cubs in a doubleheader Tuesday, April 30, securing them the league championship. Photo by Maddie Musante
May 7 — The Lassen High School Grizzlies played the Anderson High School Cubs in an away doubleheader Tuesday, April 30. The Grizzlies won both games, 16-4 and 13-8, securing themselves the league championship.
Ryan Sharpe pitched four innings in the first game against the Cubs, striking out one batter, walking two and giving up nine hits and four earned runs. Nate Freeman pitched one inning, getting one strikeout and one walk, while allowing one hit and no earned runs. Joey Beck went 3-4 at the plate for Lassen, hitting two homeruns and getting three RBIs. Sharpe hit a double and had two RBIs. Colby Chavez went 3-5 and hit a double and three RBIs. Freeman hit a double and got an RBI. Jarrell Cunningham and Logan Loflin each hit two RBIs.
Cunningham took the pitcher’s mound for three innings in the second game of the doubleheader, getting three strikeouts, one walk and allowing no hits and no runs. Garrison Collier pitched four innings, striking out four batters, walking none and giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Sharpe went 3-5 at the plate, hitting a double and getting two RBIs. Cunningham hit two doubles. Collier went 3-3 and got three RBIs. Loflin, Perry and Chavez each had one RBI.
This is the third year in a row the Grizzlies baseball team has won the Northern Athletic League championship, a feat that has not been accomplished since the 1997 through 1999 baseball seasons. After the games against Anderson, the Grizzlies boasted an overall record of 20-6 and a league record of 10-1. The team’s record over the past three years is 54-21.
“It feels good. It feels like we’ve accomplished something that hasn’t been accomplished in a long time,” said head coach Scott Foreman, “These guys have done an excellent job. There’s no real big superstars out here. There’s just a bunch of guys who came together and want to win.”
Although happy about winning the league, Foreman and the Grizzlies are already looking ahead and preparing for the section playoffs and semi-finals. “(We’re) just trying to win one game at a time. Every game is just so important. As soon as you lose, you’re gone. We just have to get it done. We have to play up to our ability and then we should be able to do it,” Foreman said.
Lassen is the number two seed for the Northern Athletic League section playoffs and will host the first round at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Memorial Park.