LHS softball team wins own tourney
Lassen High School's softball team captured its second tournament title in as many weeks, winning its own Coca-Cola Classic Friday-Saturday, March 22-23. The Grizzlies stockpiled five wins in a bizarre twist.
Lassen (11-6) defeated Red Bluff 6-3, Shasta 5-2, Fernley, Nev. 8-2 and West Valley 11-2 to get to the championship game.
That's when the situation got...well...weird.
The Grizzlies were scheduled to play Pleasant Valley in the title game, yet the Vikings forfeited, because evidently they were homesick.
"I can't explain it," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "They had a bunch of excuses, one being the girls were tired and beat up, and just didn't want to play the game.
"It's really too bad. Our girls were ready to play and were looking forward to the challenge. It's hard to believe that happened."
Pleasant Valley entered the game with an undefeated record.
The forfeit, a 9-0 win in the book, gave Lassen the tournament title.
Against Red Bluff, Lassen pitcher Megan Lybarger struck out 11 for the win and belted a solo-home run. Lee Robertson was 2-for-4 and Alisha Perdue and Nicolette Stokes drove in a pair of runs.
Pitcher Meghan Bera picked up her first varsity win against Shasta in five innings of work. Lybarger got the save, retiring six straight batters.
Danielle Bera went 2-for-4; Robertson had a hit, two steals and scored twice, and Alma Mesa knocked in two runs.
Perdue got the crowd talking with a monster home run over the left fielder's head against Fernley.
"It was a blast. A real shot," Moore said.
The catcher finished with three hits, including two homers and four RBI.
Danielle Bera scored three times and had a hit, and Lybarger fanned 12 of 15 batters she faced, giving up two hits.
Perdue and Stokes went deep against West Valley. Stokes found the right center field gap for a grand slam and Perdue was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Julia Branch was 2-for-3 and Mesa had two hits, including a triple.
Perdue was named MVP of the tournament with Robertson, Mesa, Lybarger and Danielle Bera receiving all-tournament honors.
"We swung the bat well all weekend. It wasn't one girl that stood out. We played and won as a team," Moore said. "If we continue to hit, pitch and play defense the way we did (last weekend) we're going to be extremely hard to beat.
"Beating Red Bluff was a huge win for us. For Megan to strike out 11 against them is a huge accomplishment. They've never had that done to them so far this year.
In the previous two years of the tournament, Lassen had posted just three wins.
Lassen enters this week's play after winning 10 of 11 games.
The Grizzlies open Westside League play by hosting Corning today at 4 p.m.