Lassen aims for second place
The unexpected happened last Tuesday for Lassen High School's softball team. Playing two games in one day, the Grizzlies had their chance for a second consecutive Westside League crown slip away.
After dumping Orland 5-1 on the road, Lassen traveled to Corning and fell 5-4 to the league's worst team.
"It hurts to lose a game like that," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "It's definitely a let down, but you've got to give credit to Corning. They played their best game of the year. We looked past them and they made some incredible plays on defense that they usually don't make."
Ahead 4-1 entering the sixth inning, the Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull off the upset.
In the seventh, Corning's Amy Landingham tripled and later scored the winning run on a fielder's choice.
Lassen scored three times in the first inning. Kate Reichle tripled and had two RBI, and Alma Mesa singled in a run.
Against Orland, Megan Lybarger hurled her third career no-hitter, striking out 10. Danielle Bera went 3-for-4 and Megan Bera swiped four bases and had two RBI.
Lassen's offense erupted against Gridley last Friday, winning 11-4. Lee Robertson, Julia Branch, the Beras and Reichle had two hits.
Danielle Bera is 14-for-23 in league play.
"The girls took out their frustration on Gridley. Hopefully, that type of game will build confidence for the playoffs," Moore said.
The Grizzlies (18-11, 5-2) own second place in the WSL behind Las Plumas at 7-0. Orland stands in third at 4-3. Lassen travels to Oroville today and hosts Las Plumas Thursday, May 2.
Las Plumas beat Lassen earlier this year 2-1, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh. The Grizzlies are in line to capture the No. 2 seed in the Northern Section Division III playoffs. Las Plumas will get the top seed, and Enterprise and West Valley should grab the third and fourth seeds respectively.