Time is now
The time is now for Lassen College's baseball team. Fighting to stave off playoff elimination for the first time in 14 years, the Cougars face a critical doubleheader this Saturday.
Lassen (12-11 in the Golden Valley Conference) needs to sweep College of the Redwoods in a noon doubleheader at Susanville's Memorial Park.
"It's big to say the least," Lassen head coach Glen Yonan said. "We need these two games and to get help from Shasta to make the playoffs."
Lassen stands a game behind Butte, which is in second place. If the Cougars sweep Redwoods, and Butte drops one game to the Knights, Lassen makes the postseason.
Feather River has clinched the GVC title for the second straight year.
The Cougars dropped two of three games to Butte last weekend, losing the first game 2-1 on Friday, winning the first game of Saturday's doubleheader 5-4 and falling 9-5 in the twinbill finale.
In the win, Lassen came back from a 4-0 deficit behind David Bates' four RBI and two-run home run.
Adam Subia pitched a chunk of scoreless innings of relief and Mike Warmbrodt was called on for the save.
Tempers flared in the final game of the doubleheader. Yonan was tossed in the sixth, and assistant coaches Scott Dwyer and Cort Cortez were ejected in the seventh.
"The umpiring was terrible. It was a shame. Our kids work too hard to put up with this," Yonan said.
Yonan is part of a group working to replace the umpiring association that governs the GVC, and suspicions of retaliation are there.
"We and Butte are rivals, and tempers tend to flair, but you've got to wonder about some of the calls that were made," Yonan said.
Yonan said his players have worked hard throughout the season, but haven't been able to "close out" games.
"We've lost 18 of 23 games by one run, or they have been decided in the eighth or ninth inning," he said. "We still have a chance (to make the postseason) and we need to take advantage of it."
If Lassen makes the playoffs, it will play a three-game series on the road.