College baseball team starts season
A young baseball team started the season just as you would have thought it would. Lassen College opened the year with three losses and a tie last weekend at the Modesto Tournament.
The Cougars were blown out twice by American River, fell to Modesto 3-2 and settled for a 7-7 tie against Chabot.
"Starting the season like this is not too good, but we did things well that I didn't think we would, and didn't do things well that I know we will do well later in the season," Lassen head coach Glen Yonan said. "We're very young. We fielded poorly and pitched shabby at times. But we hit extremely well and executed our offense.
"It's just going to take some time for everyone to get settled and play up to their potential."
Lassen had Chabot beat, but a check-swing hit and solid single tied the score.
Despite the rocky start, Yonan said he was impressed with several individual performances.
Freshman right-hander Nick Debarr did not yield an earned run in five innings of work against Chabot. Freshman Mike Clouatre was overpowering in relief.
Freshman Adam Subia pitched solid against American River and first-year reliever Cody Thompson was effective.
Kyle Tabeek pitched well against Modesto in his first-ever appearance for the Cougars.
Colby Gonzales, Pat Jolley, Eric Newman and Austin Hales led Lassen offensively.
Lassen, which failed to crack the preseason rankings after finishing second in the Golden Valley Conference last year, heads to the Cosumnes River Tournament Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9 in Sacramento.