Cougars sweep Butte
Lassen College's baseball team jumped back in the race for the Golden Valley Conference title with a doubleheader sweep of Butte Saturday, March 23 at Memorial Park in Susanville. The Cougars (10-14-2) survived a 15-inning battle with a 1-0 win and held off the Roadrunners in the second game 2-1.
"We really needed those two wins," Lassen head coach Glen Yonan said. "It's not often you score three runs and win a doubleheader."
Lassen starting pitcher Nick DeBarr pitched an awesome first game, to say the least. The freshman fanned 16 in 9-1/3 scoreless innings, yielding just two hits and a walk in one of the greatest pitching performances in a Cougar uniform.
"He pitched a great game. A clutch game. Obviously we had great pitching all around. We needed it. We hit the ball well, but couldn't get guys across the plate," Yonan said.
Mike Warmbrodt was called on in the 12th inning and pitched three strong innings. Dan Hester threw the 15th and got the win.
The winning run was scored by Lassen High School's Jarred Deutsch. He reached base on an error and scored on a bunt single by Justin Newman.
Colby Gonzales singled five times in seven at-bats to lead the Cougars.
Butte mustered just four hits and only two until the 14th inning.
In the second game, Lassen's Austin Hales set the tone for the game, launching a solo-home run over the left-center field fence in the first inning.
The 1-0 lead held until the fourth inning when Newman reached base on an error and later scored on the second error of the inning.
Butte scored once in the seventh and had runners at first and third, but Lassen's Mike Clouatre stepped in to get the save.
Kyle Tabeek started the game and went 4-1/3 innings.
"He didn't have his best stuff, but he competed hard and did well," Yonan said. "Those are the types of performances we need to get back in this race."
Gonzales got another hit and went 6-for-10 in the two games.
Butte pitcher Shawn McDeavitt went the distance.
"This was a doubleheader that can change a season. I think the guys developed character this week. They made me proud how they handled the pressure of a close game and responded the way they did. We've lost a lot of close games this year, but they didn't let these two get away," Yonan said after the game.
The Cougars hit the road this week, heading to College of the Redwoods this weekend for a three-game series. Lassen then battles Feather River in Quincy on Saturday, April 6.
"This is a big stretch for us. I hope we respond like we did against Butte," Yonan said.
Lassen was scheduled to play Butte last Friday, but the game was called due to weather. A reschedule date was not determined at press time.