In varsity baseball last week, Colusa extended its win streak to five games and remained perfect in league while Maxwell split a double-header at home and both Pierce and Williams went down to defeat.
Colusa 14 – Pierce 3, 5 in. (4/9)
Colusa 10 – Woodland Christian 2 (4/10)
Colusa 17 – Pierce 0, 5 in. (4/12)
While the RedHawks took a pair of Sacramento Valley League games from county rival Pierce to start and end the week, it was its match up with Woodland Christian last Wednesday that proved to be most competitive.
Two freshmen led the way for Colusa on April 9 against the Bears as Justin Lee finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Ethan Lay smashed a two run double.
Cody Free also doubled to drive in a pair of runs for the RedHawks.
In the series finale on April 12, Blake Steidlmayer and Christian Lyss were both perfect at the plate with Steidlmayer going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Lyss belting a triple as part of a 2-for-2 with three RBIs day.
Drew Bradbury drove in three runs and ended 2-for-3 with a double while Rafael Manjarrez also picked up a pair of hits and drove in a run.
Bright spots for the struggling Bears included Cole Stassi launching a two run and Matthew Tapia finishing 2-for-3 and knocking in Pierce’s only other run.
In nonconference action on April 10, the game remained tied after four frames, but the RedHawks struck for three runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth to down the visiting Cardinals.
Bradbury had another strong outing on the mound striking out four and needing just 84 pitches to earn the win in addition to helping his own cause by picking up three hits in four trips to the plate.
The left hander’s performance on the mound so far this season has been impressive as he’s held opponents to a .163 batting average with a minuscule .94 ERA and recorded 35 strikeouts, all of which Colusa coach Eric Lay attributes to the sophomore’s work ethic.
“Drew’s performance this year directly correlates to the way he practices. He’s one of our hardest workers and competes every time he steps on the field, whether in practice or a game,” Lay said.
Yet to get the win, Bradbury needed run support, which his RedHawk teammates provided in earnest as Lyss finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Clayton Angus drove in three more as part of a 2-for-4 day.
Leo Guzman also went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for Colusa.
Both the RedHawks (17-4, 4-0) and the Bears (1-13, 0-6) began play on Tuesday in the Sutter Spring Classic which runs Tuesday through Thursday.
Quincy 10 – Maxwell 6 (4/12)
Maxwell 5 – Quincy 4
After a loss in the early game, the Panthers bounced back in the night cap to salvage a split with the visiting Trojans in Mountain Valley League play.
Top hitters for the Panthers in the loss included Shane Danley who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Nick Azevedo with a double that drove in three runs and Vincent Ferrara who singled and plated two runs.
Ferrara took to the hill in the second game and turned in a solid six inning performance in which he conceded just three hits and one earned run while striking out four before giving way to Danley, who earned the save after closing out the Trojans in the final frame.
Cody Pearson contributed at the plate going 2-for-3 with an RBI as did Ferrara who posted an identical stat line.
Maxwell (9-9-1, 3-3) now has two weeks off before resuming MTVL action at home against Biggs on April 30.
Durham 24 – Williams 1 (4/10)
Durham 33 – Williams 0 (4/12)
The Yellowjackets struggled mightily last week in two Mid-Valley League games with unbeaten Durham.
Hunter Povlsen, Esteban Tinoco and Raymond Duran each recorded hits while Mo Hernandez drove in the ‘Jackets’ only run.
No statistics were provided for last Friday’s game.
Williams (0-10, 0-6) played in Hamilton City on Tuesday and then takes a break until May 1 when they travel to Trowbridge to face East Nicolaus.