In preseason baseball action last week, Maxwell hosted their annual tournament where they finished 1-1-1, while Colusa took to the road to compete in Fort Bragg’s Pavioni Rotary Tournament where they went 2-1.
Starting with the Panthers here’s a look at how the tournament action played out:
Biggs 7, Maxwell 4 (3/14)
Maxwell 4, American Christian Academy 2 (3/14)
Maxwell 4, Portola 4 (3/16)
Against Biggs in the tournament opener, Maxwell only allowed the Wolverines five hits, but unfortunately, each was timely, resulting in runs scored and an eventual loss for the Panthers.
Although Maxwell, rallied for three runs in the fifth inning it could get no closer.
Wyatt Hendrix plated two with a single while Tim Kromis recorded the Panthers’ only other hit.
In their second game against American Christian Academy, Maxwell took advantage of an outstanding outing by senior Vincent Ferrara on the hill, as the right hander tossed a complete game scattering seven hits and walking just one.
Ignacio Velazquez led the Panthers finishing 2 for 3 with an RBI as Kromis and Shane Danley each delivered run scoring singles.
On Saturday, in their final contest against the Tigers, Maxwell got a two hit, two RBI effort from Cody Pearson at the plate and a solid six inning performance from Kromis on the mound before he gave way to Hendrix who closed out the last inning.
Maxwell (2-3-1) faced Pierce at home on Tuesday then resumes play on Thursday at the American Christian Academy Tournament.
Colusa 3, St. Bernard’s (Eureka) 2 (3/15)
Colusa 8, Esparto 1 (3/16)
Fort Bragg 10, Colusa 0 (3/16)
After winning their first two games in Fort Bragg, the RedHawks suffered their first loss of the season falling to the host Wolves.
In the opening round, a sixth inning single off the bat of Drew Bradbury plated Blake Steidlmayer who reached on a fielder’s choice to give the RedHawks a narrow victory over St. Bernard’s of Eureka.
It was only the second hit of game for Colusa who got their only other from Leo Guzman.
On the mound, Christian Lyss turned in an impressive performance as he tossed a four hit complete game and did not yield an earned run.
A familiar foe in Esparto awaited Colusa in their contest on Saturday morning where the RedHawks used a six run third inning to put away the Spartans.
Hunter Nobles led the way at the plate going 2 for 3 with an RBI while Bradbury again delivered with a two run single.
Xavier Lopez and Ethan Lay combined to limit the Spartans to five hits and a single run.
The RedHawks suffered a shutout loss in their final game with Bradbury and Cody Free accounting for the only hits.
For their efforts, Bradbury, Lyss and Guzman were named to the all-tournament team.
Now 7-1 on the season, Colusa met Esparto at Raley Field on Tuesday night and are set to play a double header against Central Valley and Arcata in the American Christian Academy tournament on Thursday.