Although school ended last month, it didn’t put an in to baseball in Colusa County as the Tri-Counties Cats took part in their second tournament of their month long summer season playing in Sutter’s Summer Classic which ran June 5-9.
The Cats, which are comprised of players from Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties lost 7-2 in the opener against the Best Speed Hornets, but rebounded to win three in a row edging Yuba City 6-5, blowing out Gridley 10-0 and then doubling up the Chico Suns Grey 8-4.
Against the Hornets in the first game of a double header on June 5, the Cats managed just four hits, including one off the bat of Colusa’s Justin Lee.
In their second game of the day, the Cats scored a walk off win in the eighth inning behind a perfect 4-4 performance by Drew Bradbury at the plate.
Emanuel Frias went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Lee and Ethan Lay each drove in a run. On the mound, Frias went six strong innings striking out four and yielding three hits before giving way to Lay who closed out the final two frames.
Last Thursday, the Cats had no trouble with Gridley, downing the Bulldogs in a run rule shortened affair.
Lee continued to swing a hot bat breaking the game open in the third inning with a two run single that plated Frias and Nick Price to give the Cats a 5-0 advantage.
Bradbury and Frias each contributed RBI singles in the win.
To round out tournament play, the Cats took care of the Chico Suns Grey with Lay taking the hill for the final three and two-thirds innings where he recorded five strikeouts.
The Cats (5-3) next play Thursday in Sutter when they take on Chico in a nine inning game in Sutter.