The Amercian Christian Academy Invitational Baseball Tournament was held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the Field of Dreams in Redding. Two county teams, Colusa RedHawks and Maxwell Panthers, made the trip, each claiming two wins.
On Thursday, the Redhawks struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Arcata. A single by Colusa’s Christian Lyss in the first inning seemed to be a bright spot for the Redhawks offense, but on defense Lyss surrendered six runs on six hits in the third and fourth innings, striking out one and walking one. Despite hits by Lyss, Blake Steidlmayer, and Drew Bradbury, Arcata shut Colusa out with a 6-0 final score.
Second game play ensued with Colusa taking on Etna. Both offenses were strong at the plate as Colusa scored six runs in the second inning. Lyss, Steidlmayer, Cole Simmons, and Justin Lee all contributed to the inning, driving in runs in the frame. A scare by Etna’s offense in the sixth brought on six runs by the Lions, but the Redhawks defense persevered and captured a 10-7 victory.
Colusa’s last and final game of the tournament was against the Ferndale Wildcats. Steidlmayer was the first to claim a base with a walk by Ferndale’s pitcher. Bradbury and Cody Free followed suit, loading the bases by walks, when Lyss singled on a hard grounder to left field for a 2-0 RedHawk lead. Colusa went on to take several more walks and hits by pitches from Ferndale, before shutting out the Wildcats with a 14-0 final score.
The Panthers first match-up last Thursday was against Mercy. Vincent Ferrera and Wyatt Hendrix took to the mound for Maxwell, only giving up four hits between the two.
On defense, the Panthers were unstoppable with key plays by Hendrix, and a flyout at centerfield turned double play to Timmy Kromis at first, ending the inning. A team effort on offense wrapped up game play with a 10-3 Panther win.
Maxwell’s next match-up would bring Los Molinos to the field. A tight score in the first four innings broke at the top of the fifth with a one run lead by Maxwell, 5-4. But the clock worked against Maxwell as Los Molinos ended the inning scoring two runs on the Panthers’ offense and grabbing a 6-5 win. Kromis pitched a full seven innings, giving up seven hits, four strike-outs, and two walks.
With a 1-1 tournament record, Maxwell faced hosts American Christian Academy last Friday. ACA’s pitcher struck out 12 Panther batters, allowing only three hits from Maxwell’s offense. Defensive play was strong by the Panthers but the lack of offense kept Maxwell scoreless with a 5-0 loss to ACA.
Final play last Saturday had the Panthers facing the Chester Volcanos. Kromis’ double on the first pitch of the game set the pace for the Panther offense, scoring four runs in the first inning. Panthers went on to take a 7-0 advantage against the Volcanos but gave up seven runs to Chester’s offense in the third. Determined, the Panthers set out on a scoring spree, scoring eight runs over the next two innings and claiming the victory, 15-7. Kromis went 4 for 4 and added four runs to the win, and Shane Danley went 3 for 4, crossing home plate three times increasing the score. ■