Exactly one year to the day from when the 2020 season ended on March 12, the Colusa RedHawk baseball team returned to the field and took out their frustrations on a visiting Clear Lake team that they hammered 13-1 in a run-rule shortened game.
Senior Drew Bradbury, Colusa’s most consistent performer over the past three years, got the opening day start on the mound and went three strong innings, giving up one hit; one earned run, while striking out three, before yielding to juniors Ethan Lay and Emanuel Frias. They each pitched a clean inning in relief.
Lay mowed down the three batters he faced in the fourth inning in addition to helping out on offense by reaching base and scoring four times, while Frias closed out the final frame striking out two, and had a perfect day at the plate where he went four for four with three RBI.
Making a solid debut for the RedHawks was Woodland transfer Daniel O’Sullivan, a senior, who finished two for three and drove in three runs.
In the 25th “opener” of his career, Coach Eric Lay said this particular game had all the excitement of his very first after what has transpired over the past year.
“It was a tough pill to swallow after starting last season 6-0 and getting the rug pulled out from underneath us. We had a great squad who was going to accomplish some amazing things,” said Lay.
Yet Lay feels that his current team has the potential to do as much, if not more, stating that, “The sky is the limit for this group. We have a great balance from top to bottom on our roster, outstanding pitching depth, and we’re very athletic. What’s even more exciting as a coach is how this group attacks each practice and game as an opportunity to improve and compete.”
Indeed, if last Friday was any indication, the RedHawks are going to be a force to be reckoned with in this very unusual season.
Colusa (1-0) traveled to Middletown on Tuesday, March 16, and will return to host Kelseyville starting at 4 PM Friday afternoon.