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Lay shuts out Kelseyville as RedHawks start season 3-0

Colusa’s Ethan Lay delivers a pitch in the RedHawks 2-0 win over Kelseyville on March 12. He struck out 12 in a complete game shutout of the Knights. (Pioneer Review photo/Jennifer Corriea)

Ethan Lay turned in a dominant complete game performance on the mound last Friday, March 19, propelling the RedHawks to a 2-0 victory over visiting Kelseyville and keeping Colusa unbeaten on the season.

Lay maintained complete control throughout, issuing no walks, while throwing strikes 72 percent of the time to fan 12 batters and scatter four hits, with none coming after the third inning.

Yet more impressively was the way the junior picked up his defense by striking out the side in both the second and the fourth inning after miscues in the field put runners on base.

Kelseyville pitcher Jeremy Brown did his part yielding just six hits and keeping the RedHawks off the board until the bottom of the sixth, but at that point Colusa scratched out two runs thanks to some timely situational hitting and aggressive base running.

With Daniel O’Sullivan on second base and Justin Lee on first, Emanuel Frias, one of Colusa’s hottest hitters, legged out an infield single which was enough to score o’Sullivan for what would prove to be the game winner.

Colusa’s next batter, Blake Kalfsbeek, delivered an insurance run with a sacrifice to center that plated in Lee, who had stolen third to put himself in better scoring position.

Lay had two knocks on the day while O’Sullivan, Luke Kalfsbeek, and Clay Randolph accounted for the RedHawks’ only other hits in the game.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, March 16, Colusa traveled to Middletown for a wild outing that saw them take advantage of nine walks and nine hit batsmen to break the game open by scoring 10 runs over the final two frames to come away with a 13-3 victory.

Frias had a big day at the plate finishing 4 for 5 with a two-run homerun and a double, then got the nod on the hill as well, where he allowed two hits, three earned runs and struck out three in three innings of work.

Also going hard against the Mustangs was Nick Price who ended 2 for 2 with five RBI.

Drew Bradbury went 2 for 3 including an RBI double and put in three innings of relief striking out four and allowing just one hit, while O’Sullivan pitched in with an RBI double.

Colusa (3-0) returned to Lake County on Tuesday to play Clear Lake although results were not available by the Pioneer Review print deadline and will host Middletown on Friday at 4 PM.

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