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RedHawk baseball stays unbeaten

Colusa third baseman Justin Lee (left) gives encouragement to pitcher Emanuel Frias prior to the start of the RedHawks game against Middletown on March 26. Frias pitched a complete game and hit a three-run homerun in the 5-3 win.

It was a busy but successful week for the Colusa RedHawk baseball team, as they posted wins over Clear Lake, Middletown, and Lower Lake.

Starting off in Clearlake last Tuesday, March 23, the RedHawks needed a two-out rally and an extra frame to come away with the 7-5 victory, after the Cardinals tied the game in the home half of the sixth.

Despite not getting a hit in the top of the eighth, Colusa was able to put two runs on the board by capitalizing on the Cardinals’ mistakes.

Blake Kalfsbeek was hit by a pitch to account for the game-winner, before the next batter, Tyler Moss, walked to tack on an insurance run.

In the win, the RedHawks were buoyed by Drew Bradbury on the mound, after the senior entered in the second inning and finished the game, going seven strong innings, striking out nine batters, and yielding just two earned runs to earn praise from his coach Eric Lay.
“Drew settled us down and pumped strikes like he always does and seemed to get better as the game wore on,” said Lay, who was also pleased with the approach his team was taking at the plate to wear down opposing pitchers.

Colusa followed up with another close contest on Friday, March 26, when they edged visiting Middletown 5-3, despite garnering just two hits.

Junior Emanuel Frias powered the RedHawks, delivering a game-winning three-run home run in the fifth inning, in addition to tossing a complete seven-inning game where he surrendered just five hits and three earned runs while striking out seven.

Clay Randolph picked up the only other hit in the game that saw Colusa exploit the eight free passes they were issued by Mustang pitching.

To round out the week, the RedHawks proved ungracious hosts to the Lower Lake Trojans, on Saturday morning, as they used a five-run first inning to take control of the game and propel themselves to a 7-1 win.

Once again, Colusa capitalized on errors and inconsistent pitching, then got timely hits to put a crooked number on the board.

Randolph finished with an RBI double, while Luke Kalfsbeek, Daniel O’Sullivan, Justin Lee, and Tyler Oliver each collected hits.

On the hill, Ethan Lay started the game, went two innings, and struck out six. Oliver followed, recording three strikeouts and allowing one hit and one run before giving way to Luke Kalfsbeek, who closed out the final two innings fanning six in the process.

Now 6-0 on the season, the RedHawks were scheduled to be in Kelseyville on Monday, Maxwell on Tuesday, and Gridley on Wednesday to conclude their week.

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