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Bradbury named MVP as RedHawks triumph at Sutter Spring Classic

Colusa’s Drew Bradbury, shown in a photo from last month, was named the MVP of the Sutter Spring Classic tournament played from April 5-7. Bradbury pitched a shutout against Pleasant Valley and hit a grand slam against Gridley. (Pioneer Review photo/Jennifer Corriea)

Taking its unblemished 7-0 record into last week’s Sutter Spring Classic, the Colusa RedHawk baseball team extended its win streak to 10 games as they defeated Pleasant Valley, Pierce and Gridley to win the tournament, which ran from April 5-7

While numerous RedHawks made contributions over the three games, the most notable was the play of senior Drew Bradbury, the tournament MVP, who delivered with his arm as well as his bat.

In the opener against an always tough PV squad, the lefty got the nod on the mound where he needed just 94 pitches to record the complete-game shutout of the Vikings in which he struck out 10 while yielding just three hits and one walk.

Bradbury also got his bat going in the finale against Gridley, another of the Mid-Valley’s most competitive teams, where he launched a second inning grand slam as part of his 2 for 4, 4 RBI day.

After the tournament Colusa coach Eric Lay had this to say about Bradbury’s effort, “Drew threw the best I’ve ever seen him throw. He was spot on and then also broke out of his slump with the grand slam against Gridley.”

With Bradbury setting the tone in the PV game, the RedHawks, despite getting just four total hits, kept grinding and pulled off the 4-0 win as they scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Nick Price finished 2-3 while Emanuel Frias doubled and Ethan Lay picked up the only other hit in a game where Colusa capitalized on Viking miscues.

Against Pierce on April 6, the RedHawks got four solid innings on the mound from Tyler Oliver where he allowed just one hit and no earned runs before giving way to Mason Saso, who closed out the 15-4 run-rule shortened game in the fifth.

It was a sloppy contest in that the two teams committed a combined 13 errors, but the RedHawk bats still pounded out seven hits, with two coming off the bat of Blake Kalfsbeek.

Frias, along with Clay Randolph each collected a hit and drove in three runs with Lay and Luke Kalfsbeek accounting for Colusa’s other two hits.

Facing Gridley, the only other unbeaten team in the tournament on April 7, the RedHawks again got strong pitching, this time from Frias who went four innings fanning four while giving up two hits and one run before relinquishing the hill to Lay who went the final two.

In the 11-1 win over the Bulldogs, in addition to Bradbury’s contribution at the plate, Frias helped his cause finishing 2 for 3 with two RBIs while Luke Kalfsbeek also drove in a run as part of his 2 for 3 days.

At the tournament’s conclusion, Frias, Lay, Price, and Daniel O’Sullivan were named to the all-tournament team.

Colusa (10-0) was busy this week hosting Willows on Monday and Maxwell on Wednesday before hitting the road to face Woodland Christian on Friday.


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