The Colusa RedHawks baseball team saw their season come to an end on Monday, losing 8-7 in their Northern Section semi-final match-up against Mt. Shasta.
The Bears scattered 11 hits in the contest – nine in the first two innings – to down the RedHawks. Freshman Drew Bradbury started the game and took the loss for Colusa, pitching one inning before giving way to Raymond Frias. Frias pitched six innings in relief, and after allowing three hits and as many runs in the second inning – including a home run against Myles Deloen – he limited Mt. Shasta to just two hits and no runs for the balance of the game, while striking out six.
The RedHawks struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Christian Lyss batted in Raymond Frias, but Mt. Shasta wasted no time in regaining the lead in the bottom half of the inning. The Bears plated a total of five runs in their first frame and never trailed after that, scoring three more in the second to jump out to an 8-1 lead.
The RedHawks rallied in the third inning, getting some help from the Mt. Shasta defense and starting pitcher Ian Allen. With one down, Keith Chavez reached on an error, and Allen proceeded to walk Frias on four pitches. Blake Steidlmayer grounded into a fielder’s choice, and Mt. Shasta forced Chavez out at third base, but Christian Lyss followed up by loading the bases with a single. Allen surrendered one run when he hit Ethan Rakela with a pitch, and Cody Free hit a two-run single the following at-bat to score Steidlmayer and Lyss.
Rakela was caught running at third base, but Colusa had closed the gap to 8-4.
Frias retired the Bears in order, striking two batters out in the bottom of the second inning, before the RedHawks went back to work at the plate. With one down, Drew Bradbury singled to left field, and Allen issued four-pitch walks to Leo Guzman and Keith Chavez to load the bases. After Frias struck out for the second out of the inning, Allen walked in a run and surrendered a two-run single to Lyss, bringing Colusa within one.
The RedHawks had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings but were unable to score the game-tying run, eventually falling 8-7.
Lyss’s two hits and three runs batted in were team highs for Colusa. Cody Free finished 1-for-3 with 2 RBI’s.
Colusa finished the season 22-10.
Colusa 17, East Nicolaus 8
In Friday’s quarterfinal game against East Nicolaus, the RedHawks buried the visiting Spartans 17-8 in seven innings. Guzman led the charge at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI. Blake Steidlmayer plated four runs, and Frias and Lyss had three RBI’s apiece to push the RedHawks to the victory. Bradbury, Frias, and Lyss each saw time on the mound, allowing a total of 10 hits between them.■