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6C Wednesday, March 25, 2015 alls Grog Knight Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com Considering the fact that Chester head baseball coach Aaron Hardesty wanted to end the Volcanoes' league opener against Mercy in five innings, it was a good day for his team as it dispatched the Warriors in six on a 10-0 shutout. The game, which saw pitcher Spencer Lee strike out eight Mercy batters and give up only four hits, was a study in offense and defense for the Vols -- after runs by the first three in the order of Adam Branch, Jason Schlueter and Tristan James, the squad embarked on a massive five-run third inning that sealed the deal early for Chester. Overall, Branch was the powerhouse hitter for the Vols, nailing four RBIs in four appearances at the plate, earning a single and double as well as the run in the first. Branch, along with Spencer Lee and Nick Cancilla, also batted .500 on the day and earned a .500 on-base percentage• In the third, as the bats came alive for the Vols, James started out the scoring push, followed by Lee to up the score to 5-0. After Damon Stephens was caught at third, Nick Cancilla, Matt Blanton and Eddy Perez reached to give Chester an eight-run lead. Going scoreless in the fourth, as Mercy pitcher Richie Borges took out the quartet of James, Lee, Stephens and Cancilla, Hardesty could be heard telling his players to get the game done and over in five innings -- which would happen if they reached the fifth ahead by 10 points• "c'mon boys, lets get go get 'em," Hardesty said. "We can be out of here in five and a half if we do." ulncy It didn't quite turn out like that, however, as Blanton was the only Volcano runner able to score in the fifth and Borges and his outfield were able to retire five other Chester players. After holding Mercy down in the sixth, despite a threat from the No. 6 batter in the lineup as he earned a double, the offense of Chester needed just one more run to end it. That run came in the form of a Cancilla RBI to send Lee home and earn the 10-0 win. The victory gives Chester a 1-0 record in Five-Star League action and a 4-1 record overall. After the game, Lee offered his thoughts on the season so far -- and going forward. "I think we need to get the bats going a little bit more, Chester's Spencer Lee home last week. Photos 4 i : i iiiii!i !i ii?i!¸ Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter throws for the win against Mercy at by Grog Knight but I think defensively we've been doing well. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season with my team." James and Cancilla led the Vols in total defense with a 1.000 fielding percentage off eight and six putouts, respectively• Branch penciled in two putouts with a pair of assists as well. Quincy 8, Chester 7 When it comes to Quincy and Chester meeting on the diamond these days, it seems as if the match-ups are becoming something of a heated rivalry that always comes down to late innings. Last week's game between the Volcanoes and Trojans, played this time in Chester, was no exception; every one of the three games the two squads have played has been determined by a single run, with Chester taking the March 9 game 8-7 in eight innings and Quincy winning the March 12 Los Molinos tournament game against the Vols on a 3-2 final, which took until the fifth to solidify. With that history in mind, both teams came in looking to battle. Quincy did so more effectively, taking the 8-7 win after first leading the Vols four runs to none in the first three innings and then trailing 6-4 midway through the game. After Brendan Murray and Cody Morrison managed to get on base in the first, a two-RBI double from Chase McDonald sent the duo home and gave Quincy a two-run lead. Both Drew Baumgartner and Erik Schwartz were able to tack on two additional runs in the second, with Schwartz dialing in Baumgartner on a double before reaching himself on a double by Murray• And then there was Chester's offense and defense to contend with. Quincy second baseman Cody Morrison (No. 11) gets the out he was looking for against Chester's Adam Branch last week. The Trojans edged past the Volcanoes, 8-7. For four innings the Volcano fielders and pitcher Spencer Lee held the Trojans runless, with Nick Cancilla and Tristan James leading putouts with eight and six apiece, respectively. The Vols were especially fond of the double play as well, with Cancilla nailing down two and James and Jason Schlueter each penciling in one. Down by four runs, Hardesty must have said something right in the dugout. With Matt Blanton as the lead-off batter to start the bottom of the fourth, he was sent home along with Caleb Sylvester and Eddy Perez off RBIs from Adam Branch and Schlueter. In the fifth, after a sizeable fielding error by Quincy, the trio of Schlueter, Blanton and Sylvester were able to score runs and take a 6-4 tally. The seventh inning proved pivotal for Quincy as Eric Wolfe, Schwartz, Murray and Morrison also reached, giving the Trojans an 8-7 lead. Volcano shortstop Damon Stephens led off the attempt to win or tie the game as he scored in the bottom of the seventh off a Blanton RBI, but the pitching of Quincy closer Brendan Murray and the work of the fielders for Quincy secured the win and gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead in the 2015 meetings of the two teams. After the game, Quincy head coach Randy Kelsch said playing like your team is a band of brothers is what i helped them get the win. "We've been in some close games this year and, in fact, most of them have been real close," Kelsch said. "All I have asked from them is play like family, take care of each other and never quit on each other• Just battle until it's over, which is what we did today•" Tyler Hartline, a senior and catcher for the Trojans, added that he knew what allowed the Vols to come back starting in the fourth, as well as commenting on the season going forward. "Errors ... it was errors on top of errors on top of more errors," Hartline said. "Our mistakes compounded and when you do that, your head gets out of the game. Luckily, we were able to get back in it and take the win. As to the rest of the season, I see us coming together as a family 'i¸ and being a lot better than last year, where we had hitting :iii i ability but not the bond we ~ : .'. • ,, i have seen so far th:s season. Defensive and pitching stats "'" for Quincy were not available by press time. The win gives Quincy a 5-1 , record overall with Chester ...... • " n ' droppmg to 4-2. The Troja s : :• : next home game will be .. 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