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Bulletin, RecorO, Progressive, Reporter  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 lC Chester halts Quincy', comeback James Wilson Sports Editor Chester's baseball team hostett the Trojans on March 20 for an 8-4 Volcanoes win. The Volcanoes had the game in the bag, but Quincy started to come back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chester halted the Trojans' progress to ensure the win. Hunter Morris led Chester's pitching with four strikeouts. Quincy started Tyler Hartline on the mound and closed the game with Jake Wallace pitching. Combined, the two pitchers struck out five Chester batters. Chester's Cole Conner led his team in batting with two hits that resulted in three RBIs. Conner also crossed home plate twice. Chester was up 8-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. Erik Schwartz started the four-run rally with an RBI that brought Wallace home from third. The four runs weren't enough for the Trojans, however. The next day, Chester traveled to Mercy for a night game. Chester rallied for 12 runs while blanking Mercy to end the game in the fifth inning. Spencer Lee pitched for the Volcanoes, striking out 12 Mercy batters with no errors. Nearly everyone on Chester's roster saw action. Jason Schlueter led at the plate with two hits, which resulted in two RBIs and two runs. Morris and Damon Stephens led in runs with three apiece. The two wins came as a relief for Chester, which had lost its three previous games. "I'm confident we'll be where we want to be at the end of the season," commented Chester coach Terry Hernandez. "We did the same thing last year. Now, we're hitting more and our pitching is looking better." In other baseball news from the county, Portola competed at the Maxwell tournament and Greenville started its season with three losses. Portola Portola competed at the Maxwell tournament March 21 - 22 and got off to a good start. The Tigers dominated their first game against Modoc to win 5-1. The next day, however, Portola lost its wind along with two in a row. Portola started the day with a brutal 16-1 loss to Fall River. Right after that, the Tigers took on hosting-team Maxwell for a 9-1 loss. According to Portola coach Tim Brubaker, "Evan Leal pitched a really good game against Modoc and Connor Kennedy hit the ball well all weekend." Greenville Due to weather and other unfavorable conditions, the Indians didn't start their season until March 18, with an away game against Princeton. Greenville scored two runs in the first inning, but was shut out after that. Princeton quickly ran up 15 runs by the fourth quarter to end the game early. On March 22, Greenville traveled to Biggs for a doubleheader and lost both games. The Indians took a 13-3 mercy loss in the first game and an 8-1 loss in the second game. The ball gets to Chester's Spencer Lee a little too late as Quincy's Tyler Hartline crosses first base during the two teams' game March 20. Chester won 8-4; Quincy defeated the Volcanoes earlier in the season. Photo by James Wilson SP {:)RT S I00LIE:C:RE V]?] ()N N ON'C=i:F;F GTH Feather River College's Eli Putnam rounds third during the Eagles' second game of a three-game series against Butte last weekend. FRC won two out of three to lead the conference. Photo by James Wilson Eagles hold top spot in conference James Wilson Sports Editor The Feather River College baseball team took on Butte College in a three-game series last weekend and held on to its top spot in the Golden Valley Conference by winning two of the games. Going into the series, the Eagles' standings were about equal with their rival Butte. FRC dominated the first game at Butte on March 21 with 10-1 victory. The next See FRC, page 2C Trail oppor'Lunities ab00)und Non-m, torist trail risers flock to n system :m: E dWi itl: n The recently improved Spanish Traverse Trail, part of the recently opened South Park Trail System, offers this view of American Valley. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship completed construction work on the trail system March 22. The trails are located just a handful of miles outside Quincy and offer users breathtaking views. Photo by James Wilson Trail users in Plumas County let out a sigh of relief last weekend -- not to mention some deep breaths. The nonmotorized portion of the South Park/Mount Hough Trail System was completed last Saturday thanks to the help of several '" iocal volunteers who spent their weekend building and finishing trails outside Quincy. The trail project, which allows outdoor opportunities for multiple trail users, has been in the works for years now. The environmental analysis for the trails was completed in August 2013, and work began on the system last month. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship partnered with the Plumas National Forest through a cost-share agreement, which provided local manpower to leverage the allocated funds. According to SBTS Trail Programs Director Tara Stone, more than 200 volunteers pitched in close to 1,300 hours of work on the trail since last September. The stewardship mainly attracted the volunteers through several workdays. The stewardship, with volunteer help, widened trails to at least 18 inches of tread, cleared areas above See Southpark, page 6C I Lady Vc, lcano{00s hit tk00eir stri, e e, rly in season Players on Chester's softball team smile for a reason; they're unstoppable. The young team, without a single senior on the roster, is surprising everyone this season with one win after another. Photo by Shane Branch James Wilson Sports Editor The Lady Volcanoes are in it to win it this season. The interesting aspect of this is that no one saw it coming. Chester started its season with a fresh team, made up mostly of new blood. The team is comprised of juniors, sophomores and freshmen, with no seniors on the roster. Last year, Chester lost six seniors, who got most of the play. Despite their freshness, the Volcanoes have been on a roll with a 6-2 record thus far. Chester played in two tournaments this season and rose to the top in both. "We got offto a good start," commented Chester coach Shane Branch. "Honestly, I was kind of surprised at how well these girls are doing. I'm still wrapping my head around it. They're just jelling so well." The Lady Volcanoes started their season March 7 at the Los Molinos tournament and placed second. Chester beat Los Molinos and Burney, but lost to Redding Christian. Chester then won the tournament at Liberty Christian on March 13 - 15. The Volcanoes went 3-0 against Mercy, Burney and Hayfork. This was the first time in three years Chester beat Hayfork, with a 6-5 victory. On March 18, Chester finished off Los Molinos 6-4, but lost at Mercy 6-5 three days later. At the helm of the Volcanoes' ship is pitcher Rebecca Branch, who has struck out 70 batters in the last eight games. Branch is pitching with a 1.45 ERA and batting with a .640 average. Two other girls on the team are batting at .500 or above: Allison House at .531 and Kaytlan Hedrick at .500. Lanee Hansen is adding to the team's average with a .476 batting average. Branch also attributed the team's success to the defensive play of catcher Theresa Miller. In other news involving Plumas County's high school softball teams, Quincy and Portola competed in two tournaments apiece with varying results. Greenville has yet to start its season. Quincy The Lady Trojans made their way to the Anderson tournament the weekend of March 14 and to the Hamilton tournament last weekend. Quincy placed See Softball, page 2C