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2C Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Portola softball team toughens up James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.corn Portola's softball team started its season with a few trip-ups, but if last week's results are any indication, the team is right back up on its feet. The Tigers won three of their four games last week to improve their league record to 5-2 and overall record to 10-11-1. At the beginning of the season, in tournament play, Portola went through some growing pains, losing eight and tying one of its 13 games. Those days are over, however. The Tigers started last week April 29 with a doubleheader at Biggs. The Tigers started slow, losing the first game 4-2, but came back to win 6-2 later that afternoon. On May 2, Portola hosted Maxwell and dominated both games, winning 15-5 and 8-4. "They all played great," commented Portola coach Karl Popish on the diversity in the Tigers' roster. "That's why we won, was everyone was on their game." Portola got behind quickly in the first game against Biggs. Toward the end of the game, though, the six seniors on the team started jelling and nearly came back. A couple poorly timed errors halted a comeback. In the second game, the Tigers steadily produced runs to take it no problem. Against Maxwell, Portola shut its opponent down from the get-go in both games. According to Popish, the combination of pitcher Sandra Kibble and catcher Mariah Marsh didn't give ' Maxwell's offense many chances to make plays. Combined with the fantastic hitting of Taylor Prosser and Alli Ramelli, Portola dictated the games' directions. "If they keep playing how they've been playing, there's no reason we can't do as well as any other team in this division come playoffs," continued Popish. "At this point, it's anyone's game." In other Plumas County softball news, Chester had mixed results with one win and one loss, while Quincy lost both of its games for the week. Chester Chester started its week with an 11-4 loss to Redding Portola's Sandra Kibble gets ready to let the ball fly during the Lady Tigers' game against Maxwell last Friday. Portola beat its opponent both games of the doubleheader. Photo by James Wilson Christian on April 29, then took down University Prep 7-4. The Volcanoes hosted both games. The games' results brought the Volcanoes' overall record to 14-7 and their league record to 6-3. The loss to Redding Christian was a disappointing one for the Volcanoes. Redding Christian got three runs in the first inning and one in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Chester battled back to get two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game. The game went into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Redding Christian rallied for seven runs before shutting Chester out for the inning to win the game. "It was a heartbreaker," said Chester coach Shane Branch. "We played well, but some mistakes in the first and last inning just lost it for us. We're still switching things around, putting players in different positions. For the most part, our girls are adjusting well." Rebecca Branch pitched all eight innings for Chester, striking out 14 batters, walking only two and allowing six hits. Fielding errors by Chester allowed Redding Christian to make its runs. Reanna Trujillo led the Volcanoes in batting, driving in two runs with a triple. Antonia Marro and Lanee Hansen both went two for four, and Marro hit a double. Against University Prep, the game was pretty even most of the way through. Chester was up 5-4 in the sixth inning before scoring two more runs for the win. Branch pitched the entire game again, and struck out nine batters. Trujillo had a great day at bat, going four for four and scoring two runs. Kaytlan Hedrick, Zoie Dalby, Lily Kenyon, Marro and Hansen all got RBIs. Quincy The Lady Trojans suffered two losses at Colusa on April 29 that dropped their league record to 4-3 and their overall record to 13-9-1. Quincy lost 6-0 and 8-2. Quincy managed just two hits the first game and only two Quincy batters were walked. The Trojans didn't make that many errors during the game, but were just outplayed. Brooke Potter pitched for the Trojans, and held her own against Colusa's tough team. Potter struck out seven batters. Tanah Braswell and Samantha Keely got Quincy's two hits. The Trojans did a bit better in game two, managing to get six hits in off Colusa's pitcher. Potter and Lynda Nolan both went two for four at bat, and Potter got the team's only RBI. Sara Nolan started on the mound for Quincy, and struck out two batters. Potter closed and also struck out two. First baseman Jasmin Shirman did great defensively, putting out four runners on four chances and making no errors. freaking golf etiquette is OK to speed up play PRO'S CORNER RONNIE THEOBALD So what is ready golf?. Ready golf is a process of allowing players to play out of turn in order to speed up the game. The etiquette of golf states that the person who is farthest away from the green Welcome back to the second installment of the Pro's Corner. Today we are going to address a'pretty serious issue with the game of golf. Pace of play is a hot topic when you speak with anyone involved in the game Let's face it, golf requires a certain amount of time commitment, but it shouldn't require more than 4-1/2 hours. So why does the round take so long? From my personal point of view it is because people have never really slow down a round of golf; just watch any PGA Tour event. It is important to remember that the etiquette of golf is not a rule, but mainly a guideline for how to play the game. Unlike the rules of golf, guidelines can be altered or tailored to better suit your group. In this case, rather than waiting on the golfer who is farthest away to hit his or her shot, the player who is at their ball and ready should break etiquette and hit their shot. This is a simple process, but one that most groups don't follow. This applies to all areas of the game, not just your fairway shots or tee shots, but putting and chipping as well. We all have that one person in our foursome who takes forever to make it to the tee box. In fact, right now while you are reading this article you are thinking about them and how they take forever to get ready! This does not make them bad people to play with, but it does slow down your round: See Ready Golf, page 5C FRC, from page lC himself and Coborn home. The next day, FRC had it more together. Brandon Erickson and Kuhlman both pitched great games. Erickson struck out four batters. Kuhlman relieved Erickson in the eighth inning, and struck out two and allowed three hits. Feather River was ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth when Mission scored a run to tie it up. In the top of the llth, Reynolds hit a double that brought Jordan Desguin and Henry Rondeu- home. Reynolds then stole third, and made it to home plate off an error on Mission's part. FRC hoped to carry that momentum into the final game, but failed to do so. Like the first game, the Eagles had trouble pitching. FRC rotated through four pitchers and allowed 15 hits. At bat, the Eagles only got five hits. With another winning season completed, Baumgartner is looking at next year. He said he plans to recruit more pitchers, while improving the ones he has. In addition, Baumgartner thanks the community and the campus for all its support through the season. 2014 o.,,. 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