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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 26, 2010 lC SPORTS AND RECREATION Portola pitcher Jarrod Fleisher earned the win in the Tigers' semifinal game May 18. Photos by Shannon Morrow Harley Sears sees a pitch he likes during Portola's 10-6 semi final victory against Biggs. Kyle Heskett sprints for third base. Heskett hit two triples and scored two runs in Portola's second playoff win. Portola Tigers advance to Northern Section title game Shannon Morrow Sports Editor The Portola High School baseball team took second place in the Northern Sec- tion Division IV baseball playoffs, after falling 8-4 in the title game against East Nicolaus last Saturday, May 22, at Shasta CoUege in Red- ding. The game started out rough for the Portola Tigers, as East Nicolaus scored five runs in the top of the first in- ning. Portola earned one run in the bottom of the fifth in- ning, and East Nicolaus added one run in the top of the second to take a 6-1 lead. From there, the Tigers held East Nicolaus scoreless through the next three in- nings, while claiming three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut East Nicolaus' lead to 6-4. East Nicolaus finished out the scoring with two runs in the top of the sixth. Portola advanced to the championship game by de- feating Biggs 10-6 in the semi- finals May 18 in Portola. With bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Dillon Soares connected with a full-count pitch and snuck a grounder between the third baseman and shortstop for one RBI, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. After the second and third innings went scoreless, Por- tola extended its lead to 3-0 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Biggs got on the board with two runs in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2, but the Tigers answered back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and four runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 10-2. Biggs attempted a rally with four runs in the seventh frame, but Portola eventually closed the inning to preserve the win. Portola pitcher Jarrod Fleisher earned the win by going four and one.third in- nings against 19 batters, giv- ing up no hits and one earned run. Soares and Clinton Morris closed out the pitching for the Tigers. Soares led Portola's offense with four hits, three RBIs, two runs and a triple. Hes- kett earned two hits, both of which went for triples, and scored two runs. Billy Broad, Piero Selvag- gio and Les Carr each regis- tered one hit and one RBI. Klint Williams and Rickey Lowdermilk each added one RBI. After going undefeated in the Feather River League to win the league title, the Por- tola Tigers completed their season with an overall record of 21-9. Quincy senior Kd Drybread slings the ball toward home plate. Photos by Shannon Morrow Taylor Morrison, right, is embraced by Rachel Hatzell after catching a deep fly ball for Quincy. The Quincy Trojans advanced to the Northern Section championship after defeating top-seeded Sierra Keely shelters herself Hamilton 6-4 in the semifinals, May 20. from hail in Etna. Quincy reaches section championship Shannon Morrow Sports Editor After winning their open- ing playoff game against Co- lusa 2-0, the Quincy Trojans softball team went on to up- set top-seeded Hamilton 6-4 in semifinals Thursday, May 20. This advanced Quincy to the Northern Section cham- pionship game last Saturday in Etna, where the Trojans lost 4-3 to the Etna Lions, who won their second straight Division V champi- onship. A good number of Quincy fans made the 263-mile drive to Etna, where cold weather and hail storms kept most spectators bundled up in jackets. Facing Etna's star pitcher, Paige Finley, the Trojans' offense got off to a slow start by going three up, three out in the first two innings. In the bottom of the first inning, Finley hit a one-RBl triple to score one run for Etna. After the second inning went scoreless, Sierra Keely got Quincy's first hit of the game in the third inning, but she remained stranded on first base. Etna added one run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. In that same inning, Etna tried sending a runner home, but Quincy made the throw to home plate, leading to a huge collision between the base runner and Quincy catcher Katie Barnes, who held onto the ball for the out. The Trojans got out of the third inning when Taylor Morrison ran down a deep fly ball to right field for out number three. The fourth inning went scoreless, when Quincy caught an Etna runner try- ing to steal third base for out number three. Quincy sophomore Sarah McKenzie led off the fifth inning with a single, but then got caught stealing second for out number three. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Etna got a runner to third base on a Quincy error, and then she was hit home, giving Etna a 3-0 lead, Quincy went three up, three out in the sixth in- ning, but also held Etna scoreless. After not having scored through the first six in- nings, the Trojans had three outs to score three runs in the seventh inning to stay alive. Drybread led off with a single, and then Camille Hernandez followed with a single to bring the tying run to the plate. After one out, McKenzie connected with a double to score Quincy's first run and put runners on second and third base. Jennifer Wolfe then stepped to the plate and hit a hard line drive up the mid- dle to score two more runs and tie the game 3-3. In the bottom of the sev- enth, Drybread struck out Etna's first batter, but then two hits and an error put runners on second and third. This brought up Finley, who had batted 3-for-3 for the Lions. Quincy decide to walk her, but Finley reached out for a pitch and got her fourth hit of the day, bringing home the winning run. Quincy finished with six hits and four errors, while Etna totaled 10 hits and one error. Drybread pitched a com- plete game for Quincy, al- lowing three earned runs against 30 batters and strik. ing out three. On offense, McKenzie to- taled two hits, one run and one RBI for Quincy, while Drybread registered two hits and one run. Quincy reached the title game by defeating toi)-seed- ed Hamilton 6-4 at Hamilton, May 20. "This is a special team," said Quincy coach Bob Hatzell. "They're doing everything right." Drybread again pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and two earned runs against 31 batters, with four strikeouts. Quincy's offense was led by Rachel Hatzell and Barnes, with two hits apiece. Hatzell recorded two RBIs and a double, while Barnes registered two hits and one run. Kimmy Bloom delivered one hit, one run, two RBIs and a double. Sebray Gos- sett claimed one hit, one run and one RBI. Hernandez added one hit. In Quincy's opening play- off win at home against Co- lusa May 18, Drybread earned the win by pitching a complete game shutout, with three hits and four strikeouts. Hatzell posted Quincy's only hit of the day with a one-RBI double, and she also scored one run. Bloom scored the Trojans' one oth- er Pun. Quincy finished its season with an overall record of 19- 5, as the Feather River League champions and as runners up in the Division V Northern Section.