College of the Siskiyous needs to win its final two games against Butte and Feather River April 25 in Quincy to earn a spot in the postseason.
The 2013 College of the Siskiyous baseball team is 18 innings away from doing what few Eagle baseball have ever done – qualifying for the postseason.
After splitting Golden Valley Conference doubleheaders last Wednesday at Lassen and Saturday at home against Feather River, the Eagles are 11-9 and alone in second place with two games to play Thursday in Quincy.
They need to beat both Butte (10-10) and Feather River (15-5) to get into the playoffs.
Dixon Marble pitched a 5-hit shutout in Saturday's second game, a 3-0 win over Feather River.
The Eagles lost Saturday's opener, 5-3, but have won 3 of 5 games against Feather River this season, while the rest of the conference has won 2 of 14 against the GVC's top team.
Marble, who also pitched a complete game in a 2-0 loss at Lassen last week, is scheduled to start Thursday's first game against Butte.
Coach Billy Hefflinger praised Marble's work on the mound and praised the team as a whole for its ability to find ways to win.
Siskiyous trailed Lassen, 5-3 after 7 innings in last week's second game in Susanville, but scored 1 run in the top of the 8th and 2 in the top of the 9th to win it, 6-5.
"That's the fourth week in a row we came back from a deficit in the 9th," said Hefflinger. "They are team wins. Everybody is playing well and doing everything we can do keep this alive."
He said the Eagle players are excited about having an opportunity to become what he believes would be only the fourth COS baseball team to make the playoffs in the history of the school.
"We've had to win for the last month, so going in to Thursday isn't any more pressure," Hefflinger said. "There's no extra pressure. We just need to keep playing... It's great to be in this position. They really believe they're going to do this."
Marble struck out 7 and walked just 1 in the 3-0 win over Feather River Saturday.
Dalton Iveans and Troy Watson both singled and drove in one run each, and Greg McKinney doubled and scored a run.
Watson, filling in for injured outfielder Kevin Deely, "has done a really good job. He's covered a lot of ground in center field," Hefflinger said.
In a 5-3 loss to Feather River, the Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the 8th to get within a run at 4-3, but couldn't pull it out.
McKinney, Noah Miller, and Cade Capener all singled and drove in a run. Marquise Hall, Watson and Rory Petersen all singled and scored.
The Eagles had 14 hits in their 6-5 win at Lassen, 5 of them doubles.
McKinney went 3 for 6 with a double and RBI; Jesse Wantland was 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI; Hall was 2 for 5 with a double; Iveans was 2 for 5; Eduardo Martinez was 2 for 4 with a double; Petersen doubled and drove in a run; Watson singled and drove in a run.
McKinney scored on a wild pitch in the 8th inning; Watson drove in a run in the 9th with a bases loaded walk; and McKinney singled to drive in Martinez with what proved to be the winning run.
Trent Kinney, who allowed just 1 hit and walked none in four innings of scoreless relief, was the winning pitcher.
In their 2-0 loss at Lassen, Marble allowed 7 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 5 in 8 innings.
Lassen's Avery Brandon blanked the Eagles on 7 hits, 3 of them, including a triple, by Wantland. Noah Miller doubled.