The College of the Siskiyous baseball team took a small step closer to the playoffs last weekend with a three-game stand at Lassen. The Eagles won their first two games 9-3 and 11-4 but then lost 8-7 in the last game of a double header on Saturday.
COS coach Billy Hefflinger was happy with the two wins but the loss really hurt. “We didn’t get it done in the last innings in the last game. We were up 7-1 and the bottom fell out,” he said.
Right now the Eagles sit on a 10-14 record overall but its their 5-8 league standing that concerns the team. “We have to get to .500 to go to the playoffs. We have 12 games left and every game is important. We can only lose four more games,” Hefflinger said.
In the first game against Lassen last Friday the Eagles were lead by pitcher Ryan Douglass who is 3-3 on the mound this season. Coach Hefflinger went with him for 8-innings. “Ryan has had a solid year. We know we’re going to get 7 or 8 good innings out of him. Adam Miller and Jeff Reed both had a good defensive game,” the coach said. The 5th inning was the most productive with 4 runs by the Eagles including a double by Andre Navarro which drove in a run. Navarro also crossed the plate in the first inning on a RBI by Miller. The 2nd and 8th innings were good for the Eagles picking 2-runs in each frame.
Then on Saturday the Eagles rose to the occasion with another win. Their big inning came in the 6th when second baseman Navarro, short stop Garrett Moore, catcher Adam Miller, designated hitter Ryan Trosko, who leads the team with 15 RBIs, and right fielder Chris Houle all crossed the plate for the Eagles with 5-runs to go on top for the 11-4 victory. David Lostra collected the win for the Eagles going 6 2/3 innings before retiring. “David threw strong baseball and Seth Wieman stepped in and was in the zone. He threw only two balls in his 2 2/3 innings,” Hefflinger said.
The Eagles miffed their chance at a sweep in the last game of the 3-game series. “We were on top and we just couldn’t get it done in the last innings,” Hefflinger said about the close 8-7 loss.
The game was going the Eagles way early. In the 2nd inning both Houle and Young doubled and scored while Trosko and Jeff Reid added two more runs.
The Eagles had a 6-0 cushion going into the 4th but 5-runs in the 6th and one more run in each of the last 3-innings in the game gave the game to Lassen.
The Eagles take on Shasta this weekend. “We’ve got to find a way to win. We’ve turned 27 double plays this year so we’re pretty solid there we just can’t give up leads anymore,” Hefflinger said.
The double header starts at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday at the COS Baseball Field in Weed.