Sports 3/26/10

Grizzlies win first league game

By Maddi Morris
Sports Reporter

   The Grizzlies baseball team took first in its bracket at the Yerington, Nevada, tournament Mar. 12 and 13, winning all four scrimmages over the course of the two days.
The Grizzlies played Fernley first on Friday followed by ROP, ending the day with two wins. Saturday the boys played Lee Vining and Coleville, winning both games once again. Head coach Scott Thompson said he was very pleased with their performance and is looking forward to a great season.
   Top hitters at Yerington were Antonio Lizarde with a .583 batting average for the tourney, and Weston Roberti, with .455. Overall, the team hit .329.
The boys lost to Truckee varsity in Reno Mar. 18, 20-9.
According to Thompson the boys started the game off with great intensity, with an 8-4 lead in the first two innings. After that, however, Truckee caught up and pulled ahead. After    Truckee’s scoring run, the Grizzlies’ defense fell apart, and they did not make another run the rest of the game.
   Thompson felt that this game was a good learning experience for him and the team. He said he learned a lot about what needed work and whom to put in what position.
In the boys’ first league game of the season, they beat the    Greenville Indians Tuesday at home, 11-0.  The boys started the game strongly and carried that effort throughout the entire game, not allowing the Indians to bring in one run.
   Bradley Truhett pitched for the Grizz the entire game and had four strikeouts. Roberti had a great game at bat with a single, double and three RBIs. Dylon Gravelle also had a good game with two hits and two RBIs. Also, Pepe Vasquez and Bradley Truhett each had an RBI, and Martin Lizarde had two hits.
   The game was cut short due to the 10 run rule, so the Grizzlies only played five innings. The next game is Tuesday against the Chester Volcanoes there.

Track team ready for start of season

By Weston Roberti
Sports Editor

   The Loyalton High School track and field team is loaded with great competitors and athletes once again this year, with a roster of 20 members.  The team is made up of six seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen.
   The Grizzlies will be divided up into JV and varsity divisions, with the freshman and sophomores representing the junior varsity and the juniors and seniors representing the varsity.
The JV and varsity girls will be competing in the 100m and 200m hurdle race.  They will also race in the 100m, 200m, 800m, and 3200m events, and participate in the high, long and triple jump events and the shot put and discus competitions.
As for the boys’ events, the JV and varsity will be competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m races.  Like the girls, the boys will be participating in the high, long and triple jump events and the shot put and discus contests.
   “Track’s going really good so far.  I’m really excited to get to some meets and compete,” said junior Lang Weaver. “I think this upcoming meet this weekend will be a lot of fun and some great experience for the members of the team that are new to this type of sport.”
   The track team will be participating in at least five events this year, with a possibility of moving onto the Division IV Championships and the NSCIF Championships.  Their first event will be tomorrow at the Burt Williams event at Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City.
   With 16 of the 20 members attending the event, the Grizzlies will have plenty of opportunities to win some events and come home with some medals.

Tough start for Loyalton softball team

By Connor Thompson
Sports Reporter

   After not being able to fill a roster last year for the Grizzlies’ softball team, Loyalton has bounced back and is once again part of the Feather River League.
   With little experience, only a few practices, and no preseason games, the Grizzlies started their season by losing to the Greenville Indians Tuesday, in Loyalton, 20-5.     Although it was exciting for the Grizzlies to be back on the field and in a league game, the Lady Grizz quickly realized that games are a lot different than practices. The Indians started off fast, scoring most of their runs in the first innings.
   Sophomore Serena Verdicchio commented about the game saying, “ the first inning wasn’t a good way to start, but after that inning it was fun. I’m glad I’m playing It’s fun to be out on the field with my friends. “
   Junior Sabrina Carvalho said, “ We did really good for our first game even though we started off bad. I’m happy that there’s a team this year and I don’t have to wait until next year to play.”
   The Grizzlies’ next game will be next Tuesday in Chester against the Volcanoes.
   The next home game will be next Wednesday against the Truckee Wolverines, and then on Friday where the Grizzlies will face off against the Portola Tigers.


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