Simon Turner, seen earlier in the season, tossed six innings of one-hit, shutout ball as Shasta beat Las Plumas 2-0 in the Northern Section Division II quarterfinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)
It took the Shasta Wolves less time to dispatch Las Plumas in Tuesday’s Northern Section Division II baseball quarterfinal than it did for the Thunderbirds to drive to Redding from Oroville.
Simon Turner tossed six innings of one hit ball and Jordan Chabolla wiggled out of a seventh-inning jam to preserve a 2-0 win for the Wolves in 80 minutes. The win secures a semifinal date with No. 1 seed Pleasant Valley on Friday.
Turner struck out nine, walked two and allowed two runners past first all afternoon. He worked out of trouble in the second and fourth innings with a timely 1-6-3 double play in the top of the second. In the fourth, he walked Mason Whitfield to start the fourth, but he was erased as JT Beasley ranged behind the second-base bag to flip to a covering Isaiah Pena as Nolan Clark reached on the fielder’s choice. Dylan Long would put runners on first and second as a grounder to Beasley scooted under his glove. But Turner got a Marshal Sobrero grounder to first and Jacob Martinez strikeout to end the threat.
Meanwhile, the Wolves would piece together a pair of one-run innings in the second and third.
Turner reached in the second on an error by shortstop Anthony Quihuz and stole second. After Josh Welch flew out to center, sophomore Ethan Vericker delivered a seeing-eye RBI single to plate Turner. Vericker’s ball looked like a tailor-made, inning-ending grounder, but took a “Matrix” hop to the left right before reaching Quihuz. The ball zipped into left and the Wolves led 1-0.
In the bottom of the next frame the Wolves saw Beasley reach on a one-out error, head to second on a steal and third on a wild pitch. After DJ Bish popped out to second, catcher Logan Thibodeau poked a slow-roller toward second. As second baseman AJ Loomis tracked the infield turtle, Thibodeau trucked down the line and beat the sidearm throw as Beasley crossed the plate.
The Thunderbirds would threaten in the seventh as Chabolla replaced the efficient Turner and walked Long, the leadoff batter. Sobrero singled to right and Martinez sacrificed them over into scoring position. But Chabolla, whose curve was dancing, got Alec Theveos to fan and induced Lacey into a grounder to first.
The Wolves only collected four hits on the day – Vericker, Thibodeau, Turner and Beasley.