photo by Mike Daly

REDDING, Calif. – Sam Wells was the winning pitcher in two games last week as the Shasta College baseball team beat Cosumnes River 5-2 and avoided a three-game sweep with a victory over Skyline.

Wells (3-0), who is tied for the state-lead with three wins, pitched the final five scoreless innings of relief against unbeaten Cosumnes River, the No. 13 team in NorCal. He struck out two and allowed five hits to get the win, getting help from the Knights' offense with three runs in the fifth.

Jakob Weiser and Payton Edwards each ripped RBI singles in the game and Nolan Kenny's two-run single gave Wells a cushion late in the game. Easton Waterman was the lone Knight with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4. Eric Spencer had a triple and Brian Pino scored twice.

Shasta starting pitcher Josh Gonzales last two innings, striking out two and walking four. He allowed one earned run on two hits.

The series didn't start well for Shasta against Skyline, dropping the first two 9-4 and 11-2. In the opening defeat, Samuel Torsey took the loss on the mound, allowing a two-run home run and striking out three in one inning of relief work. Starter Kolby Button struck out four, walked four and allowed four runs – two earned – on four hits in 3.1 innings.

Weiser was 2 for 3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run, Austin Healy had a double, Edwards drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and Daniel Duarte had an RBI single.

Anthony Becerra was the losing pitcher for Shasta in the second game to fall to 0-2 on the season. He struck out five, walked one and allowed six runs – three earned – on six hits in four innings. Shasta's only two runs came on Waterman's sacrifice fly in the fifth and Edwards reaching on a fielder's choice in the sixth. Duarte was 2 for 3 and Healy was 2 for 4.

The series finale was all Wells as the 6-foot-7, 240-pound sophomore right-hander from Sebastopol didn't allow an earned run in the 4-1 complete-game victory. Wells struck out four, walked none and allowed one unearned run on three hits while going the distance.

Waterman, who was 4 for 5 with two doubles in the game, drove in Healy on a double in the third. Wells got all the support he needed in the fourth when Edwards scored on an error, and Hunter Rasica scored on a double play. Kenny added one more run in the sixth for good measure on an RBI single.

Kenny was 3 for 5 and Edwards was 3 for 4 with a run.

Shasta (4-5) plays four games on the road this week with one at Yuba College on Tuesday and a three-game series beginning Thursday against Canada College in Redwood City.