Sometimes in baseball, you have to find ways to win on a day when you’re not playing your best baseball.

That was the case for the Gridley High School baseball team last Thursday night at Wheatland. The Bulldogs scratched out two first-inning runs and made them count, holding on the rest of the way for a 2-1 win over the Pirates in a BVL contest.

It was a day when the Bulldogs struggled with the sticks, getting just one hit against Wheatland ace Jordan Getz.

But the Bulldogs had their own ace on the hill in junior Lance Santerre, who fanned 15 and earned the win before having to leave the game in the seventh inning because he’d reached the CIF-mandated pitch count of 110.

Gridley coach Dan Crabtree was pleased to see his team gut out a win.

“Lance was going too deep in counts out there today, so that’s why he reached the pitch limit,” Crabtree said.

Ty Cota came on and got the last two outs to earn a save.

It was a busy week for Santerre, who traveled to the state FFA convention in Anaheim with his Gridley FFA friends early in the week.

Santerre also had the Bulldogs’ lone hit. Tristan Platter and Robert Peters scored the Gridley runs.

Gridley improved to 21-3-1 with the win. The Bulldogs have a pair of key games against perennial BVL rival Sutter this week that will decide the league crown. Gridley was scheduled to host Sutter on Tuesday and travel to Sutter on Thursday.

Sandwiched around those games was a scheduled nonleague contest on the road at Marysville on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Biggs rebounded with a doubleheader win over Portola. Biggs won the first game, 3-2 and took the nightcap, 13-1 to Improve to 12-5 on the season.

Biggs wraps up the 2018 season next Monday on the road at Maxwell. The Wolverines hosted Maxwell Tuesday afternoon.

Track and field Bulldogs compete at Oroville

A number of Gridley track and field athletes competed at the Norm McKenzie Invitational at Harrison Stadium in Oroville last week.

Max Nicolson finished eighth in the freshman-sophomore 100-meter dash (12.8).

Luis Calderon was ninth in the varsity 200-meter dash (28.55, a PR).

Gridley’s team of Spencer Cron, Max Nicolson, Andrew Quist and Alfredo Martinez was sixth in the 4-by-100-meter relay.

Ivan Escalante finished fifth in the shotput (37-11/2, a PR). Nicolson also came in second in the high jump (5-4).

Jesus Martinez was seventh in the freshman-sophomore long jump (16-0, a PR).