Weed High School’s win over Burney on March 20 was a long time coming – and now they want more.
A 13-12 victory in the marathon second game of a doubleheader at Son’s Park was Weed’s first Shasta Cascade League win in more than a year.
Head coach Josh Oates said he sees “huge improvements” from last season to this. “They’re starting to believe they can win,”?he said of his players. “We’re not making mental mistakes and we’re limiting physical mistakes.”
Weed’s overall record at week’s end was 2-4. That’s as many wins as they had in all of 2008 when they only beat non-league foe Butte Valley twice.
In the nightcap against Burney last week, the Cougars broke open a 4-4 game in the bottom of the second inning when junior Brian Hoy stroked a bases loaded triple then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop. Four runs with one swing of the bat is as good as it gets.
“He hit it well,” Oates said of Hoy, who is one of several Cougar juniors now playing a third year of varsity ball.
Hoy went 3-for-3 in the game with 6 RBIs, while Travis Andrews was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Sophomore Brandon Ede walked 4 times and scored 3 runs, and Cameron Dayen, Travis Greene, Jeremiah Herrin, Robert Aquila and Tye Andrews had one hit apiece.
“It was the longest high school game I’ve ever seen,” said Oates, a former Cougar player now in his second year as head coach.
Slowed by 26 bases on balls, the game finally ended under the lights at 8 p.m., six hours after the day’s first pitch was thrown. It was temporarily halted when Greene was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching and left the field bleeding – but not before he fielded the ball and nearly threw the runner out at first base. “He demonstrated his toughness to everybody,”?said Oates.
Weed had 7 hits while losing the opener, 10-7. Hoy and Aquila had 2 hits apiece, Travis Andrews tripled and drove in two, and Ede had a double and scored twice.