Mount Shasta High School’s softball team moved a huge step closer to a Shasta Cascade League title when they defeated Fall River in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday.
The Bears scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single by Tori Weatherford.
The win improved the Bears’ record to 10-1, while second place Fall River fell to 8-3.
Mount Shasta coach Greg Eastman said his team needed to win two of its last three games to clinch the title, including a season-ending doubleheader Friday against 2-6 Tulelake.
Freshman Kayla Spini was the winning pitcher in th opener against Fall River.
The Bears’ winning rally began when Makenzie Hanna walked, then advanced on an infield single by Cynthia Laiacona. Weatherford then drilled a bullet to right for the winning hit.
Last Friday, the Bears swept Trinity to improve their overall record to 20-6. That left them as the No. 4 seed into the playoffs.
The Bears beat the Wolves 14-0 and 8-2.
Spini pitched both games, striking out 9 in the opener and 15 in the nightcap.
In game one, Weatherford, Hanna and Donetta Young had 2 hits apiece; Hanna and Spini both doubled; and Young had a triple. The Bears scored their 14 runs on 11 hits.
In game two Mount Shasta had 10 hits, led by Laiacona, who was 3-for-4. Kayla Emerson and Weatherford had 2 hits each and Kismet Prosper hit her first home run.