Mount Shasta High School’s baseball team was one game behind league leading Fall River going into a home doubleheader against Burney Friday, April 27.

The Bears won seven games in seven days, capped by two wins against visiting Weed on Tuesday, 3-1 and 7-5.

They improved their record to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in league, good for a tie for second with Fall River (10-6). Etna (5-1 and 16-4-1) held the SCL lead.

Senior Dylan Padula, who pitched a five-inning perfect game in the Bears’ home opener April 18, threw a seven inning complete game to win game one against Weed. He struck out 9, walked 3, and held the Cougars to 4 hits.

Sophomore Clay Ferguson went 3 for 3 with a double and RBI for the Bears, who had 7 hits, 1 each by Andrew Paisley, Brandon Acord, Eric Banner, and Padula. Chase Kamla drove in a run.

Weed leadoff hitter Spencer Hall scored the Cougars’ only run in the first inning.

The Cougars appeared to score another run with one out in the top of the seventh when freshman James Brunello went from first to home on a double by sophomore Carlos Sanchez.

When the Bears appealed, saying Brunello did not touch the second base bag, he was called out.

Instead of the score being 3-2 with one out and the tying run at second base, it was 3-1 with a runner on second and two outs.

Weed coach Josh Oates argued to no avail.

“It was a tough call,” Oates said the next day. “I was mad. You don’t like it to happen that way, but it does.”

Oates praised his team for bouncing back and playing a strong second game.

“Both teams played well,” he said. “We had a couple more walks, and they executed some small ball.”

Cougar sophomore Aidan Hagarty, who pitched all 6 innings in game one, hit a solo home run in the nightcap, while Bryndan Gaither went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.

Hall was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, and Sanchez doubled.
Sophomore Acord went 2 for 3, scored a run and drove in 2 for the Bears. Ferguson singled and drove in 2; Kody Waite was 2 for 3 and scored a run; Padula went 2 for 3 with an RBI; and Banner was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

Kamla pitched the first four innings for the Bears and got the win. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and struck out 4.

Waite gave up just 1 hit in the final 2 2/3 innings and earned a save.
Weed starting pitcher Jerren Walter gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits in 3 innings. Gaither gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings.

Weed (2-4 and 10-7) was scheduled to play at home against Fall River April 27.