The Mount Shasta Bear softball team improved its record to 13-2-1 after 2 wins, 1 loss and a tie in the Anderson Large School Tournament March 26 and 27 at Big League Dreams in Redding.
In a tournament that featured 24 teams from as far away as Corvallis to the north and Sacramento to the south, Mount Shasta’s opener against Sutter ended in a 3-3 tie after 6 innings.
Bear pitcher Kayla Spini threw 93 pitches and struck out 12. MacKenzie Hanna was 2-for-4 at the plate, and Sam Reed was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The girls didn’t have to wait around long to notch a win against rival Yreka, 4-1, later in the day. The Bear infield turned a bases-loaded double play from third base to home to first base. Spini struck out 12 and was productive at the plate with a double that drove in two runs to put the Bears on top.
Then at 4 p.m. the Bears played their final game of the day against Enterprise and earned their second win of the tourney 4-3. Before the sun set Spini had tossed 237 pitches in the three games. “She conditioned herself pretty well. Large schools have three or four pitchers and a bigger roster so they can keep fresh. We don’t,” Bear coach Joe Spini said.
The Bears’ only loss of the tourney was a 7-3 loss against Lassen on Saturday. The game was knotted 3-3 at the top of the 7th inning when Lassen scored 4 runs for the win. Tori Weatherford had a good game at the plate hitting 2 for 3 and driving in two. Reed had a double.
Coach Spini is pretty pleased so far this year. “This year 10 of our wins have been against the bigger Division 4 schools. We’re doing well so I gave them Monday off but Tuesday we have to start getting ready for league which starts Friday,” Spini said.
The Bears open league against Etna at home in a double header that starts at 2 p.m. Friday.