The Weed Merchants Babe Ruth team closed their season with a successful 3-1 record in the final four games last week. The victories gave the Merchants a 9-7 record overall in their inaugural season.

The week didn’t start on a hot note as the Merchants were routed by Ray’s Food Place of Scott Valley 15-0 on Monday night in Fort Jones. Things got better for the Merchants as they took down Yreka Transfer on Thursday night at Hibbard field in Yreka.

Aiden Hagarty threw four strong innings and got the win, while James Brunello threw the final three innings to earn the save.

On Friday, the Merchants overcame a 9-0 deficit in the fifth inning and defeated CLT Logging 10-9 in extra innings.

After allowing five runs in the first, two in the second, and two in the fourth, the Merchants faced a huge deficit in front of the Sons Park faithful. The Merchant offense broke through with two runs to break the goose-egg in the 5th, then followed with four runs in the sixth to make it a 9-6 game.

CLT failed to add to their lead in the 7th, and a revamped Weed lineup put together a rally to tied the game 9-9.

In the first extra frame, the Merchant defense stood tall holding CLT scoreless for the fourth consecutive inning, setting the game up for a dramatic ending. With one out, Sanchez was walked, then moved to second on a wild pitch. With two strikes and the winning run on second, Weed slugger Kaelin Cordova blasted a fastball to right-center that fell over the heads of the CLT outfielders, scoring Sanchez to give the Merchants the 10-9 win.

Cordova finished 3-for-5 with two runs, while Sanchez and Jacob Turner each had two hits. Spencer Hall finished 1-for-1 with three walks and three runs scored. James Hipp threw three scoreless innings and notched the win.

On Saturday, the Merchants traveled to Yreka for the Skills Day tournament and their third game in three days.

With the score 4-3 and down to their final out, the Merchants caught a break when Sanchez reached on an error. A wild pitch sent Sanchez to second setting up Luke Hart who delivered with a base hit to plate the tying run. Hart advanced to second on the attempt to get Sanchez at the plate, then a wild pitch put him 90 feet away from a Merchant victory.

The hero at the plate this game was Aiden Hagarty who poked a single to right for the game winner.

Spencer Hall earned the win for Weed.

Tommy Chanthavisouk had a double and 2 RBI, while Jacob Turner had a single and an RBI.