Mount Shasta High School’s “dream season” came to screaming halt last Thursday against the now four-time Northern Section champion Durham Trojans.

After winning their playoff opener the previous week, the Shasta Cascade League champion Bears fell at Durham, 11-1.

“What did us in was the nine run 4th inning,” said first-year Bears head coach Jon Cox. “Up to that point it was a competitive game.”

As Cox described it, Durham took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when the Bears elected to turn a double play with runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs and concede one run early in the game.  

In the top of the 2nd Mount Shasta evened the score on a single by Kody Waite and a bunt base hit by Bryson Brooks that put runners on 1st and 3rd. Andrew Paisley’s grounder was then booted by Durham’s shortstop Isaiah Perez, allowing Waite to score.

Durham added a run in the bottom of the inning on a HR by Andy Sundberg to make it 2-1 after 2.  
It was still 2-1 when Durham scored 9 runs in the in the bottom of the 4th inning. Five hits, 4 Mount Shasta errors, a hit batter and a walk contributed to the big inning.

“We knew we had to play an almost perfect game to beat Durham today, which we did for 3 and half innings,” said Cox.

Starting pitcher Ben Sampson was charged with the loss. He was touched for 9 hits and 8 earned runs.
“I?am very proud of our young men this year,”?said Cox. “We overcame some adversity during the season to win our first league championship in four years and earned a home playoff game.

“I believe we really built a solid foundation for the future of Mount Shasta baseball. A lot of things are in the works for next season. New field (artifical turf) and a schedule that will have at least 10 home games as well as a trip to Arizona for Spring Break.