An exciting week of men’s softball is scheduled to start tonight, Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

An exciting week of men’s softball is scheduled to start tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta. The South Siskiyou Men’s Softball double-elimination league tournament will run Wednesday and Thursday this week and Monday-Thursday next week with three games each night. The championship game is scheduled for next Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Due to bad weather, the season ended with 10 make-up games. Before starting make-up games, league coordinator Ryan Jackson said, “All standings are up in the air.” All teams are “pretty close in the middle.”

After a week of make-up games, the standings became clear. Cannon’s Liquor is first seed going into the tournament, followed by Banquet Boys, Rolling Rock, Cedar Lanes, Dough Slingers, Wayside, Escatel Boys, Grizzlebees, Dunsmuir Dawgs and the Vet’s Club.

Cannon’s locked up first place by beating Wayside and the Grizzlebees in make-ups this week said Jackson. Highlights include three-run home run hits by Ron Driml and Eric Degraffenreid against Wayside and a three-run home run by Gerad Brasch against the Grizzlebees. Cannon’s was scheduled to play the Vet’s Club and Dough Slingers last night. “Both teams are very young, but have good talent,” said Jackson.

Rolling Rock secured third seed in a double-header split with the Escatel Boys Monday night. Intermittent downpours didn’t stop the games although it may have kept fair weather fans away – a category that Julio Lopez’s children don’t fall into.
Huddled under the snack shack overhang, his daughters and son were in good spirits and ready to cheer for their dad’s team.

In game one, Rolling Rock dominated in the first three innings taking a 5-0 lead that was boosted by Jermaine Florence’s two-run home run over the left center field fence. Jake Leiffer singled and brought in two runs and Marcus Applewhite added another RBI.

In the fourth and fifth innings, Escatel Boys tied the score 5-5 with RBIs from  Donald Witheral, Andrew Tobin, Adan Melendez and two from Julio Lopez.

In the bottom of the fifth, Larry French’s RBI puts Rolling Rock back in the lead. Adan Melendez who made a diving catch in center field robbed rolling Rock’s Kent Cunningham of a line drive single.

Substitute Ryan Vanni led off the top of the sixth with a double on a headfirst slide through the mud at second base.

Rolling Rock extended its lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth with a triple by Darren Lonnon and a double by Chris Kellar.

In the top of the seventh, Escatel Boys rallied to a 9-14 opening the inning with a single by Robbie Wasson. Julio Lopez scored Wasson with a double; Donald Witheral brought home Julio Lopez with a double; Antonio Melendez drove in Witheral with a single; Wasson tied the score with a single driving in Melendez; Chris Davis doubled with the bases loaded to drive in three. Lopez singled to drives in Davis. Witheral hit a sacrifice fly deep to right field to score Lopez.

Rolling Rock’s rally in the bottom of the seventh came up short. Darren Lonnon doubled, Kellar singled, and Dustin Lopez hit a fielder's choice RBI. Mike Boyer singled, and Kent Cunningham singled to score the game’s final run. Escatel Boys won it, 14-11.

Then Rolling Rock came back to beat the Escatel Boys in the second game 16-9. Coach Chris Kellar said Zhac Thomas made “diving stops at second” and Darren Lonnon hit an “inside the park home run.” Kellar said the first game “was one of the funnest games I’ve played in.”

Tournament schedule:

Wednesday, July 20
• 6:30 p.m. – No. 7 Escatel Boys vs. No. 5 Dough Slingers
• 7:45 p.m. – No. 8 Grizzlebees vs. No. 6 Wayside
• 9 p.m. – No. 2 Banquet Boys vs. No. 9 Dunsmuir Dawgs

Thursday, July 21
• 6:30 p.m. – No. 1 Cannon Liquor vs. No. 10 Vet’s Club
• 7:45 p.m. – No. 4 Cedar Lanes vs. winner of Grizzlebees and Wayside game
• 9 p.m. – No. 3 Rolling Rock vs. winner of Escatel Boys and Dough Slingers.