The Weed Cougars got in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 2, splitting the 2 games with Trinity, but were rained out on Friday at Modoc. The Cougars were also rained out for the Tuesday, April 9, non-league home doubleheader with Happy Camp.

The wet spring has been a mild disappointment to most people. To local high school athletic directors it is panic-inducing as they scramble to re-schedule rained out contests.

The Weed Cougars got in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 2, splitting the 2 games with Trinity, but were rained out on Friday at Modoc. The Cougars were also rained out for the Tuesday, April 9, non-league home doubleheader with Happy Camp.

The Cougars won the second game against Trinity, scoring 7 runs in the second inning and cruising to the 16-5 win behind another strong pitching performance from Braxton Barnes.

He pitched 3.2 innings, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 11. Barnes lowered his earned run average to 0.31. Weed coach Josh Oates said that the big righty is being contacted by colleges interested in him.

Braxton helped his cause with his first home run of the season and 2 RBIs. Jarrod Keen continued his torrid hitting. He went 3 for 5, with a triple and 3 RBIs, and is hitting .552 in the team’s first 9 games.

Keen also stole 4 bases. He’s a perfect 16 steals in 16 attempts on the season for the running Cougars. They average 8 steals a game and have been thrown out only twice in 72 attempts.

Freshman Brandon Cordes got some playing time and responded by going 3-4, scoring twice and doubling in a run. Enrique Sanchez had 2 hits and an RBI.

The Cougars dropped the opening game to Trinity 8-3 while managing only 7 hits. They fell behind early and trailed 3-0 after 2 innings, then closed to within a run in the fourth. But the Wolves salted the game away with 5 runs in the sixth.

Jarrod Keen had another 3-hit game, but Weed couldn’t get much going against Trinity pitching that gave up only 2 walks. Barnes, George Cook, and Brandan NeVille got RBIs.

The team is 6-3 for the season and 1-1 in early Shasta Cascade League play with 8 games remaining.

Weed isn’t scheduled to play again until an April 23 doubleheader at Etna. That 2-week window gives them time to re-schedule any postponed games.