They did just that in what coach Chuck Mahan called “two really good wins” – 4-1 and 11-1 – featuring strong pitching and bats that “came alive.”

The Mount Shasta Bears went into Monday’s home doubleheader with Etna knowing that they needed to win both games to be the standalone Shasta Cascade League champions.

They did just that in what coach Chuck Mahan called “two really good wins” – 4-1 and 11-1 – featuring strong pitching and bats that “came alive.”

The Bears will play an unknown opponent on Friday, hopefully at home, said Mahan, in the first round of SCL playoffs. The Bears hope to repeat last year’s performance, when they reached the Section Championships, falling just one run short of beating Winters.

Junior Ian Allen pitched his first full high school game for the Bears in game one, allowing just five hits over seven innings.

Etna came out and scored their run in the first inning. The Bears tied the score in the second and opened it up in the fourth on a three RBI double off the bat of senior Kaden Riccomini, who has 14 RBIs in the past four games, Mahan said.

Game one also featured a hit by Gage Kinkade and two hits by Jackson May, who provided the RBI in the first inning. Kayden Crisci walked once and Kekai Ferguson walked twice, while five Bears reached base after being hit by pitches.

Mahan called attention to Etna’s pitcher, Steve Lampert, who pitched well, striking out eight and walking three over five innings.

In the second game, the Bears 10-runned the Lions in five innings, scoring twice in the first and second innings, three times in the third and four in the fourth. Sophomore Kekai Ferguson pitched the entire game, allowing just two hits.

Crisci, Ferguson, Hunter Stock, Riccomini and Kinkade provided two hits each. Baltazar Rodriguez added one hit, while John Latos and Johnson walked. Ferguson and Riccomini reached after being hit by pitches.

The Bears finished league 8-2. Overall, the team is 11-11 and ranked 5th in Northern Section Division 5 playoff points.

An announcement regarding the Bears’ Friday opponent will be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday.