As at many small schools, both played multiple roles with Keen coming out of the bullpen and Barnes playing third or first base.

The Shasta Cascade League named two Weed Cougars to its all-league baseball team this year, right-handed pitcher Braxton Barnes, first-team, and shortstop Jarrod Keen, honorable mention.

As at many small schools, both played multiple roles with Keen coming out of the bullpen and Barnes playing third or first base.

Braxton pitched 42.1 innings with a 1.32 earned run average. His 96 strikeouts led the SCL and tied the Weed High School record. He was 4-4 on the year.

Barnes also excelled as a hitter with a .392 average and a team-leading 22 runs batted in. He stole 12 bases and hit the only Cougar home run.

“He turned a lot of heads this season,” said Weed coach Josh Oates, “and I think he grew a lot as a player both mentally and physically. It was a pleasure to coach him, and I wish him the best of luck as he continues his career at College of the Siskiyous.”

Barnes confessed near season’s end that he’d been relying on his fastball “75% of the time” and wanted to develop his other pitches next year hurling for the Eagles.

Jarrod Keen led the Cougars with a .411 batting average. He scored 22 runs and stole 23 bases in 25 attempts. The speedy shortstop led the team with 3 triples.

Good lead-off hitters get on base, and Keen did it more than half the time, sporting a .507 on base percentage.

As a right-handed pitcher, Jarrod relieved 9 times, pitching 21 innings and sporting a stingy 1.67 ERA.

Coach Oates called Keen “our most consistent player on offense. Jarrod has a great approach to the game, and he is not overwhelmed by anything the game throws his way. I am excited to watch him grow as a player over the next two seasons.”