During an awards ceremony held at Lilys Restaurant last week, head coach Chuck Mahan and assistant coach Tony Mace recognized several players with their own annual awards.
Mount Shasta High School’s Bears baseball team took home three Shasta Cascade All League nods and one Honorable Mention to end the 2019 season. During an awards ceremony held at Lilys Restaurant last week, head coach Chuck Mahan and assistant coach Tony Mace recognized several players with their own annual awards.
Mahan bestowed the Defensive MVP award to senior catcher Nolan Johnson, who was also a SCL All League Honorable Mention. Mahan said he has watched Johnson grow as a player during his time as a Bear and said he enjoyed watching Nolan throw baserunners out.
Johnson has signed with Simpson University in Redding where he’ll play baseball for the Red Hawks next year. He had a batting average of .333 and an on base percentage of .467 with eight hits and three RBIs over the season.
Offensive player of the year went to Kekai Ferguson, a sophomore who has been playing at the varsity level since he was a freshman. Ferguson had a batting average of .571 with 11 RBIs on 12 hits, including five doubles and a home run.
Rookie of the Year went to junior Jackson May, who had an on base average of .857 and belted a home run against Trinity. Mahan said he appreciated May’s aggressive base running and looks forward to seeing what he does next year on the field.
Overall Most Valuable Player went to senior Kaden Riccomini, who has signed to pitch for the UC Davis Aggies next year and was also selected as All League.
Riccomini, who was unable to pitch due to arm discomfort for some of the league games, dominated on the mound as he has for the past three years. He shone, however, on offense, hitting three home runs on the season and maintaining a batting average of .565. He led the team in hits (13) and RBIs (18).
Junior pitcher Ian Allen received the Bear Ace Award. He was also an All League pick.
Mahan said Allen was “virtually unhittable” this season. He had an earned run average of 1.20. Over 11.2 innings pitched, he allowed seven hits, two runs and one walk while striking out 20 batters.
The Gary Woods Player of the Year Award, given in honor of MSHS’s late coach, was presented to senior Gage Kinkade, who was also the final All League selection for the Bears.
Mahan said Woods valued punctuality, hard work and doing well in school.
“He cared more about the person you are and the person you are going to be than just baseball,” Mahan said, adding that he believes Wood would appreciate how Kinkade plays the game.
Kinkade, the Bears center fielder, had a batting average of .429 with 12 hits, six RBIs and three doubles on the season. He scored 19 runs for the Bears.
JV head coach John Kennedy and assistant coach Rick Castaneda presented freshman Avery May with the Comeback Player award and Cole Kindley was named the “True Grit Player.” JT Kennedy received the Bear Award.