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Little League season is underway in South Siskiyou

Skye Kinkade
Coach John Kennedy and members of his Volcanoes T-Ball team wave to the crowd Saturday morning during Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 season in south Siskiyou County.

More than 450 players and coaches from 38 local teams gathered on the Mount Shasta Little League Park field Saturday morning to usher in another exciting season of baseball.

Though clouds threatened rain, the day stayed dry and comfortably warm for Opening Ceremonies, the Hit-a-Thon fundraiser, and the Glove it Up Wiffle Ball Tournament, which attracted 70 players of all ages.

“It looks like we might have a first annual event here,” said South Siskiyou Little League commissioner Parish Cross about the wiffle ball event, which was won by a team of Sisson and Mount Shasta Elementary School students: Andrew Pigoni, Brooks Andrus, Gaspar Rodriguez, Anthony Pigoni, Roman Cross, Cole Kindley, Kaikea Ferguson, Kyle Ellorin and JT Kennedy.

The event was the senior project of Mount Shasta High School seniors Natalee Stock and Alex Peruzzi, who didn’t expect such an enthusiastic turnout.

Throwing out the traditional first pitch of the season was major girl’s softball player Chanel Berg, sister of Clayton Berg, who has spent nearly a month hospitalized for complications after an emergency appendectomy on March 7.

His mom, Wendy, said Clayton’s pain is getting under control and they hope to be home from UC Davis Children’s Hospital soon.

Clayton, age 14, is a junior Little League player though he may not be able to play this season.

Donation jars to help the Berg family were placed at the snack shack, which kept busy with orders for hamburgers barbecued by Cross and carne asada tacos, made by Bess Parker.

The National Anthem was sung again this year by senior softball player Cami Brooks.

Cross led all the players in a recitation of the Little League pledge: “I trust in God, I love my country, and will respect its laws. I will play fair, and strive to win, but win or lose I will always do my best.”

Parents and volunteers then recited a pledge of their own: “I will teach all children to play fair and do their best. I will positively support all managers, coaches and players. I will respect the decisions of the umpires. I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.”

While some major boys launched pitches over the fence, t-ballers were satisfied with Hit-a-Thon hits that rolled 120 feet. Junior players helped shag fly balls and measure Hit-a-thon distances.

Players ages 4 to 16 from Mount Shasta, Weed, McCloud and Dunsmuir participated in the festivities, said South Siskiyou Little League player agent Leslie Johnson.

The first games of the season were scheduled for Monday in Mount Shasta and Weed.

Following is a list of all the 2014 teams, their managers and their sponsors.

Juniors

Siskiyous – Chuck Mahan, manager

Avalanche – Jacob Barr, manager

Senior girls

Blue – Brandon Burns, manager

Weed Red – Bob Saltzgaver, manager

Major boys

D-Backs – Jason Ferguson, manager; sponsored by Swenson Excavation

Orioles – Jeremy Keen; sponsored by Keen Construction and Casa Bella Hair Studio

Padres – Marty Bryan, manager; sponsored by Market Place Insurance

Dunsmuir Athletics – Josh Meyer, manager; sponsored by Meyers & Sons

Major girls

Red Sox – Curtis Knight, manager; sponsored by Black Bear Diner

Dunsmuir Giants – Matthew Norton, manager; sponsored by Mike & Tony’s

Minor boys

Iron Birds – Dave Kindley, manager; sponsored by McLane Maintenance

Lake Monsters – John Kennedy, manager; sponsored by Shasta Brown, Inc.

Marauders – David Torres, manager; sponsored by Say Cheese

Dunsmuir Volcanoes – Brian Wilson, manager; sponsored by Round Table Pizza

Weed Owlz – Nick Mitchell, manager; sponsored by Cedar Lanes

Weed Storm – Brandon Cordes, manager; sponsored by Solano’s Home Improvement Center

Minor girls

Cubs – Lisa Morris, manager; sponsored by Black Fox Timber Management

Mount Shasta A’s – Ryan Vanni manager; sponsored by Surf Shack

Weed Giants – Candice Belke, manager; sponsored by Berryvale

Coach pitch

A’s – Kale Riccomini, manager; sponsored by Longhair Collision Works

Astros – Ray Ramas, manager; sponsored by Dr. Marie Ramas

Dodgers – Gary Sheets, manager; sponsored by A Cut Above Tree Service and Alliance Properties

Dunsmuir Giants – Ryan Mangrum, manager; sponsored by G & R Customs

Weed Bowling Green Hot Rods – Josh Blankenship, manager; sponsored by Roseburg

Weed Rockhounds – Chris Kellar, manager; sponsored by Li Laos Market

T-Ball

A’s – Rob Harryman, manager; sponsored by Shasta Family Care

Eugene Emeralds – Chris Hansen, manager; sponsored by Kim Centeno DDS

Tigers – Andy Solus, manager; sponsored by Cross Petroleum

Volcanoes – John Kennedy manager; sponsored by Scott Valley Bank

White Sox – Michael Kobseff, manager; sponsored by Ray’s Food Place Mt. Shasta

Dunsmuir Rockies – Katee Gooch, manager; sponsored by Dunsmuir Chevron

Weed Braves – Caitlin Dawson, manager; sponsored by State Farm Insurance Weed

Weed Giants – Don Crawford, manager; sponsored by American West bank

River Bandits – Danielle Lindler, sponsored by SW Maintenance Inc.

4 year old T-Ball

Padres – Blue Yager, manager; sponsored by Acme Computer

Cubs – Andrew Gerdes, manager; sponsored by Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware

Weed Dodgers – Brandon Cordes, manager; sponsored by Taco Bell/KFC