Cougars show improvement in SCL baseball

Steve Gerace
Weed pitcher Travis Andrews in the second game of a doubleheader Friday, April 23, 2010 at Mount Shasta.

Coming off a narrow loss to league-leading Mount Shasta, the Weed Cougars are scheduled to play a home doubleheader against Etna this Friday, April 30, beginning at 2 p.m.

Head coach Josh Oates said he was “very proud of the effort put forth by our players” in Mount Shasta on April 23.

“Down 12-2 in the first game, we kept fighting and kept ourselves alive for a win,” Oates said. The final scored was 12-7.

In game two, won by Mount Shasta 8-6, Oates said, “We played one of our best all-around games and came up a bit short, but it was nothing to hang our heads about. Definitely an improvement and something to build upon over the last two weeks of the season.”

The Cougars take a 1-7 SCL record (5-12 overall) into the Etna twinbill. 

Weed had 9 hits in their 8-6 loss at Mount Shasta. Brian Hoy was 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a run; Cameron Dayen was 2 for 4, drove in a run and scored a run; Travis Andrews singled twice and drove in a run; Zach Van Keuren singled and drove in 2; Robert Aquila singled and drove in a run; Travis Greene singled; and Roberto Sanchez and Jeremiah Herrin both walked twice.

Trailing 5-2, the Cougars took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with a 4-run rally, but the Bears came back to score 3 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Cougars had 8 hits in game one, a 12-7 loss. Greene was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI; Dayen was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI; Hoy singled and drove in one; Van Keuren drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and scored twice; Andrews and Aquila both singled; and Herrin walked twice and scored 2 runs.

Weed split with Burney on Monday, April 19, in Burney, losing the opener 5-1 and winning the nightcap 5-0.

Oates said the Cougars got “two outstanding pitching performances from Travis Greene and Travis Andrews. In game one, Greene struck out 12 and gave up no earned runs, but a couple costly errors and our inability to hit the ball saddled him with the loss.”

In game two, Andrews struck out 8, walked none and pitched a complete game shutout.

“Great pitching and defense overall in those games,”?Oates said.

Weed is scheduled to finish the regular season at Modoc May 7.

Oates said he’d like to make up their game against U-Prep that was rained out earlier in the season, but isn’t sure that will be possible.

For more photos, see: Play at third and Weed baseball at Mount Shasta

Weed’s Robert Aquila warms up in the first game of a doubleheader Friday, April 23, 2010 at Mount Shasta.