Bears lost 1-0 to eventual section softball champs

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Mount Shasta High School softball team made it a lot more difficult for Sutter in the Northern Section playoffs this year than last year, but the Bears still came up short Tuesday of last week at Sutter.

The two-time Shasta Cascade League champion Bears lost their playoff opener, 1-0, to the same team that knocked them out a year earlier, 11-1.

Sutter went on to win another section title by defeating Lassen, 3-1, and West Valley, 4-2.

Mount Shasta finished the season 26-5-1 and looking forward to next year.

Sophomore Kayla Spini, who was named the SCL’s most valuable player for the second year in a row, allowed just 2 hits at Sutter while striking out 6 and walking 1.

But the Bears had just 2 hits of their own off Sutter’s Jolene Graham, both by Mackenzie Hanna.

Spini and Natalie Hough and Hanna also both reached base when they hit by a pitch.

Hanna, catcher Tori Weatherford, Sammy Reed  and Haley Brown were all named to this year’s SCL all-league team, while Michaela Martin, who played softball for the first time since seventh grade, was an honorable mention pick.

The scores of the games in this year’s playoffs confirmed the Bears’ feeling that they deserved better than a No. 6 seed.

“I?don’t think any team wanted to play us,”?Mount Shasta coach Joe Spini said. “Sutter was happy to get out with a win.”

He said the team “played hard”?at Sutter and didn’t commit any fielding errors.

Sutter scored its run in the first inning on a bunt.

“They didn’t get a hit out of the infield,” said coach Spini. “They had a bunt and pop up between second and shortstop.”