Bears Spini and Weatherford named first team all-section

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
In one memorable 2010 doubleheader split against Etna, Kayla Spini struck out 32 batters in 21 innings.

It’s not often that southern Siskiyou County players get named to all-Northern Section teams, much less two from one school in the same year.

But that’s the case this year as Mount Shasta High School softball teammates Kayla Spini and Tori Weatherford both made first team all-section on a list chosen by the Redding Record Searchlight, Chico Enterprise-Record, Appeal-Democrat and

Adding to the small school flavor on the all-section team were Etna’s Paige Finley and Etna coach Barb Thackeray, who earned Coach of the Year honors.

Mount Shasta edged Etna for first place in the Shasta Cascade League this spring, the second consecutive SCL title for the Bears.

While Mount Shasta was stopped in the Division 4 playoffs by perennial champion Sutter, 1-0, Etna went on to win a second consecutive Division 5 title.

Spini, the Bears’ sophomore pitcher who earned a second straight league MVP?award in 2010, went 26-5 with a 0.55 ERA and 361 strikeouts in 216 innings. She hit .514 with four homers and 38 RBIs.

Weatherford, a junior catcher, hit .444 with five homers, 29 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 10 doubles, a .545 on-base percentage and a .717 slugging percentage. Weatherford’s fielding percentage for the season was a perfect 1.000.

Sutter pitcher Jolene Graham, who out-dueled Spini in the 1-0 playoff game on May 18, was the Northern Section Player of the Year. Sutter went on to win the D4 championship.

Another small school SCL?standout, Lauren Vestal of Fall River, was a repeat first-team all-section outfield pick.

Most of the all-section team members were from the larger valley schools.

Spini, Weatherford and Vestal are all starting players this summer for the North Valley Rapids ASA team that recently qualified to play in the nationals tournament in August.

Catcher Tori Weatherford during a Shasta Cascade League doubleheader sweep at Trinity in Weaverville April 7, 2010.