Bears' bats are clicking early in 2014

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
In this file photo from May 2013, then assistant coach Gary Woods directs traffic as Chet Bolstridge heads home with the winning run in a game against Burney. Woods is the Bears' head coach this season. They're 6-2, and Bolstridge leads the offense with a .750 batting average and .818 on-base percentage.

Eight games into the 2014 baseball season, the Mount Shasta Bears have a .332 team batting average, led by six regulars hitting .364 or better.

After winning just 8 games all of last season, the Bears are 6-2 and are averaging nearly 8 runs and 8 hits per game. They’ve stolen 15 bases in 20 attempts.

Chet Bolstridge has 12 hits in 16 at-bats for a .750 average. He is slugging at an .875 clip with a 1.693 OPS, has walked 5 times for an .818 on base percentage, and has 6 steals in 9 attempts.

Clay Ferguson, in just four games since the joining the team after basketball season, is 10 for 14 with 6 doubles, a home run and 10 runs scored. His OPS is 2.090, with a .733 on base percentage and 1.357 slugging percentage. Coach Gary Woods said Ferguson hit a long home run in his first plate appearance of the season at Rogue River March 21.

Tanner Mathis leads the Bears with 10 RBI in 8 games. He’s hitting .364 with 4 doubles and 6 runs scored.

Pierce Nebiolini is also hitting .364 with 7 runs scored in 8 games, and Brandon Acord is batting .417 with 6 runs scored in 4 games and a .533 on base percentage. Woods praised Nebiolini for his two-out, two run hit in the sixth inning that padded the Bears’ lead in a 4-0 win over American Christian March 24 in Mount Shasta.

After this week’s scheduled doubleheader at Trinity was postponed, the Bears are scheduled to open league with a home doubleheader April 4 at 2 p.m.