Bears' bats are clicking early in 2014
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.