Bears continue win-one, lose-one theme
The Bears are trying to find a cure for an ailment that head baseball coach Gary Woods is calling “split-itis.”
They went both ways in a third consecutive Shasta Cascade League doubleheader Tuesday in Alturas, winning the opener 12-5 before losing 5-3.
“Both teams played well in the second game,” said Woods. “It was a good competitive game.”
With a 10-6-1 overall record, the Mount Shasta is still in the hunt to make the Division III playoffs, but Woods said they’ll probably have to sweep their final three SCL doubleheaders to have a chance at the league title.
They’re scheduled play at Burney (1-4-1) May 2, host Etna (4-2) May 9, and make up a previously postponed date at Trinity (0-3-1) May 13.
Weed leads the SCL at 3-1. Etna is tied for second with Modoc, while Fall River is 2-2. The Bears have split with Weed, Fall River and Modoc.
Everything clicked in Tuesday’s opener on a cold and windy afternoon in Alturas.
Sophomore Abe Radabaugh struck out 11 in a 7 inning complete game. He walked 3 and gave up 5 runs on 11 hits.
Bryce Sampson, Brandon Acord, freshman Tyler Santi and Radabaugh had 2 hits each for the Bears; one of Sampson’s was a double off the fence in left.
Zach Cardoza and Pierce Nebiolini had singles, and Clay Ferguson walked twice.
Mount Shasta led 7-5 after 5 innings, then broke it open with 5 runs in the top of the sixth.
Woods said aggressive base running and putting the ball in play were two of the keys for the offense.
He praised Santi for his hitting and his play in the outfield. “For a freshman, I’m very impressed with him,” said Woods. “He works hard, has good fundamentals, and is making some nice catches and throws.”
Santi had a key single in a two-run fourth inning that gave the Bears a short-lived 3-2 lead in Tuesday’s second game.
Modoc tied it in the bottom of the fourth and scored the game’s final two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Mount Shasta took a 1-0 lead in the first when Acord singled, stole second and scored on a fielder’s choice. But Modoc first baseman Ben Jones, a 6-foot-5, 220 pound senior, erased that with an opposite field two-run home run in the bottom of the first.
Jones doubled later in the game and scored another run.
The Bears’ two-run fourth included singles by Chet Bolstridge, Sampson, Santi and Acord.
Modoc sophomore pitcher Jarett Royce allowed just 5 hits and a walk while striking out 5 and inducing several pop-outs, according to Woods.
Acord had 2 hits, and also stung a line drive in the seventh inning that was caught by the shortstop, Woods said.
Nebiolini, Kirby Kindley and Mason Brooks all pitched for the Bears.
“We continue to improve,” said Woods. “We’re fielding well, showing good judgement and situational awareness. We’re getting better and executing better, and that was our goal: to improve every day.”
Mount Shasta is scheduled to play two non-league games next: against American Christian Academy Friday at Big League Dreams in Redding and at St. Mary’s in Medford, Ore., April 29. Woods said the starting time for Friday’s game has been changed from 4 to 3 p.m.