Seventh inning game-tying homer not enough for Bears

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mount Shasta freshman Sydney Cross has one of the best batting averages and on base percentages in the Northern Section this season. Her two-run home run in the seventh inning tied the score in Tuesday's second game against Modoc, but the Bears lost in the bottom of the seventh and split with the host Braves.

Mount Shasta and Modoc split a Shasta Cascade League doubleheader Tuesday in Alturas, leaving both teams tied for second place with a 5-1 record in the Shasta Cascade League.

Trinity is alone in first place at 4-0 going into a scheduled doubleheader Friday against 0-4 Fall River.

The Bears (14-8-1 overall) rallied from a 5-2 deficit in Tuesday’s second game but couldn’t pull off the sweep.

They trailed 5-3 in the top of the seventh until freshman catcher Sydney Cross hit a two-run home run to tie it.

Modoc won it in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Bears coach Chief Burcell said “a few too many errors” cost the Bears on a cold and windy afternoon in Alturas. “But the girls played well. They fought back.”

Statistics posted on show the Bears committed 8 errors and 4 of the 6 runs charged to pitcher Ashley Cain were unearned.

Cross, one of the top hitters in the Northern Section this season, went 2 for 4, while Kelsi Pelletier and Natalee Stock both had doubles and Sejay Sarti, Alex Peruzzi, Kaycee Sarti, and Cain all had one single each.

Sejay Sarti scored 2 runs; Pelletier, Cain and McKenlee Bryan drove in one run each.

Cain pitched two complete games and gave up just 3 hits in the opener while striking out 5 and walking 4. She gave up 6 hits in game two, struck out 3, and walked 2.

Mt. Shasta erupted for 6 runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 in game one.

Cross went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI; Pelletier doubled and drove in 2; Peruzzi doubled, scored twice and drove in a run; Cain singled, walked, scored 2 and drove in one; Bryan had a single and RBI; Sejay Sarti walked, stole 2 bases and scored; Kaycee Sarti singled and Stock drove in a run.

The Bears are scheduled to play next at 0-6 Burney May 2. They then host 4-2 Etna May 9 and finished with a rescheduled doubleheader at Trinity May 13.

Potent offense

Going into the doubleheader at Modoc, the Bears were carrying a .322 team batting average, .422 on base percentage, and had averaged 8 1/2 runs per game in their first 21 games.

At .585, Sydney Cross had the best batting average in the Northern Section’s Division 5. She led the section with 39 runs scored, was second with a .650 on base percentage, tied for second with 10 doubles, third with 38 hits, and fifth with an .876 slugging percentage.

Junior Ashley Cain was No. 1 in the section with 31 runs batted in, while senior Alex Peruzzi was tied for sixth with 23.

Cain was tied for fourth in the section with 4 home runs; Cross and Peruzzi were tied for seventh with 3 each.

Senior Sejay Sarti was seventh in the section with 30 runs scored.

As a team the Bears had 39 doubles and 11 home runs before facing Modoc. They needed just 174 hits to score 180 runs in their first 21 games.

Their on base percentage was boosted by 86 bases on balls, and they had reached base on errors 54 times.

Cross was leading the Bears with a 1.527 OPS, which combines a batter’s on base and slugging percentages. Peruzzi was second on the team with a 1.241 OPS, followed by Cain’s 1.156, McKenlee Bryan’s 1.002 and Sejay Sarti’s .938.

Cain was hitting .350 with 22 runs scored and 6 doubles.

Peruzzi’s .721 slugging percentage was fourth best in Division 5 and her .520 on base percentage was eighth best.

Peruzzi was second on the team with 23 runs batted in, 8 doubles, 25 hits, and a .520 on base percentage. Her .410 batting average was third best on the team.

Sejay Sarti led the team with 17 walks. Cross, Peruzzi and Cain all had 13 each.

Sarti was hitting .362 with a .507 on base percentage.

Bryan had the Bears’ second best batting average at .421 and a .476 on base percentage.

Freshman Kacey Cain, who has missed several games because of injury, scored 15 runs in the 12 games she did play and has a .303 batting average.

Ashley Cain has done most of the Bears’ pitching. She had a 10-6 record that tied her for first with Modoc’s Morgan Bagwell in Division 5 for wins. That was the fifth best win total in the section.

Her 13 complete games ranked second in the section. She had 4 shutouts in 13 complete games, and her 91 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings was third best among Division 5 pitchers. She had allowed 40 walks and had a 3.8 earned run average.

Kacey Cain had a 3.99 ERA in 7 appearances, 3 complete games, and a 3-1 record.