Talented juniors, deep pitching staff for 2018 Bears

Joseph De Peralta
Mount Shasta High School baseball coach Chuck Mahan. File photo

As the time springs forward and the weather gets warmer, the Mt. Shasta High School Bears prepare for another season.

Last weekend, the Bears traveled to Colusa to compete in the Colusa Mike West Tournament. They beat Pierce, but fell short against Fort Bragg (8-2) and Winters (19-1).

It was the Bears’ first time on the field for the 2018 season.

Freshman varsity player Kekai Ferguson took home All-Tourney.

“It was great to get back on the field,” said head coach Chuck Mahan.

Asked if anything exciting happened, Mahan chuckled and stated that he got “thrown out of the game.” He said there was a controversial call in the middle of playing Winters on Friday, and when he went to argue the call, the umpire was unclear of his intent and threw him out of the game. It was Mahan’s first ejection since he became the Bears’ head coach in 2015.

Mahan said he’s been looking forward to this season and “could not wait to get the season underway.” He spoke about a few returning players who will make an impact on the team, including Kaden Riccomini, Kaimana Ferguson and Gage Kinkade.

He said the baseball team has a “talented junior class” and a “deep pitching staff” and he’s hopeful that “by the end of the year, we should be competitive.”

The Mt. Shasta Bears’ are playing this week in the Yreka Jamboree.