Spring sports teams open season in Mt. Shasta area

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Ashley Cain is congratulated by her Mount Shasta teammates after hitting a home run in the first game of the season Tuesday in Yreka.

The Weed and Dunsmuir baseball and softball teams and Mount Shasta softball team all played their first games of the 2014 season this week.

Dunsmuir softball defeated Weed Tuesday in Weed, 11-6; Weed baseball defeated Dunsmuir, 15-8, Wednesday in Weed; Mount Shasta’s softball team lost Tuesday at Yreka, 10-6.

Mount Shasta softball

Mount Shasta High School’s softball team opened the 2014 season with a 10-6 loss at Yreka Tuesday.

Coach Chief Burcell said the Bears had only been on the field 3 or 4 times and were planning on a scrimmage at Yreka.

It turned into a game, and the Bears played well, according to the coach.

The Bears were down just 7-6 until Yreka scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, their final at-bat.

Junior Ashley Cain pitched the first 2 1/3 innings despite “battling a sore hip,” said Burcell.

Her sister Kacey, a freshman, pitched the rest of the way. Burcell said she “pitched well” in her first outing with the Bears.

The three seniors on Mount Shasta’s roster, Sejay Sarti, Alex Peruzzi and Natalee Stock are joined by juniors McKenlee Bryan, Shannon Cheula, Kelsi Pelletier and Ashley Cain, sophomores Mary Taylor and Kaycee Sarti, and freshmen Kacey Cain, Sam Benedict, Sydney Cross, Miranda Zanni, Ashley Sheats and Jessica O’Sullivan.

The Sarti sisters, Peruzzi, Stock, Ashley Cain, and Taylor joined the team after basketball season.

Ashley Cain hit a home run and drove in 2; Cross went 2 for 3 with a steal and RBI; Peruzzi was 2 for 4 and drove in a run.

Kacey Cain walked twice, scored 2 runs and stole a base; Sejay Sarti, Pelletier and Taylor each singled.

The Bears made a couple fielding errors, but overall Burcell described their defense as “pretty darn good” against a “tough” Yreka team.

Depending on who is pitching, Burcell said Ashley Cain will also play first base, Kacey Cain shortstop, and Sejay Sarti shortstop or centerfield, where “she covers a lot of ground.”

Playing left field, Kaycee Sarti “made a good catch and threw a runner out at the plate,” Burcell said.

Peruzzi played catcher, Cross played third base, but is expected to catch, too.

Mount Shasta is scheduled to play Quincy, Hoopa Valley and Fall River Friday during pool play at the Anderson Small Schools Tournament. Teams will then be seeded into Saturday’s single elimination championship round.

Weed-Dunsmuir baseball

Cougars defeated Tigers 15-8 Tuesday in Weed.

Junior James Brunello struck out 6 and walked 3 while throwing 3 no-hit innings. He also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, 4 runs batted in and 3 runs scored.

Blake Foster went 2 for 3 with 2 hits and 3 RBI for the Cougars, Carlos Sanchez had 3 hits scored 3 runs, Jacob Turner tripled and drove in 4, and Spencer Hall singled, walked twice and scored 3 runs.

Trevor Shaffer, Gabe Gaither, Dillon Page, and Chris Stockton all drove in one run each for Weed.

Turner pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking 2.

The Tigers got to freshman pitcher Sivongsa for 7 hits, 3 walks, and 8 runs, 4 of them earned in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings.

The Cougars roster includes seniors Justin Toms, Trevor Shaffer, Spencer Hall, Carlos Sanchez, Aidan Hagarty and Chris Stockton; juniors Brian Quigley, James Brunello and Jacob Turner; sophomores Blake Lane, Blake Foster, Devin Hall, and Xavier Avila; and freshmen Dylan Sarti, Dillon Page, Thairen Sivongsa and Gabe Gaither. The Cougars’ head coach is Josh Oates.

Dunsmuir’s roster includes seniors Trent Johnson, Dayton Pepperdine, Brian Taylor, CJ Palmer and Joe Campbell; juniors Tommy Stibi, Chase Sordahl, Joey Gonzales and Hunter Kirch; and freshmen Daniel Brashear, Dylan Calzoni, Kevin Puckett, Bryce Padula and Treyce Ashcraft. The Tigers’ head coach is Scott Sordahl.