South Siskiyou All-Stars prevail in 'Battle of the Bat'

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The South Siskiyou senior girls all-star team with the Battle of the Bat trophy after Saturday's tournament victory over North Siskiyou at Sisson field in Mount Shasta. Coaches, left to right, are Bob Saltzgaver, Eric Jones and head coach Brandon Burns. Middle row: Breanna Saltzgaver, Nicole Jones, Ialee Hering, Jolene Rhodes, Judy Hoey, Cami Brooks, and Lily Hitchcock-Burns. Front row: Bella Powers, Shanalyn Mori, Quincie Cross, Abby Andrus and Erica Smith.

At the end of a long hot Saturday at Sisson Field, the South Siskiyou senior girls all-star softball team defeated North Siskiyou in the 4th Annual Battle of the Bat tournament.

Coach Brandon Burns said the south county all stars “overcame the heat and errors” to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row.

Tournament MVP Quincie Cross pitched South Siskiyou to victories in games one and three and finished the day with a .416 batting average and .666 on-base percentage.

South Siskiyou’s team featured girls from the undefeated Mt. Shasta Hulks and Dunsmuir Redhawks.

Standouts players for South Siskiyou included Breanna Saltzgaver, Jolene Rhodes, Abby Andrus, Ialee Hering, Cami Brooks, Bella Powers, Nicole Jones, Judy Hoey, Erica Smith, Shanalyn Mori, and Lily Hitchcock-Burns, who finished the day with the best overall batting average at .545 and the team’s best on base percentage at .727.

South Siskiyou won game one,

9-1, then lost game two, 9-8. Coach Burns said Jolene Rhodes pitched “a great game” in game two, but South Siskiyou “came up a few errors shy of the win after extra innings.”

South Siskiyou won the final game of the best of three series,

13-7. Coach Burns said Quincie Cross “pitched an amazing game and picked up the win.”