Despite having dominated the Durham Trojans 16-7 on a neutral field earlier in the season, the Mt. Shasta Bears were seeded behind the Trojans by the NSCIF, and had to make the trip south on Tuesday to once again prove they are the superior team.
The #4 Trojans were first on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning via an error, a sacrifice and a double.
Mt. Shasta, the 5-seed, tied the game 1-1 in the third, when Sydney Scott led off with a triple and later scored.
The Bears went up 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Leslie Rhoades led off with a single, and was sacrificed to second base by Miranda Zanni. Rhoades scored when Lily Hitchcock reached on an error. Hitchcock also scored on an error.
Helped by Bear miscues, the Trojans got a run back in the home half of the fourth, 3-2.
Kacey Cain led off the fifth with a triple for Mt. Shasta, and scored on an error, 4-2.
Durham tied the game 4-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, on a single, two doubles and an error.
A double and an error in the bottom of the sixth gave the Trojans a temporary lead, 5-4.
Mt. Shasta responded by plastering four runs on the board in the seventh, for an 8-5 advantage. Cain, Sydney Cross, Jolene Rhoades and Leslie Rhoades all found their way home. Zanni had a triple, Cross a double, and both Rhoades singled in the inning.
The Trojans turned four singles into two runs in their final at bat for an 8-7 final score. Durham didn’t go quietly, but they were eliminated by the Bears…as it should be.
Jolene Rhoades notched the win in the circle (7 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 7 K).
Mt. Shasta (14-7) travels south again to East Nicolaus for a semifinal match up with the 25-5 Spartans.
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