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    BookStore text click AprilThere’s been some discussion recently among some folks about the ruling when a batter has two strikes on him or her, swings at a pitch and the ball hits the batter’s hands. The question being is the batter out?

    Yes!

    I asked umpire Dale Anzo to give the full explanation. Parts of the conversation were pretty humorous, and unfortunately not printable. So here goes:

    1. Hands are not part of the bat.

    2. Anytime you swing the bat it is a strike, including if it hits your hands or other part of your body.

    3. If you swing and the ball hits your hands with two strikes, it is strike three. The ball is dead, and the batter is out. Any base runners  return. (more…)

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    Weed Lady Cougars Coach Rob Moser has selected Alyssa Merrill as the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Cougar Softball Player of the Week. (more…)

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    svpt-small.jpgETNA – After a slow 1-4 start, the Etna Lady Lions have won 10 of their last 11 games, including their first four Shasta Cascade League games. On Tuesday, Etna swept the Weed Lady Cougars, winning game-one 14-4, and game-two 9-1.

    Jennifer Hanes led off the bottom of the first inning of game-one with a base hit, stole second, went to third on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Katie Eiler. Tessa Burrone who had reached on a fielder’s choice scored on a single by Tandy Thackeray, giving the Lady Lions a 2-0 lead.

    Brittany Dean reached on an error in the second inning, and later scored on an error, putting Etna up 3-0.

    The Lady Lions took control of the contest in the third inning, crossing the plate nine times. Burrone, Katie Eiler, Thackeray, Rachel Lyons, Dean, Rhyan Smith, and Melissa Berry all found their way home once. Jesse Eiler came home, had some cookies and milk, got back on base and came home again, to extend the Etna lead to 12-0. (more…)

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    Mt. Shasta Lady Bears Coach Joe Spini selected Mackenzie Hanna as his Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Bear Softball Player of the Week for her offensive explosion against Trinity in the Marble Mountain Tournament last weekend. (more…)

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    mittan-ad-300.jpgThere was a call in the Etna v Weed softball game on Tuesday that left more than a few people confused. The play involved the ball being hit and going past the first baseman and then being inadvertently kicked by a base runner while she was running from first base.

    The ruling as explained to a coach and then told to me was that because the ball was past the first baseman, it didn’t matter that it contacted the runner. Therefore, both the batter and base runner were safe on the play.

    It seemed kind of weird so I asked Dale Anzo what the rule is on that type of play. Here’s the rule:

    Rule 8 section 6 article 11

    The runner is out when the runner is struck with a fair untouched batted ball while not in contact with a base and before it passes an infielder, excluding the pitcher, or if it passes an infielder and any fielder has an opportunity to make an out.

    In the play that occurred in the game, I believe these conditions in the rule were not in dispute: (more…)

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    valley-tire-red-300.jpgETNA – The Etna Lions’ Colby Rimmer came within a swinging bunt base hit from tossing a no-no against the Weed Cougars in the first game of Tuesday’s double-header, a 1-0 Lion win. It was the only hit Weed would get in either game, as Etna’s Eric Freckman and Preston Munson combined for a no-hitter in the second game, an 11-1 Lion win.

    While the Cougars offense was nearly nonexistent, Etna’s “O” just barely showed up for duty in game-one. The Lions’ run came on a first-inning long ball by Robbie Munson. Munson’s homer was one of four Etna hits, with others coming from Ricky Reynolds, Mark Federico, and Preston Munson.

    Carlos Sanchez had the Cougar hit. Zach Van Keuren took the loss.

    Etna took the lead 1-0 in the first inning of game-two. Munson took a one-out walk and stole second. A single from Eric Freckman plated Munson.

    Nick Hansen led off the bottom of the second inning with a single and went to second on an outfield error on the play. Caleb Eastlick reached on an error, moving Hansen to third base. Hansen scored when Ricky Reynolds reaching on a fielder’s choice that erased Eastlick, making the score 2-0. (more…)

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    By Dale Anzo

    If you are like me, you like watching your favorite M.L.B. team or at least listening to them on the radio.  One of me pet peeves while watching or listening is hearing the announcers mess up the foul tip rule.  They will say that a ball that hits the back stop is a foul tip.  It is not.  Here are the official definitions of a foul ball and a foul tip.

    Foul Ball

    A foul ball is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory or that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that, while over foul territory, touches  the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground. (more…)

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    West CoastOn April 6, College of the Siskiyous Athletic Department recognized the 2010-2011 Scholar Athletes. To be eligible for the Scholar Athlete award, an athlete must have participated (including redshirts) or will participate in a sport or the athletic training program, have passed 12 units counting towards basic skills, career & technology or transfer, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2010 semester. Approximately 174 athletes completed the 2010 fall semester and 82 of these athletes were honored for their academic achievements. Listed below are the 2010-2011 Scholar Athletes (* 3.5 or higher GPA / ** 4.0 GPA):

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    De’Angelo Bell
    Te’Aire Bell
    Matt Christiansen *
    Justin Dietz * (more…)

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    Yreka Coach Ken Dysert’s selection for the Pepsi of Mt. Shasta Lady Miners Softball Player of the Week is freshman Taylor Brown. (more…)

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    y-ad-1-click.jpgEtna, Mt. Shasta and Weed high schools competed at the John Frank Invitational Track and Field meet at Central Valley High School on Saturday.

    Mt. Shasta’s Austin Herrick set a new PR, winning the High Jump at 6-02.00. Herrick was also second in the Long Jump at 20-10.00.

    Etna’s Emily Loogman won the 100m Hurdles in 16.84. Loogman did not compete in the 300m Hurdles, opting for a prom appearance instead. Loogman has the North Section’s fastest 300m Hurdle time.

    Etna’s John Whelan won the 3200m in 9:48.70.

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