There is plenty of activities planned for this Saturday, so hang on to your fedora and have a great time.

Yep, stream fishing season opens at sunrise, and avid angler’s have been angling to get out to their favorite ol’ fishin’ hole - and come Saturday morning it’s ‘Katie bar the door’ as the season gets underway.

With lake fishing open year ‘round, the annual spring Fishing Opener doesn’t hold up quite as well as it did before there was year around trout fishing available - but it’s still a big deal to those who relish baiting a hook and hitting a bubbling stream.

We wish the best to everyone in their endeavor to catch “The Big One!”

The other all important event taking place Saturday is the opening of Little League season in our area. Opening Day ceremonies are set for 9am at the Fairgrounds in McArthur and the Burney Little League Field on Bailey in Burney.

I hereby offer you some insight into enjoying your days of watching little league games:

• First thing to remember at all times... these are kids. They are not professional ball players. They are youngsters who may find dandelions in the outfield more interesting than what’s happening at home plate. From T-Ball on up, these youngsters are learning the In’s-’n-Out’s of the game. Give them time to catch on to what’s going on.

• The coaches are volunteers. They are giving up time with their own families to attempt to teach your youngster a bit about the game of baseball (or softball, as the case may be). They will make mistakes. They will upset you at some time or another because your child is on the bench. But, no matter what happens... they have the interest of your child at heart, and would never do anything to intentionally hurt their feelings.

• The Umpires - like the coaches - are volunteers. They will undoubtedly make mistakes and miss a call here and there... after all, they’re human. They haven’t been bribed to throw a game, nor will they intentionally try to aid one team over another. These umpires are your neighbors and friends, and should remain your friend after the last out - no matter the outcome.

• Not every player has the same skill level. It’s not your job to criticize a youngster’s ability from your perch in the stands. It’s your ‘job’ to encourage every player at every opportunity. Your attitude from the sidelines can help shape the future of each of these youngsters.

• If you want to see your little league survive... volunteer. Step up to work in the concession stand. Agree to keep the scorebook. Plan on becoming a coach or umpire. Volunteer to be a board member. Donate your time to help the program survive.

• Finally... When you and your child are in the car heading home after the last out... please don’t spend the trip home criticizing how he/she played. Find something positive to talk about, and if you have to be critical - make it constructive criticism offered with your love and encouragement. Children join little league to have fun... and possibly learn a game they can enjoy for a lifetime. No child wants to be chided into taking the game too seriously... until, at least they can make their own determination to get serious about their playing. The chances of your T-Ball player becoming a major league star is about as likely as you winning the lottery six times.

These are GAMES... and by the sheer definition - are supposed to be fun.

Enjoy the season - the years go by to quickly!

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Raiders Turn on the Afterburners in
Sweeping Visiting Chester Vols
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders erupted for 21 runs in demolishing the visiting Chester Volcanoes in their home league opener last Friday, easily taking the 5-inning win, 21-11.

After taking a 4-Zip lead in the opening inning, the Raiders kicked in the afterburners in plating a dozen runs in the second to turn the game into a laugher for the home crowd. The winners garnered 14 hits, patiently picked up 10 walks, had three batters hit by pitches, one reached on an error and another got on base with a fielders choice - all told a total of 29 baserunners for the Raiders.

This game was nothing like the April 4 game in Chester

In their earlier meeting, the Volcanoes pulled out a narrow 2-1 win - pretty much the exact opposite of Friday’s result in Burney.

Senior Kaden Tiran started and was credited with the win, going three innings and giving up four hits, walking no one and striking out five. Brandon Mcfarlane and Marvin Jackson saw action on the hill in relief.

Dominic Gensaw was 3-for-3 with a triple and was hit by a pitch to score each of his four times on base and racked up four RBI’s on the day. Jackson and Levi Perkins each finished 2-for-4 with an RBI each. Jackson also drew a walk and scored three runs.

Tiran had a hit, two walks and was nicked by a pitch and scored four times. Skyler Ragsdale, Blain Marks, Mcfarlane, Chris Semer, Layton Mc- Clung and Wyatt Hibblen each added to the offensive barrage with a hit apiece.

On the base paths, the Raiders were a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts, led by Jackson with two and Gensaw, Perkins, Semer, Mc- Clung and Hibbeln with one each.

The Raiders played the role of ‘good host’ by not being too aggressive on the bases after taking a commanding 16-0 lead, passing up several opportunities to score on passed balls and wild pitches.

Burney (2-2, 9-5) hosts Redding Christian (3-2, 6-6) today (Tuesday at 4pm.

Lady Raiders Maintain Hold on 1st Place

BURNEY - The Lady Raiders maintained their lock on first place in the Five-Star conference with an 8-3 win over the Lady Volcanoes of Chester here Friday. The win kept the Raiders perfect in conference play at 4-0 and upped their overall record to 15-4.

After spotting Chester a run in the first inning, Burney rallied to plate three in the second, added another in the fourth and picked up four insurance runs in the sixth.

Maddie Luntey was the winning hurler, improving to 15 wins on the year. She scattered six hits and struck out five to improve her strikeout record to 106 for the season.

Luntey also helped herself at the plate blasting a pair of triples and driving in a run. Kylie Tiran was 2-for-3 and scored two, while Megan Arseneau and Kaiylin Earhard each had a hit and an RBI. Arseneau also scored her 46th run of the season - tops in the entire state.

Summer Schottel walked and reached on a fielders choice to score one run and drive in two more. Crystal Flores and Ashley Davies each had a hit and an RBI.

The Raiders (4-0 league and 15-4 overall) will defend their first place standing when they host Redding Christian (0-3, 0-5) today (Tuesday) in a single game at 4 o’clock. On Thursday, Burney hosts Mercy (1-0, 1-3) in another 5-Star single game at 4pm.