With Little League season officially underway in the Burney Area
(and Fall River and Big Valley to follow starting May 7) here’s
my suggestion... Play Nice!
This isn’t necessarily directed at the young players - but more
towards parents and adults who will be attending these many
games over the Spring season.
Just a reminder to Ma and Pa... these are young kids, not
professional athletes. They don the uniform to go out and have
fun - and hopefully learn a little about the rules of the game.
The older players who’ve been around a couple of years stand at
the plate in front of the crowd with an accelerated heart rate
and nervous tension. They don’t need hearing negative responses
from those sitting in the Peanut Gallery munching on candy and
slurping a soda.
The T-Ball newbies are the youngest of the athletes, who are
still learning that running the bases is kinda like being a
NASCAR driver - always turn to the left from
base-to-base-to-baseto homeplate. No stopping to pick up that
good looking pebble along the way. These youngest of the players
learn there are Lady Bugs, Dandelions and blades of grass to
play with while in the outfield waiting to get back to the
dugout and continue that story with their buddy who’s standing
way over there on first base (whatever that is).
The coaches are volunteers. They are not managing a major league
franchise, but guiding youngsters in the game they have loved
since they too put on a little league uniform. They sacrifice
time away from their own families to guide your youngster. They
forego cooking dinner for their own brood in order to keep an
assemblance of order amongst your kids. They forego mowing their
lawns in order to keep the little league fields looking good -
and the grass short enough so your little one doesn’t get lost
in the outfield. They forego time at work in order to spend time
with your kids. They are volunteers - not paid professionals.
The umpires are also volunteers. Yes, they’ll miss a call here
and there, and might even alter the outcome of a game by missing
something. That’s just human nature - none of us are perfect. I
learned the embarrasing way to lay off the Ump’s. As a teenager
sitting in the stands watching an adult softball game in Burney,
I kept making loud snide remarks about the umpire’s ball and
strike calls (in jest, but unappropriate). Edwin Hawkins was
behind the plate, and after several of these taunts, turned to
me, removed his mask and pointed it at yours truly and uttered
loud enough for everyone to hear, “you think you can do a better
job come on out here.” Since he was older and bigger than I was,
I shut up. I learned that day that audible criticism of someone
volunteering their time and doing the best they can is something
to applaud, rather than shower with catcalls.
It takes a lot of adults to put on a successful little league
season, all volunteering their time to benefit your kid(s). Your
neighbors are stepping up to the plate to not only mentor your
offspring and umpire games, but to man the concession stand so
you don’t go hungry. Someone to keep score and run the
scoreboard so you can stay informed about the game you’re
watching. Someone to mow the grass and rake the infield. Someone
to handle the money and pay the bills. Someone volunteering to
serve on committee’s from player selection to getting uniforms
ordered, to serving on the board itself. No payment is received.
No awards are presented to these adults. No one is immune from
criticism from parents (unfortunately).
So, Ma and Pa, remember that the chances of your T-ball, Major
Boy or Minor Girl player making it to the Big League is doubtful
at best. Don’t pressure your child into that ‘win at all costs’
mentality. Sit back, enjoy the game and give these youngsters
all your support and encouragement. Thank any and every
volunteer working these games at every opportunity.
And finally (whew), here’s to the Area’s young baseball players
going out and having a ball... yes, the pun is intended (grin).
Lady Raiders Host Dunsmuir
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders softball squad will host the
Dunsmuir Tigers in a non-conference double header today
(Tuesday) starting at 2pm. The games were originally
cancelled earlier in the season due to weather
The Raiders also lost their double header with Mt.
Shasta scheduled for last Friday due to rain. No make-up
date as yet been announced.
Burney Basin LL Kicks off Season
with a Flourish
BURNEY - The Burney Basin Little League kicked off their
2016 season with their annual Opening Day Ceremony at
Loren Miller Field here.
Parents and family members swamped the area to witness
this annual Rite of Spring.
Each of the 13 teams took the field, with the Burney VFW
and American Legion presenting the Colors, board members
were introduced, and a bike was awarded through a
drawing of all those who sold candy in the fund raising
effort, along with the top three money earner’s
presented with cash cards.
Games were played at both Loren Miller Field and
Washburn-Bue Park throughout the day.
The Intermountain Little League of Fall River and Big
Valley will have their Ceremony on May 7.
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Walk-a-thon Raises $$ for
BURNEY - A large turnout aided Paige Smith’s senior
project here Saturday - a Walk-A-Thon raising money for
Diabetes Awareness and Research. The Burney Jr/Sr High
School senior raised $950 on the day, with more money
yet to be counted. Besides pledged walking, there were
games such as Bean Bag Toss and Twister along with food
sales that did the trick.
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FR Defeats Trinity JV in Scrimmage
McARTHUR - Fall River got a chance to play their younger
players in a scrimmage against the Trinity JV squad here
last week, winning 14-1.
“Our pitchers did a good job,” noted coach Leo Estes in
talking about Stevie Collins, Kyle Klein, Gavin Dobson
and Cody Jorgenson who all had a stint on the mound.
He also noted freshman Bailey Small got a hit every time
he came to the plate.
FR Softball Now at 19 Straight... &
WEED - The surprising Lady Bulldogs of Fall River continued to
sweep away opposing teams this past week, as they moved their
unbeaten record to an impressive 19-0 last week.
The Big Blue Machine mowed down Weed in the opener of their
double header on the road last week, 16-5, then pulled off a
nail-biting 6-5 victory in the nightcap. They boast a 9-0 league
leading record with three games remaining. Fall River will host
second place Mt. Shasta (3-1, 5-5) Friday in their final home
match-up of the regular season (2pm double header start) and
wrap it up in Burney for a single game May 3.
The Bulldogs blasted 25 hits in their opening win over Weed, led
by Katie Policastro with two home runs and two doubles in going
5-for-5 with six runbatted- in and scored three.
Rachel Wellemeyer, Tori Policastro, Megan Gallion and Hallee
Olsen all ripped three hits each, with Olsen snaring two
doubles, and Wellemeyer and Gallion a double each. Alicia
Reynoso, Laci Denny, Trinity Markham and Saydee Peevenouse each
added two hits in the win, with Denny roping a triple and two
RBI’s, Peevehouse also with two RBI’s and Markham with two
Denny was once again the winning pitcher, striking out eight and
In the nightcap, the story was a bit different - but with the
same outcome... a Fall River’s 19th victory.
Fall River held a slim 2-1 lead in the third, when the Cougars
knotted it up in the bottom of the inning.
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Bears Keep Slim Hold on First with Sweep of Raiders
BURNEY - The Burney Raiders held their ground in a
double header against visiting Mt. Shasta here Saturday,
but in the end the Bears proved too much for the hosts
as they prevailed, 10-7 and 6-4.
Mt. Shasta opened a 4-1 lead, but the Raiders cut it in
half with a run of their own in both the third and
fourth inning. Mt. Shasta struck for four more i the
fifth, and Burney again hung in there with a matching
four runs in their half of the frame.
Jason Searl was handed the loss, hurling 4.1 innings and
giving up six hits with five strike outs. Kaden Tiran
(shown above) followed for the final 2.2 innings,
allowing five hits with two strikeouts.
Tiran had a double and single and scored one run, while
teammate Chris Semer finished 2-for-4 and scored a pair
of runs. Searl had a single and walked twice in scoring
two, while Ray Guerrero was 1-for-4 with one scored.
Brandon McFarlane and Wyatt Hibbeln each had a hit.
The Raiders found it tough going at the plate as Mt.
Shasta’s hurler struck out 14 Raider batters.
In the nightcap, Burney took a 2-0 lead in the first
inning, but the Bears exploded for five runs in the
third and one more in the fourth. Burney plated a pair
of runners in the fourth, but could not overcome the Mt.
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Burney Senior Ray Guerrero Receives Award
- Burney Jr/Sr High School senior Ray Guerrero was named
the Western Region ‘Player of the Week’ by MaxPreps and
USA Baseball. The honor was for the week of April 4th,
and Guerrero received a certificate from the national
During the week, Guerrero and the Raiders torpedoed
Trinity on the road, winning conference games in
lopsided fashion, 13-3 and 21-7.
Guerrero was 8-for-8 batting in the double header,
driving in 10 runs and scoring eight. He also stole a
base. One of his hits was a home run - and he also
reached first when hit by a pitch.
Guerrero was also the winning pitcher in the nightcap,
hurling all five innings, giving up four hits , two
earned runs, walked five and struck out nine.
Guerrero is the son of Ray and Liz Guerrero. The elder
Ray is the Principal of Burney Jr/Sr High School.
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Bulldogs Thump Cougars in DH
WEED - The Fall River Bulldogs remained in the hunt in
the Shasta-Cascade League with a twin win over the host
Cougars here last week.
Fall River trounced Weed in the opening game, 14-0 then
smoked them in the nightcap, 16-1. Fall River (7-2)
stands one loss behind the Mt. Shasta Bears (5-1) atop
the conference with the two teams meeting head-to-head
this Friday in McArthur at 2 o’clock.
“We hold our own destiny in our hands,” noted coach Leo
Estes, “it’s all right in front of us.”
In game one against the Cougars, Thomas Markham and
Sergio Jimenez teamed up to pitch a 2-hit shutout
victory for Fall River. Markham got the win hurling the
first thee innings allowing one hit, walking one and
striking out two. Jimenez finished the final two innings
with one hit, no walks and fanning three.
T.J. Markham, Kaleb Hamilton, Bailey Small and Brian
Smith all had two hits and drove in two runs in the win.
Jace Neugebauer was 2-for-3 and scored three, while
Steel Humphry, Chad Lee and Thomas Markham each finished
with one hit. Humphry had one RBI, walked once and
scored both times he got on base. Thomas Markham’s hit
was a double.
Fall River capped the 16-1 win in game two by scoring
six runs in the top of the seventh.
A foursome of hurler’s hit the mound for the Bulldogs,
with starter Dylan Rainwater getting the win in two
innings of play, giving up one hit, walking one and
striking out one. reliever's Robee Knoch (no hits),
Gavin Dobson (two strikeouts) and Jace Neugebauer (four
K’s) wrapped up the win.
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Local AAUW Girls Win Tournament
REDDING - A team comprised of fifth grade girls from
Fall River and Big Valley took first place in the Silver
Bracket at the Battle of the Northstate here over the
weekend. Pictured left to right back row, Gisele
Rodriguez Sanchez, Kayton Davies, Ryleigh Kern, Lindsay
knock and Ellie Jacobson. Front row kneeling (l to r)
two of the players younger sisters, Sydney Cassity and
Burney Thinclads Rack Up 17 PR's
KLAMATH FALLS, Or. - The Burney Raider track team
travelled here last Friday, competing against 29 other
schools from Oregon, California and Nevada.
Seventeen new Personal Record best's were recorded as
• Peyton Bonsey, discus (64-1.00).
• Noah Cassel, Discus (93.1.00).
• Nicholas Glazzard, long jump (16- 4.50).
• Favian Jimenez, 400m (47.49).
• Alex Madera, 400m (53.64).
• Dante Mendoza, 400m (65.77).
• Elliot Santamaria, 100m (12.59).
• Parker Steeves, 200m (27.10).
• Juan Carlos Vega, 800m (2:12.48).
• Gerrado Villarruel, 100m (12.45).
• Logan Young, discus (79-3.00).
• Gabbi Banos, 200m (31.47).
• Gabriiela Chacon Barrera, 100m (16.82) and shot put
• Kayla Henderson, discus (51- 04.00).
• Sierra Outcalt, 100m (15.34).
All three area school track teams will be at the Yreka
Lions Invitational this Friday.