Shasta, West Valley play to 4-all tie in opening game of inaugural Jim Morley Invitational tournament

Shasta’s Simon Turner slides in with a first-inning run on an RBI single by Isaiah Pena. The Wolves and West Valley tied 4-4 in a time-limit game in the opener of the Jim Morley Invitational at Shasta High. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

West Valley scratched out a run in the bottom of the six as Odin Hughes scored from second on a failed pick-off as the Eagles and Shasta finished the time-rule game tied at 4 in the opening game Thursday at the Jim Morley Invitational at Shasta’s DeForest Field in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.

Hughes reached on a hit-by-pitch on what would’ve been ball four and advanced to second on Tyler’s Chan’s sacrifice to first. With two outs and Sam Howard at the plate, Hughes took a big secondary lead on a 2-1 pitch that drew the attention of Shasta catcher Logan Thibodeau. The junior fired the ball to shortstop JT Beasley, but the throw short-hopped and skipped into the outfield allowing Hughes to slid in under the high throw to the plate.

That the Eagles were in a position to tie the game was a testament to their ability to grind as Shasta starter Simon Turner was dealing in the first three innings of his first start for the Wolves after transferring from Foothill.

The junior faced one over the minimum in the first three innings, the lone batter to reach was Wyatt Reginato on a first-inning walk. Turner struck out five in three innings as the Eagles failed to get the ball out of the infield.

Meanwhile, the Wolves notched a run in the opening frame as Turner hit a two-out single to right-center and was plated all the way from first as Isaiah Pena scorched an RBI single to left. Shasta threatened again in the second on walks to Rollin Luntey and Cheridan Milestone to open the frame. But Eagles starter Jared Hummel worked out of the jam, getting Beasley to go down on strikes and inducing a fly ball out to center by Kevin Braemer.

Shasta’s Isaiah Pena drives back on a pickoff attempt. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

But the Wolves, who were the visitors by virtue of a coin flip, plated two in the top of the third to open a 3-0 lead. Pena reached on a one-out walk, stole second and came in on a Josh Welch RBI single to left. Welch took second as the ball spun past the left fielder and scored on Luntey’s RBI since to left.

But the Eagles answered in the home half of the fourth as Caden Duenas doubled to start the inning and came in on Reginato’s RBI single to right. Reginato moved to second on a passed ball before Turney struck out Brock Taylor and induced a flyout to left by Hummel. But junior Ben Brindley shot one into left field that plated Reginato and Brindley took second after the ball squirted past the left fielder. Hughes, the No. 8 hitter then blooped a seeing-eye fly ball to land between the left and center fielder that allowed Brindley to come in and score, forcing Shasta coach Travis Bassham to go to the pen with Jordan Viera. Viera got Chan to ground out to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Wolves manufactured a run on a Pena walk, a sacrifice from Thibodeau that allowed Pena to score on a passed ball and wild pitch.

The Wolves (0-0-1) take on Eureka at 9:30 a.m. Friday at DeForest Field before playing Los Molinos on the JV field at U-Prep. The Eagles play Red Bluff at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Shasta.

Shasta – 1-0-2-0-1-0 – 4
WV – 0-0-0-3-0-1 – 4
Shasta: 4 hits (Turner, Welch, Luntey, Pena); West Valley: 5 hits (Duenas, Reginato, Brindley, Hughes, Howard)
Shasta – Turner 3.2; Viera 1.1; Kilgore 1. West Valley – Hummel 3; Reginato 3.

West Valley’s Jared Hummel deals during the Eagles’ 4-4 tie with Shasta on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)
Simon Turner deals for the Wolves in the fourth inning of a 4-4 tie with West Valley. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)
Shasta catcher Logan Thibodeau throws down to third in the Wolves’ 4-4 tie against West Valley on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

About Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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