RedHawks take Mike West Invitational

Faithful fans attended the early Friday morning, chilly game between Colusa and Mt. Shasta in the boy’s baseball game, winning 8-2. This was the Mike West Invitational tournament that continued through the rainy weekend, which resulted in the cancellation of several games. 

Good natured, Justin Lee smiled as he hustled over to first after catching a beaner to the helmet. The hit-by-pitch did not phase Lee from successfully stealing second.

Leo Guzman got in a great hit followed by Lee again with a good hit (and not off his helmet this time). Although Mt. Shasta’s pitcher kept a close eye on base stealing, he was aided by a rousing chant from his teammates in the dugout.

Mt. Shasta Bears came ready to play hard, but were thwarted by the fact they were unable to get good footing due to impressive pitching.  

“It was pretty solid. Our starting pitcher did a nice job of getting us off to a good start,” Colusa RedHawks coach, Eric Lay said. 

Noting areas he intends to address during practice, Lay attributes the bulk of their success to the pitching. 

“Our pitchers did a great job with throwing strikes and keeping us right there,” he said. 

The tournament is in its seventh year. The tournament’s namesake is former baseball coach, teacher, vice principal, and now Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Mike West. 

Lay said West, “had done a lot for kids and a lot for the school and a lot for the district and community so we felt it was pretty appropriate.” West is a prominent member of Colusa, and is a business owner.

Despite the chill, the weather was dry on Friday morning. Lay said, “It’s been good, and we got lucky with the weather today.” 

The wet weather on Saturday did not dampen the RedHawks spirits. They also won against East Nicolaus, 10-2. ■