By Ray Hamill — After more than a month of traveling for games, the College of the Redwoods softball team will play its home openers on Friday, when the Corsairs host Mendocino in a non-conference doubleheader.
And it’s not just the comforts of home the CR women are looking forward to.
“It’s not just about the travel and being in hotels, but being the visiting team is a disadvantage because of the sport we play,” CR head coach Maggie White said. “You don’t have the last say.”
It’s not unusual for Redwoods to have to travel for the first month (or longer) of the season, because of the weather here on the North Coast and the difficulty of scheduling teams who will travel here.
“We played 15 games on the road before our first home,” White said. “There are not many college teams that have to do that.”
The good news for the Corsairs is that they have been growing as a team and preparation has been going well for conference play, which begins next week.
In particular, pitcher Lindsey Scott has been a steady and consistent presence for the team in the circle, and the team defense behind her has impressed.
“Lindsey has been really consistent on the mound, and that’s where it all starts,” White said of the sophomore from Eureka High. “She’s worked on her control and is throwing the ball where she wants to throw it.”
Scott has shown remarkable control, walking just 10 batters in 14 appearances this season, including eight complete games.
She is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.75, the latter of which is third best among the Golden Valley Conference teams.
Her six wins are twice as many as any other pitcher in conference.
Scott doesn’t strike out a lot of batters, but has gotten plenty of help from her teammates.
“Our defense is probably the strength of this team,” the head coach said. “We’ve made some phenomenal plays.”
Another sophomore, lead-off hitter Amy Reyes also is enjoying an outstanding early season, batting .510, second best in conference.
Karyn Jensen has a team-leading 13 RBIs, third best in conference, with teammate Jaycee Morais also productive in that department with 12 RBIs, tied for fourth best in the GVC.
This year’s team features several local standouts and White and her players are looking forward to finally getting the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd.
“We’re just excited to be home, and hopefully people will come out to watch,” the head coach said.
Preparation, the coach said, has been going well.
“We’re really happy with the performances and what we’ve been able to do so far this year,” she added. “Everything we’ve done up to now is in preparation for conference.”
Friday’s doubleheader gets under way at noon and will be played at CR.
The Corsairs are 7-8 after losing five straight against some tough opposition.
Mendocino is 5-9 and comes into the game having two straight.
The CR women open conference play at home to four-time defending GVC champion Feather River on Wednesday.