By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs posted a couple of key wins in softball on Friday, as they get set for their Golden Valley Conference opener next week.
The College of the Redwoods women came into the game riding a five-game losing streak and head coach Maggie White talked to her players this week about the importance of playing with some confidence and getting back above .500 before they begin conference play.
The players responded, taking both ends of a doubleheader in their home openers against Mendocino College, and avenging an earlier loss to the Eagles.
The CR women won the opener 6-5 in eight innings, and took game two 8-0 in five innings.
Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Scott was huge in both wins and has been the story of the year for the Corsairs, showing tremendous improvement from where she was when she joined the team out of Eureka High in 2018.
She got plenty of help from the bottom of the lineup, which augurs well heading into the GVC.
“The bottom of the lineup all made some big hits,” the head coach said. “The bottom of the lineup is getting it done, and that’s what we need going into conference.”
Scott scattered 12 hits over the two games, while striking out four.
Crucially, however, she continues to display tremendous control with zero walks on the day (although she had two hit batsmen), and just 10 walks in 84 innings all season.
The former Eureka Logger has worked hard to get here, overcoming what White described as “serious control issues” when she joined the program.
“Last year, towards the end of the season she was really starting to get locked in,” the head coach said. “And she’s worked really hard in the offseason. She’s done all the things she’s needed to do to be the ace pitcher. She’s done everything we asked of her.”
Remarkably, Scott retired five straight batters with one pitch each in game one, which included a three-pitch inning.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that,” the long-time head coach said.
Another sophomore, Amy Reyes, also is enjoying an outstanding season, and that continued on Friday.
The lead-off hitter had a pair of hits in each game, including two doubles while also making an outstanding defensive play at shortstop in game one.
Fellow middle infielder, freshman Grace Rosebrook, also had an outstanding defensive play in the opener.
Shawnau Johnson also had a big day, finishing with three hits and three RBIs over the two games, while Samantha Caughie had two hits and two RBIs in the nightcap.
Game one was an exciting affair, with the Corsairs taking a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second, only for the Eagles to battle back and force extra innings.
The visitors kept the momentum going into the eighth inning and took a one-run lead, but the Corsairs would not be denied, scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning to take the win.
They carried the momentum into game two and never looked in danger of losing, taking an early lead and blowing the game open with five runs in the fourth.
Sadie Wilkinson and Paige Johnson each had a hit in both games, while Jaycee Morais, Destiny Peters, Calissa Stokesberry and Rosebrook each had a hit.
The Corsairs, who improved to 9-8, will open conference play against perennial powerhouse Feather River on Wednesday, with a doubleheader starting at noon.