College of the Redwoods

Corsairs knock off conference leaders in extra innings

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The College of the Redwoods women upset the odds on Thursday, knocking off Golden Valley Conference softball leaders Butte, 6-5 in extra innings, in Redding.

Rhea McCoy scored what turned out to be the winning run on a Grace Rosebrook fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth inning, beating out the throw to home plate.

The win was just the second of the season for the Corsairs, who came into the game with a record of 1-8 after losing 8-1 to Butte earlier in the day, while the loss was just the second of the season for the Roadrunners, who came in with a record of 10-1.

Fortuna’s Juliana Ortega-Miranda was pivotal in the win, taking over in the pitcher’s circle in the bottom of the first inning with the Corsairs trailing 3-1.

“She came in and she pretty much shut them down,” CR head coach Maggie White said of Ortega-Miranda. “She pitched very well.”

The former Fortuna Husky struck out five and walked two, while allowing just two hits in seven innings.

The CR women scored four runs to take a 5-3 lead in the top of the third, but the Roadrunners pulled back within one with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and would go on to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out in the eighth, McCoy and Jaycee Morais hit back-to-back singles, before a double-steal gave CR runners at second and third.

Rosebrook then drove in the go-ahead run.

Samantha Caughie had a big day at the plate, finishing with three hits over the two games, and an RBI.

Sadie Wilkinson also hit successfully in both games, including a solo home in game one, her first of the season.

Wilkinson also drove in two runs in the nightcap.

Morais, McCoy, and Ortega-Miranda each had two hits in the second game, while Karyn Jensen also had a hit.

“It was a team effort,” White said. “Every single player played.

“I was pleased with the way we bounced back after going down in the first inning.”

The Corsairs have a bye this weekend before playing their first home game of the season against Shasta next Thursday.

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