By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods women split a softball doubleheader against College of the Siskiyous on Saturday, taking a hard-fought opener 5-4, before dropping a high-scoring nightcap 12-10.
Playing at the new Bear River Casino and Resort field, CR pitchers Makayla Bernald and Juliana Ortega-Miranda combined to hold the visitors to just two hits in the opener.
The Corsairs rallied from an early one-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third and added a fifth run an inning later to lead 5-1.
The Eagles responded with three more runs in the top of the fifth to make for an interesting finish, but the CR women were able to hold on.
Bernald got the win in the circle, striking out six to go with eight walks, with Ortega-Miranda coming in to record the save.
Sadie Wilkinson led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, while Jaycee Morais and Grace Rosebrook each also had two hits and Karyn Jensen had a double and an RBI.
Bernald and Samantha Caughie rounded out a nine-hit team performance, with Caughie also driving in a pair of runs.
Caughie was just getting started, and in game two she led the way at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and another two RBIs.
The ever-dangerous Jensen continued to impress, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Wilkinson capped a big day with two more hits.
Despite racking up 12 hits for the game, the Corsairs found themselves in an early hole when they gave up 11 runs in the top of the first.
They continued to chip away at the lead, scoring eight unanswered runs to close out the game, but ran out of outs.
Bernald added a triple, while Morais, Rosebrook, Ortega-Miranda and McKenna Turner each also had a base hit.
Kylee Dewey took the loss in the circle in game two.