College of the Redwoods

Corsairs close out the season in dramatic fashion

File photo – Juliana Ortega-Miranda

By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods women closed out the softball season in dramatic fashion on Thursday, sweeping both games of a doubleheader against College of the Siskiyous.

Playing at the new Bear River Casino Resort field, the Corsairs won game one 3-2 on a walk-off in the eighth inning, before taking the nightcap 7-4.

Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker scored the winning run in game one with two outs, reaching home plate on an error by the Siskiyous right fielder, after singling to reach base and advancing on a Makayla Bernald base hit.

“We played well,” head coach Maggie White said. “We had no technical errors, so our infield was solid and our outfield was solid, and that was nice to see. And our pitchers played better today.”

The Corsairs had their chances to win the opener in the bottom of the seventh, when a lead-off double and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with no outs.

But the visitors got out of the jam to force extra innings.

Jaycee Morais and Bernald both were 2-for-4 with a double in the win, with Morais also driving in a run.

Karyn Jensen also was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Sadie Wilkinson had a double and an RBI.

Grace Rosebrook rounded out a nine-hit team performance.

Juliana Ortega-Miranda got the win in the pitcher’s circle, pitching 5.2 innings in what was likely her final game for the team.

File photo – Makayla Bernald

File photo – Karyn Jensen

“She had a great season,” White said of Ortega-Miranda, a former Fortuna Husky and a talented multi-sport athlete. “When the team needed her to pitch, she came in and did a really good job for us. She’s a competitor and a really good athlete.”

Kylee Dewey pitched the win in game two, as the Corsairs overturned an early one-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.

It was a close game with just one run separating the teams going into the final couple of innings, before the CR women added two insurance runs in the sixth.

Ortega-Miranda closed out in style with three more hits and an RBI, while Bernald capped a big day with two more hits and two RBIs.

Samantha Caughie added a triple and an RBI, while Morais, Rosebrook, Hunsucker and Rhea McCoy each had a hit.

File photo – Grace Rosebrook

Overall the season was a tough one for the Corsairs because of COVID restrictions, which meant traveling to Redding for their majority of their games and no overnight stays.

The team regularly had to endure 15-to-16 hour days.

“It was a really awful schedule,” White said. “But we were willing to do anything we had to to play the games.

“I’m so glad we got to have a season. A lot of community colleges didn’t get to have a season. I think we kind of brought some normalcy back to their lives.”

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