College of the Redwoods

Corsairs rally to secure doubleheader split with Siskiyous

Submitted photo – The CR women after their doubleheader split with Siskiyous on Saturday.

The Corsairs moved up to fourth in the Golden Valley Conference softball standings with a doubleheader split against College of the Siskiyous on Saturday.

After dropping the opener in heartbreaking fashion, 7-6 in eight innings, the College of the Redwoods women responded with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory in game two.

“The first game was a heartbreaker, and I’m proud of these girls for coming out and getting the win,” head coach Megan Valente said. “It was nice to see every player’s potential come out today and play like we know they can.”

After rallying to tie game one in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, the CR women were unable to carry that momentum into the eighth, with the visitors scoring the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning and making it count.

At the plate in the opener, Sade Hampton finished 2-for-5 with a double and two runs, while Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker was 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and two runs, and Kyla Pontoni was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Brooke Faraimo got the win in the circle in game two, her second of the season, as the CR women rallied from a two-run deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control of the game.

The consistent Hampton stayed hot at the plate and had a triple and two RBIs, while Ashley Ballew was 2-for-2 with a walk to cap a three-hit day at the plate for the former McKinleyville Panther.

Pontoni also was 2-for-3 with an RBI for her second multi-hit game of the day.

Ashley Pierce, Kathryce Danzuka and Sam Caughie each also had a hit in both games, while the team’s defense was key in the win, with an errorless performance.

With the split, the Corsairs are now 4-14 in conference and 6-25-1 overall, while Siskiyous is 9-7 and 17-19.

The Corsairs close out the season with a doubleheader at home to Shasta on Monday.

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