College of the Redwoods

Local players finish strong as Corsairs close out in style

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A number of former H-DNL players closed out the college softball season in style with big performances on Monday, as College of the Redwoods split a doubleheader at home to Shasta.

After dropping game one 3-1, the Corsairs battled back to take game two 6-2, ending the season with a big double play.

Former Eureka Logger Sadie Hampton continued to lead the way at the plate and on defensive, finishing 4-for-4 with a pair of triples and three runs in the win.

Hampton, who had five hits on the day, also made a big diving catch at shortstop, where she has excelled all season.

Hoopa’s Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker also closed out the season with a big day.

The 2020 Hoopa graduate hit successfully in both games and had three stolen bases over the two games.

The team’s two sophomores also closed out their CR careers on a high.

Samantha Caughie had three hits on the day, including a pair of doubles and two RBIs in the nightcap, while Bronwyn Arnold was 2-for-3 in game two and scored twice.

“I’m proud of this team to finish the season with a win,” first-year head coach Megan Valente said. “We are sad to lose Bronwyn Arnold and Sam Caughie, but so excited to see the future of CR softball.”

McKinleyville’s Ashley Ballew also continued her impressive finish to the season and had a double in game one, while Eureka’s Ashley Pierce finished 2-for-3 in the win.

Brooke Faraimo also had a hit in each game, while Kyla Pontoni had a hit in game two.

Kylee Dewey pitched a three-hitter for the win in the circle and walked just one, while allowing just six hits in the opener.

The Chico native also made a line shot catch in the seventh inning of game two, before throwing to first for a season-ending double play.

Caughie added a running diving catch in center field for one of the defensive highlights of the day.

The CR women close out the season with a record of 7-26-1 overall and were 5-15 in the Golden Valley Conference.

Shasta is now 4-14 and 12-20.

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