College of the Redwoods

CR women sweep Yuba in home-opening doubleheader

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College of the Redwoods made it four straight wins in softball on Wednesday as the Corsairs swept a doubleheader against Yuba College in their home openers.

The CR women won 9-3 and 4-3 at the Bear River Recreation Center and improved to 8-6 on the season.

Redwoods overcame an early 3-1 deficit in game one with four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings and they made it stick.

Sadie Hampton continued to impress at the plate and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and her team-leading seventh stolen base of the season.

Ashley Ballew, Brooke Faraimo and Kyla Cockerham each also had two hits in the win, with Cockerham also stealing a pair of bases.

CR’s Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker, Kyla Pontoni and Caitlin Caughie each also had a hit.

Kylee Dewey got the win in the circle, her fourth of the year, while Hunsucker returned behind the plate and helped compete a key double play when she threw out a runner at first after Dewey had thrown a change-up to strike out a batter.

“Watching this team celebrate those little victories makes all the hard days worth it,” head coach Megan Valente said. “We have so much talent and we still have work to go, but winning and a sweep is always fun. Every game it’s been somebody new stepping up to help the team win.”

Allie Egbert got the win in the circle in game two, as the Corsairs once again rallied from an early deficit, with Hunsucker driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory.

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Egbert, who has made an immediate impact since joining the team out of McKinleyville, struck out five and walked just two for the victory, also her fourth of the season.

With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Hunsucker hit a grounder to short stop with runners at first and second, and she beat out the throw to first after the visitors tried for a double play, while scoring Ballew for the win.

Egbert helped her own cause with a pair of hits, a walk and an RBI, while Pontoni finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs.

Faraimo also had two hits, while Hampton, Ballew, Cockerham and Renee Metz each also had a base hit.

The CR women continue an eight-game home stand next Thursday when they host Mendocino College in a doubleheader.

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