||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
In the bottom of the seventh inning, College of the Redwoods got the potential game-winning run to second base with two outs, but a hard line drive up the middle by Kristyn Rook was snagged out of the air by Mendocino’s pitcher and the CR softball team fell 5-4 in the first game of its season-opening doubleheader at Santa Rosa Junior College on Friday.
The Corsairs fell to Santa Rosa 5-0 in the nightcap, but got a strong performance from starting pitcher Tammy Valley, who went six innings with five strikeouts and two walks with only one earned run.
“For the first games of the season, I’m really proud of the way these ladies competed today,” said CR’s 18th-year head coach Maggie White. “We lost a game we could have very easily won and then we hung right with a pretty talented Santa Rosa team.”
In the opener, after being tied 2-2 in the second and then again 4-4 in the sixth, Mendocino took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh after a one-out triple.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Corsairs got the game-tying and game-winning runs to second and third, but Rook’s potential game-winning hit was snow-coned out of the air.
“It was a tough loss,” White said. “Definitely a game we could have won.”
The Corsairs out-hit the Eagles 11-8.
CR starting pitcher Cecilia Moore went six innings in the circle, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts, while at the plate, right fielder Bethany Rapp went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Morgan Psalmonds, Chelsea Pettett and McKenzie Burgess all went 2-for-4.
In the nightcap, after allowing a double and an earned run in the bottom of the first inning, Valley went the next three innings allowing just two hits, holding Santa Rosa to a 1-0 lead through four complete innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, Redwoods made both of its defensive errors and the Bear Cubs pushed four unearned runs across the plate.
“We didn’t finish strong but the score doesn’t really tell the story,” White said.
Valley and Pettett had the Corsairs’ only hits, which were a single and double, respectively.
With the losses, the Corsairs drop to 0-2 on the season and will play next at Mendocino Feb. 13.
Friday’s Box Scores
at Santa Rosa
Mendocino 5, Redwoods 4
Mendo- 020 200 1- 5 8 3
Redwoods- 200 011 x- 4 11 2
LP- Pettett, 1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds, 2-4, 2 R, Earley 1-4, Pettett 2-4, RBI, Burgess 2-4, RBI, Valley 1-4, Moore 1-3, R, Rapp 2-3, RBI
Santa Rosa 5, Redwoods 0
Redwoods- 000 000 0- 0 2 2
Santa Rosa- 100 040 x- 5 6 1
LP- Valley, 6 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 ER
Hitting- (CR) Pettett 1-3, Valley 1-3
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