From College of the Redwoods
CR softball to open GVC play at home
Mar 6, 2014 - 6:32:28 PM
The College of the Redwoods softball team gets a fresh start to the second half of its season this weekend as the Corsairs open Golden Valley Conference play with a pair of doubleheaders.
CR will host Feather River on Friday, starting at 1 p.m. (the original start time of noon was pushed back) and Lassen on Saturday, starting at noon.
“It’s kind of like starting our second season and it’s especially nice to be at home,” said CR’s 18th-year head coach Maggie White. “It’s a chance for a fresh start.”
Although CR (1-11), which has lost its last four games heading into its conference opener, has not enjoyed much success through its opening 12 games, the good news for the Corsairs is neither has the GVC.
The entire conference is 14-52 combined, with Butte and Shasta currently tied atop the league standings at 5-5 overall.
The rest of the conference (Lassen, Siskiyous, Feather River and CR) have just one win this season and have a combined overall record of 4-42.
“Everybody’s beatable in the conference so it’s going to come down to which team plays the best and wants it the most,” said White, whose Corsairs could advance to the state playoffs with a first- or second-place finish in the GVC. “If we play well the rest of the way we can get a postseason bid, which is always the goal. And I feel we have the pitching to do it.”
In the circle, it’s been sophomore starter Tammy Valley who has carried most of the load, striking out 43 and allowing just 21 earned runs in 40 innings of work.
Valley’s 43 Ks is second in the GVC, just one behind Shasta’s Megan McColpin’s 44, who has 10 more innings pitched.
“Tammy’s a sophomore and has made huge improvements from last year,” White said. “She’s worked hard and developed a couple new pitches. She’s also got more control and more movement and she’s throwing harder.”
Leading the way for the Corsairs at the plate through pre-conference play has been third baseman and pitcher Chelsea Pettett, who went 9-for-18 in her past six games combined with three doubles and a home run.
Pettett is currently hitting .394 for the Corsairs, followed by leadoff batter Morgan Psalmonds .378 batting average.
“We just need to play like we can and relax,” White said. “There’s always going to be a little bit of nerves in the home opener, but I’m hoping we can settle down, play hard and win the games.”
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