||Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015 - 12:56:47 PM
College of the Redwoods second baseman Sarah Ringler hit her seventh home run of the season on Saturday, breaking the school’s previous single-season record of six, and the Corsairs won back-to-back games for the first time this season, sweeping Butte 6-2 and 9-3 in a Golden Valley Conference doubleheader in Oroville.
Ringler has homered three times in her past four games, surpassing Jaslyn Butcher’s former record of six, set in 2006.
“It just happened,” said Ringler, a St. Bernard’s graduate. “I knew I tied the record last weekend, so this weekend I was just trying not to think about it too much. ”
Ringler’s record-breaking two-run home run came in the fifth inning of the second game, extending the Corsairs’ lead from 4-1 to 6-1.
CR center fielder Amber Earley (Ferndale) also went deep on the afternoon, adding her fifth home run of the season in the opener to go along with a pair of outstanding defensive plays.
“It was nice to finally get a sweep,” said CR head coach Maggie White. “We played well, but the key today was we didn’t allow the big inning which has hurt us all season.”
Between the two games combined, Butte actually outhit CR 19-18, but the Corsairs got the hits when they counted this time, outscoring the Roadrunners 15-5 and never trailed in the doubleheader.
In the opener, Redwoods jumped on top quickly, stringing together three hits and scoring three runs for an early 3-0 advantage.
The Corsairs led 4-1 in the fifth when Earley hit a solo shot to left field for a 5-1 lead, and CR catcher Ashley Litalien also hit a solo shot in the sixth, which was her second of the season.
As a team, Redwoods now has 19 home runs on the year, which is also a school record.
CR starting pitcher Tammy Valley went all seven innings in the win, allowing six hits with three strikeouts, while at the plate, Earley finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs and Amber Litalien went 2-for-3 with a run.
In the second game, it was starting pitcher Kassie Pruett who got the complete-game victory, striking out two with no walks, while Ringler went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Valley went 2-for-4 with a double.
“Our pitchers really did an outstanding job today,” White said. “They did a great job throwing strikes and kept their composure.”
With the wins, Redwoods improves to 6-12 in the GVC and 8-29 overall.
The Corsairs finish the year with a doubleheader at Siskiyous next Saturday.
Saturday’s Box Scores
Redwoods 6, Butte 2
Redwoods- 310 001 1- 6 9 1
Butte- 001 001 0- 2 6 1
WP- Valley, 7 IP, 3 K, 3 BB
Hitting- (CR) Earley 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, Pruett 1-4, R, Jones 2-4, RBI, As. Litalien 1-4, HR, RBI, R, Ringler 0-1, RBI, Valley 1-4, Am. Litalien 2-3, R
Redwoods 9, Butte 3
Redwoods- 202 021 1- 9 9 1
Butte- 101 010 0- 3 13 7
WP- Pruett, 7 IP, 2 K, 0 BB
Hitting- (CR) Earley 0-2, R, Pruett 1-4, Gorge 1-5, R, As. Litalien 1-3, 2 R, Ringler 3-4, HR, 4 RBI, Valley 2-4, 2B, Am. Litalien 1-4
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