||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
College of the Redwoods continued swinging a hot bat on Sunday and split with Feather River in a Golden Valley Conference softball doubleheader in Quincy, falling 9-6 in the opener before pounding out 14 hits in the nightcap for a 13-4 victory in five innings.
In four games at Lassen and Feather River over the weekend, Redwoods amassed 48 hits and scored 37 runs, but split each series.
Sunday’s win at Feather River was the first time since GVC play started the Corsairs won the second game of a doubleheader.
“It was actually somewhat of a breakthrough for this team,” said CR head coach Maggie White. “We’ve struggled in the second game of doubleheaders so it was great to see us come together and play as a team and get the win.”
Things started well for Redwoods in the opener as the Corsairs scored four runs in the top of the third inning and took a 5-1 lead.
Then, however, the tide turned on defensive mistakes as Feather River took advantage of five CR errors in the game to score three runs in the fourth to tie the score 5-5, and, after Redwoods retook the lead 6-5 in the fifth, the Golden Eagles pushed across four runs in the bottom of the sixth for the victory.
“The first game was pretty frustrating,” White said. “We took the lead and just had to hold it, but our defense fell apart. I’m just glad we were able to come back in the second game after taking such a loss.”
The nightcap began just as the opener ended as Feather River scored three runs in the bottom of the first on two errors for a 3-0 lead.
Then, for the first time inside conference play, Redwoods got stronger as the nightcap progressed, plating five runs in the second and four more in the third on 11 hits for a 9-4 lead.
CR third baseman Chelsea Pettett went 4-for-4 in the game with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored, while catcher Mackenzie Burgess went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Leading 9-4 in the top of the fifth, Redwoods again rallied to score four runs for a 13-4 lead and starting pitcher Tammy Valley, who struck out two and walked two in five innings, slammed the door in the bottom of the frame to put the eight-run rule in effect.
“We saw a little bit of everything from Tammy this weekend,” White said. “She had her struggles, but she also had her success. She’s really grown as a competitor and is having a great year.”
In the four games over the weekend, Burgess finished a combined 9-for-15 with eight RBIs, while Pettett was 9-for-16 with a triple, five doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored.
“Chelsea and Mackenzie are two of our better hitters and they’re really swinging it well right now,” White said. “They’ve had their struggles as well so it was nice to see them battle through a slump and hit the ball like they can.”
After the split, the Corsairs stand at 4-12 in the GVC and 5-23 overall and will play next at home against Butte in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon
Sunday’s Box Scores
Feather River 9, Redwoods 6
Redwoods- 014 010 0- 6 6 5
Feather- 011 304 x- 9 9 2
LP- Valley, 7 IP, 2 K, 2 BB
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds 1-3, R; Pettett 1-4, 2B, R; Burgess 1-4, RBI; Culbertson 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Valley 1-4, R
Redwoods 13, Feather River 4 (5 innings)
Redwoods- 054 04- 13 14 3
Feather- 301 00- 4 4 3
WP- Valley, 5 IP, 2 K, 2 BB
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds 1-4, BB, 2 R; Pettett 4-4, (2) 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Burgess 2-3, 3 RBI, R; Valley 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Culbertson 1-4, R; Moore 2-4, RBI, R; Earley 2-3, 2 R; Rapp 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 R
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