||Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015 - 12:56:47 PM
College of the Redwoods battled on sophomore day, but came up short in the end twice, falling to Siskiyous 4-2 and 5-3 in the softball team’s final Golden Valley Conference doubleheader of the season on Friday in Eureka.
Redwoods had eight hits in the opener as freshman catcher Mackenzie Burgess went 4-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, but the Corsairs failed to score a run after the third inning.
CR starting pitcher Tammy Valley went the distance in both games, making her final outing as a Corsair, striking out 11 with two walks in the 14 innings of work.
“Tammy pitched well today,” said CR head coach Maggie White. “She pitched well enough to win both games, but we just couldn’t find a way to get it done.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning of the opener, CR rallied for single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings as sophomores Kristyn Rook and Valley each delivered RBI doubles to make it 3-2, which held to the top of the seventh.
In the nightcap, the Corsairs struck early as leadoff batter Morgan Psalmonds led off the game with a double, which was followed by a walk to Chelsea Pettett and both players came around to score for a 2-1 lead.
Then, in similar fashion to the opener, Redwoods’ bats went quiet in the middle innings and the Eagles scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 3-2 lead before adding a pair of runs in the seventh for a 5-2 advantage heading into the last inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Psalmonds and Pettett reached base consecutively to start the inning, but only Psalmonds came around to score this time as Siskiyous starting pitcher Katelyn Bauman, who also pitched all 14 innings, was able to shut the door for the back-to-back victories.
Psalmonds finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base, while right fielder Cecilia Moore went 2-for-4.
“We came up a little short today, but I’m still proud of the ladies for their commitment and their improvement over the course of the season,” White said. “We overcame quite a bit of adversity this year so I’m really proud of the girls for sticking it out to the end. We never gave up.”
After the sweep, the Corsairs finish the year at 4-16 in the Golden Valley Conference and 5-27 overall.
Friday’s Box Scores
Siskiyous 4, Redwoods 2
Siskiyous- 021 000 1- 4 10 1
Redwoods- 011 000 0- 2 8 0
LP- Valley 7 IP, 7 K, 1 BB
Hitting- (CR) Culbertson 1-4; Burgess 4-4, R; Valley 1-3, 2B; Pettett 1-2, 2B, R; Rook 1-3, 2B, RBI
Siskiyous 5, Redwoods 3
Siskiyous- 100 011 2- 5 9 2
Redwoods- 200 000 1- 3 7 4
LP- Valley 7 IP, 4 K, 1 BB
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds 3-4, 2B, SB, 2 R; Pettett 1-3, R; Burgess 1-3; Moore 2-4
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