From College of the Redwoods
Softball to host final games of the season
Apr 17, 2014 - 7:06:21 PM
College of the Redwoods will play its final two softball games of the 2014 season on Friday as the Corsairs host Siskiyous in a Golden Valley Conference doubleheader at noon.
It will also be sophomore day for the Corsairs, who will honor their four sophomores, Tammy Valley, Sierra Earley, Elise Culbertson and Kristyn Rook, with a pre-game ceremony.
“It’s always a special day for them,” said CR head coach Maggie White, who will close out her 18th season at the helm. “And it’s always a little bittersweet. The players are a little sad it’s coming to an end, but then they’re excited about the future at the same time.”
The Corsairs will look to bounce back and finish the season strong following a rough doubleheader with Butte last Saturday, when Redwoods gave up 20 runs in the third inning of game one to lose 21-2, and were no-hit in the second game, falling 8-0 in six innings.
Those two games, which came on the heels of a 48-hit, 37-run week the previous four games, should serve as motivation for the Corsairs to end the season on a high note.
“We just need to get back to hitting the ball like we can,” White said. “We know we can do it. We’ve proven it. We just have to concentrate and focus and be confident.”
CR split with Siskiyous in their previous meeting, winning the first game of the doubleheader 7-2 before falling in the nightcap 9-1.
The two teams reversed roles in the two games, with CR applying offensive pressure to a struggling Siskiyous defense in the opener, and vice-versa in the second game.
“We played them pretty tough the last time but the big key for us is just putting the ball in play,” White said.
Valley will make her final starts as a Corsair pitcher as she looks to close out a strong two-year career for the Corsairs.
“Tammy’s had a great year for us,” White said. “She’s thrown most of our innings and she’s definitely improved a lot from last year. Now she’s got a few four-year schools that have shown interest and hopefully she can continue improving at the next level. The good thing about Tammy is she’s also a great student, which helps not only in the classroom but also on the softball field.”
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