College of the Siskiyous softball players gathered up a ton of postseason honors over the weekend but the season is far from over for the state’s No. 1 ranked team.
After a second consecutive undefeated Golden Valley Conference season, 11 Eagles received one form of honor or another, including All-America recognition for sophomore pitcher Jackie Imhof.
The team also learned that it will open the playoffs this weekend at home against the No. 16 ranked team in Northern California, Yuba College of Marysville. The best of three first round series will begin Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. on the Eagles’ Weed field, where the home team hasn’t lost a game in more than three years. Game 2 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, and the finale, if necessary, will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
While the Eagles are 41-3 overall this season, Yuba is 14-26 and received its playoff spot because of a second place finish in its conference.
With a win, the Eagles would advance to play at home again the following weekend.
The Eagles have won their way to the state tournament the past two seasons but didn’t get as far as they would have liked.
“This is the year we need to make it happen,” coach Doug Eastman said earlier this week.
This is the year the Eagles have first team All-State and All-America pitcher Jackie Imhof, who is also the Golden Valley Conference’s Most Valuable Pitcher and the Pitcher of the Year in Northern California.
Imhof was just about untouchable during the season, with a state-leading 0.38 earned run average, 27-2 record and 228 strikeouts in 179.2 innings.
She’s already signed a Division I full-ride scholarship with San Jose State.
This is the year the Eagles have sophomore shortstop Ali Paz, the GVC’s Most Valuable Player and a first team All-State pick. Paz and teammate Courtney Wooden have signed scholarships with Concordia University of Oregon.
Paz has a .405 batting average with 10 home runs and 44 runs batted in in 44 games. She’s also a key component on a defense that committed only 15 errors as a team this season and boasts a .964 fielding average.
Sophomore centerfielder  Katie Zauner and sophomore second base player Cheyanna Ohlrich both earned All-Northern California honors and were first team All-GVC.
Zauner has a team-leading .441 batting average and team-leading 60 runs scored, as well as 36 RBI.
Ohlrich is hitting .400 with 8 home runs and 48 RBI.
They both earned All-America consideration, according to Eastman, and have both signed Division I scholarships with USC Upstate in South Carolina.
Other Eagle sophomores are also in the process of signing scholarships, Eastman said, and several others earned All-GVC recognition.
Along with Zauner and Ohlrich, sophomore catcher Nikki Kemper and sophomore right fielder Carlene Morgan were both named first team All-GVC.
Freshman pitcher Jordyn Brown claimed the GVC’s Rookie of the Year award. She heads into the postseason with a perfect 12-0 record and an 0.40 ERA.
Earning spots on the All-GVC second team for the Eagles were freshman designated player Angelina Cruz, freshman leftfielder Shawna Mayo, sophomore first base player Brittnee McNeely, and sophomore pitcher Catherine Schorn.
Shasta College, which finished second to COS in the GVC and gave the Eagles their toughest tests this season, received the No. 8 seed in the Northern California playoffs and is scheduled to host No. 9 Delta this weekend. Depending on what happens elsewhere, Shasta could be returning to Weed for a second round series May 9-10.