College of the Siskiyous and Feather River are tied for first place in the Golden Valley Conference. They face each other in the final regular season softball doubleheader of the season April 19 in Weed, beginning at noon.
After riding a rollercoaster that took them from first place to third place and back in five days, College of the Siskiyous will host Feather River Tuesday, April 19, with a chance to win the Golden Valley Conference championship.
The GVC standings rattled and shook as the top three teams traded doubleheader sweeps last week, but the ride ended where it began with Siskiyous and Feather River tied for first and Shasta one game back.
The Eagles are hoping fans come out in droves for Tuesday's regular season finale, which will determine the conference title one way or another. With two wins, the Eagles will win the championship outright. A split will give each team a share of the title. The third alternative, according to Siskiyous coach Doug Eastman, "we don't even want to mention." The first game starts at noon.
If you're looking for clues about what to expect they may be hard to find after last week's head-snapping action.
Siskiyous lost twice to Feather River last Tuesday in Quincy, then beat Shasta twice Friday in Redding. On Saturday, while the Eagles were taking a pair from Butte in Weed, Shasta knocked off visiting Feather River twice.
The most dramatic swing of the week was provided by Eagles sophomore Meredith Barnes, who hit a three-run seventh inning home run Saturday at Shasta to the tie the score when the Eagles were down to their final out and final strike. They then won it in extra innings.
"I was thinking, 'Get a base hit,' said Barnes. "(The pitch) was inside and I turned on it." Of the celebration that followed, she said, "That was fun."
Eastman called that game at Shasta "one of the most stressful and exciting" he's experienced as the Eagles' coach. It could easily have ended bad when Shasta loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first extra inning. But freshman pitcher Anna Miller struck the next batter out, then got out of the jam with a doubleheader that started with "a line drive bullet to first."
Shasta also got runners to second and third in the ninth inning before Miller struck out the final batter.
"The softball gods were looking down on us," said Eastman.