So much for the showdown.
College of the Siskiyous' Lady Eagles claimed their sixth straight Golden Valley Conference title by 10-running Feather River in both games of an April 19 doubleheader in Weed, 13-0 and 10-0.
COS’ offensive firepower exploded in the first inning of the opener by batting around and plating five runs. Faith Evenson (five RBIs in Game 1) and Meredith Barnes went deep to put the home team in control.
It was 10-0 by the third, which begged the question: how did COS lose twice to the Golden Eagles in Quincy?
“It’s like the Lakers losing at the end of the season. You don’t show up,” said COS coach Doug Eastman. “With things like long road trips, sometimes you are flat. It’s one of those things where when we are good, we can beat anybody. This is a great group. They want it. When we get hot it’s a scary thing for the other team to handle.”
McKaylee Pittman also homered and drove in two.
It just got scarier for Feather River in Game 2. Screaming Eagle Dacia Hale did the honors this time with a grand slam in the first after Evenson, Pittman and Meredith Barnes reached base.
“It was an outside pitch. I have been working on that in practice with my coach. I saw the results in practice and knew that is the pitch for me now,” Hale said.
The second inning was more of the same. Amanda Krueger put down a nice bunt that loaded the bases after a walk and a Kathryn Persaud single.
Evenson followed with a long two-run double for 6-0. Pittman then drove a two-run double off the left field fence for 8-0.
Barnes struckout but still reached base on a wild pitch. Hale then lined a two-run single that made it 10-0. That’s how good it was going for the Eagles.
A 34-5 record and another conference championship was in the bag long before the conclusion of Game 2.
Eagles Anna Miller and Vanessa Bodily got the job done in the pitching department, not allowing a run to cross home plate.
“We had to win six in a row to get this. They know what they needed to do,” Eastman said. “The focus was there. 23-0 in two games; that will make people think a little bit. When we are on, we can beat anybody. We have to keep this team ready to go and not have a flat day. A flat day in the playoffs can send you home. We have three weeks off now. It’s a little tough to keep focused. We will be off for five days for Easter.”
Power up and down the Eagles’ lineup
There’s a reason COS has slugged 54 homers in 39 games.
They work at it.
“Lifting weights, it pays off. They get their work in whether I am here or not,” Eastman said.
Pittman and Evenson are hitting over .500 with plenty of homers.
“You just don’t see that type of average very often,” Eastman said. “We have power in the eight hole. There’s no dropoff. It puts pressure on the other team. It makes my job easier.”
Eastman is hoping for a No. 2 seed and get home field advantage straight through the super regionals before the state tournament.
“We want to fill this place for the playoffs,” Eastman said, pointing to the area behind the outfield field fences.
“That will be great for the girls. That’s what it is all about. Give them something to remember.”
Six straight titles for COS softball
So much for the showdown.