College of the Siskiyous is seeded No. 13 in Northern California, while Sierra, which won the state championship in 2015, is No. 4.
Returning to the state softball playoffs for the first time since 2012, College of the Siskiyous is scheduled to play a best of three first round series at Sierra College beginning Friday at 2 p.m. in Rocklin.
Though they finished second in the Golden Valley Conference, one game behind Feather River, the Eagles are the top seed from the GVC because Feather River was ineligible for the postseason.
Siskiyous (20-20 overall) is seeded No. 13 in Northern California, while Sierra (32-8), which won the state championship in 2015, is No. 4. After Friday's first game, the second game -- and third game if needed -- will be played Saturday afternoon at Sierra.
The Eagles go into the postseason with four 1st Team All-Conference players, two 2nd Team picks, and the 2017 GVC Coach of the Year, Jon Cox.
Sophomore shortstop Kaly Alik was both All-GVC and All-Northern California.
Sophomore Kendall Moser was one of two 1st Team pitchers; sophomores Hannah Newman and Ashley Cain of Mount Shasta joined Alik as 1st Team infielders; sophomore Grace Lenthe was a 2nd Team infielder, and sophomore Kaitlin Cox (no relation to the coach) was a 2nd Team outfielder.
Mia Torres of Lassen was selected as the GVC’s Player of the Year, and Emily Mitchell of Feather River was Pitcher of the Year.
Feather River went 15-5 in conference, Siskiyous was 14-6, Butte 11-9, Lassen 10-10, Redwoods 7-13 and Shasta 3-17.
The Eagles had the No. 1 offense in the GVC. Though they only hit 4 home runs in their 20 conference games, the Eagles led the GVC in batting average (.316), runs scored (110), runs batted in (83), on base percentage (.380), slugging percentage (.419), hits (163), and triples (8). They tied Feather River for most doubles (25) and were second to Lassen in walks.
Cox, a former Eagle baseball player now in his fifth season as the softball coach after replacing Doug Eastman, said he believes the Eagles can be “very competitive” against Sierra.
He said Sierra has a potent offense and is well-coached, “but I feel their pitching is average, which gives us an opportunity to be successful.”
The key for the Eagles, Cox said, is: “We have to play good defense and manufacture runs.”
He was looking forward to having a good week of weather to prepare, although he plans to stress mental as well as physical preparation.