Eagles two wins from state title

Steve Gerace
Sophomore pitcher Jackie Imhof during her game-one no-hitter in College of the Siskiyous' first round Nor Cal playoff sweep of Yuba College May 3 in Weed.

College of the Siskiyous is two wins away from a state softball championship after scoring a pair of opening day victories Friday in Salinas.

The Eagles, 47-3 for the season as of Saturday morning, played at state the way they’ve been playing all season, defeating Riverside in the tournament opener, 10-2, then blanking Sierra, 5-0.

Seeded No. 1 from the North, Siskiyous is scheduled to play again Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with a chance to advance to the championship round of the double elimination tournament without a loss.

If they win Saturday evening’s game, the Eagles will play for the title starting at noon on Sunday.

Crissy Watts hit a grand slam home run to help end the Riverside game in the bottom of the sixth inning by the eight-run rule.

Pitcher Jackie Imhof (28-2) allowed just one run and three hits and struck out seven in five innings. Freshman Jordyn Brown pitched the final inning.

The Eagles had 11 hits in the game, two each by Katie Zauner, Cheyanna Ohlrich and Angelina Cruz.

Ali Paz walked three times and scored a run, Ohlrich and Zauner both scored twice, and Watts drove in four.

Sierra, the No. 3 seed from the North, upset South No. 2 Cerritos in the first round, 3-2.

But Sierra had no answers against Imhof, who struck out six, walked one and allowed just three hits in the seven-inning second round game.

The Eagles held a slim 1-0 lead before scoring four times in the top of the sixth.

Carlene Morgan was 2-for-3 with a home run, double and 2 RBI, and Paz went 3-for-4.

Ohlrich, like Imhof an All-America pick this spring, had her second double of the tournament and drove in a run.

Watts singled and drove in one.

Siskiyous’ foe in the Saturday evening winners’ bracket game will be either   South No. 1 Cypress or South No. 3 Mt. SAC.

By the time the Eagles play again, five of the eight teams in the tournament will have been eliminated.