SPORTS

Eagles eye showdown for GVC title Saturday in Quincy

Steve Gerace
College of the Siskiyous freshman Hannah Cooke was the starting pitching in the second game of a key Golden Valley Conference doubleheader against Shasta on Friday, April 9, 2010, in Weed.

The College of the Siskiyous softball team started and ended a four-game weekend homestand tied for first place in the Golden Valley Conference, but the team they shared the lead with changed.

Siskiyous hit 6 home runs on the way to winning 3 of their 4 games April 9 and 10 and is 12-4 in GVC play, as is Feather River.

Shasta College, which started the weekend tied for first place with Siskiyous and split a twinbill Friday in Weed, got swept by Feather River on Saturday and fell to 10-6.

The Eagles lost Friday’s opener to Shasta, 10-6, then won the nightcap, 9-6. They swept Butte on Saturday, 5-4 and 8-0, and are scheduled to host Redwoods this Friday in Weed at noon and 2 p.m.,

This Saturday, Siskiyous will play at Feather River in Quincy in a regular season-ending doubleheader that could decide the conference championship.

Siskiyous and Feather River split when they played each other earlier in the season in Weed, and the Eagles beat them in a non-conference game before that.

“They’re a solid team,”?Eagles’ coach Doug Eastman said of Feather River.

After some tough going from mid-February to mid-March, Siskiyous has won 15 of its last 17 games to improve its overall record to 26-10.

The Eagles definitely have the most power among GVC teams with 35 home runs for the season. Feather River is second with 21. They also have the best team earned run average in the conference at 1.40. Feather River is second best at 2.23.

But the Eagles have given up more runs (109) than both Shasta (91) and Feather (104). “We’re not the best fielding team in the conference,”?Eastman said. “But we’re playing better ball than the first half of the season. Our young players are getting more comfortable.”

A five-run rally in the bottom of the third inning helped the Eagles defeat Shasta in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader after they had fallen behind 5-2.

Freshman Hannah Cooke was the winning pitcher in the nightcap and the winning pitcher in Saturday’s second game against Butte, improving her record to 11-2 with a 1.36 ERA.

Sophomore Jordyn Brown went the distance and got the win in the opener against Butte. She was the losing pitcher in game one against Shasta then pitched the final two innings of the nightcap to earn a save. She is 11-7 for the season with a 1.21 ERA.

Brown, McKaylee Pittman and Dacia Hale hit home runs in Friday’s second game, after Meredith Barnes hit one in the opener.

Brown had 4 hits and drove in 8 runs in the two games against Shasta; Cromie drove in 5 against Butte. Barnes had 8 hits in the four games.

The Eagles also won a pair of GVC games last Wednesday at Redwoods in Eureka. For more about that and more photos, visit mtshastanews.com.