Eagles on road for softball playoffs

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Sophomore Jordyn Brown pitching for College of the Siskiyous against Shasta Friday, April 9, 2010 in Weed.

College of the Siskiyous didn’t get the softball seed it hoped for to start the Northern California postseason, but head coach Doug Eastman got everything he wanted when it came to postseason awards for his players.

The Eagles, co-champions in the Golden Valley Conference, wanted to host the first weekend and needed a top 8 seed to do that.

Eastman said he thought they deserved the No. 6 seed. Instead, after three years of hosting, they’re going on the road to No. 8 San Jose as the No. 9 seed.

The winner of that best of three series Saturday and Sunday will advance to a four-team state qualifying tournament at either No. 1 Sierra College or No. 2 Sacramento City.

Eastman said he won’t have to worry about all the big and little things involved in hosting.

“We’ll just travel and play ball... I?like how we match up with San Jose... If you play well, you’re fine; if you don’t, you’re not fine. We have enough talent to beat the other team. That’s not a bad situation to be in.”

As for postseason awards following their 15-5 GVC season (28-11 overall), the Eagles got plenty.

Pitcher Jordyn Brown was the GVC pitcher of the year, which also earned her a spot on the all-state team.

Outfielder Meredith Barnes was first-team all-GVC and all-Northern California.

Making first-team all-GVC were infielder Amanda Krueger, first base/DP Janelle Cromie, and outfielder Dacia Hale.

“They work hard and take it seriously,” Eastman said of this year’s stars. “They all deserved the recognition.”

Second-team all-GVC picks were pitcher Hannah Cooke, catcher Kylie Cantrell, infielder Krystal Huffman, infielder Angelina Cruz, infielder McKaylee Pittman, and catcher Emily Tietje.

The Eagles are planning to travel to San Jose on Friday and practice on “probably the nicest park in the state” before Saturday's playoff opener, Eastman said.

Freshman outfielder Meredith Kate Barnes leads the Eagles with a .375 batting average, is 3rd in the state with 136 at-bats and 14th in the state with 40 runs scored. She was named to the all-Northern California team.