Eagles sweep GVC leader Feather River

Dave Sjostedt
College of the Siskiyous Eagle shortstop Braydi Johnson puts the tag on a Butte baserunner trying to steal second.

Games re-scheduled from rain-outs caused the College of the Siskiyous softball team to play 3 doubleheaders in a 4 day span last week. They won 3 of the 6 games including a sweep of Golden Valley Conference leader Feather River.

The Golden Eagles came to Weed on Wednesday 8-0 in the conference and left with a 2-game losing streak.

The Eagles won the first game 8-0 in a contest closer than the score would indicate. They exploded for 7 runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie in what had been a pitcher’s duel.

Erica Skelton got the complete game shutout in her best effort of the year. She scattered 6 hits and struck out 4 in shutting down the GVC leader in runs scored.

Miranda Zanni belted a bases-loaded triple and Emma Foster got her first homer of the year to lead the Eagles. Braydi Johnson and Macie Reynolds each had 2 hits.

In the second game, starting pitcher Jolene Rhoades didn’t have her best stuff and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 1.1 innings before Kaitlyn Bowman came in to put out the fire. She pitched 5.2 innings of shutout ball, surrendering only 2 hits and striking out 9.

Behind 4-0, the offense put up 3 runs in the third inning and 2 in the fifth and sixth to get the win. Macie Reynolds doubled twice and had 2 RBIs and Emma Foster went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Ashley Cox knocked in 2 runs.

The Eagles dropped a Friday doubleheader to Butte 8-0 and 8-6. They led 3-2 in the first game, gave up 6 unanswered runs to the Roadrunners, and then saw their late 3-run rally fall short.

The Eagles came back on Saturday to split with College of the Redwoods, winning the first game with a seventh inning comeback, and committing 6 errors in the second game to fritter away a 4-1 lead.

Kaitlyn Bowman got the complete game win in the first contest, giving up 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 batters.

Macie Reynolds hit her GVC-leading sixth homer of the year, and Ashley Cox singled in Emma Foster who had doubled.

Eagle pitchers Jolene Rhoades and Megan Dean were victimized by 6 errors in the second game. Only 1 of the 5 runs they gave up was earned.

COS could only scratch out 3 hits but took advantage of 5 walks to score their runs. Emma Foster doubled in a run and Miranda Zanni singled in 2 runs.

The Eagles are 6-8 in GVC play and in fourth place.

They close out their season with road doubleheaders at Feather River on Wednesday and Shasta on Friday.