A bid by the Colusa RedHawks softball team to reach the NSCIF Division IV championship game ended last Thursday in Yreka as the No. 6 Miners staged a late inning rally to overtake the No. 7 RedHawks in a 6-4 heartbreaker.
Initially all was well for Colusa, as the RedHawks jumped ahead in the second inning after scoring two unearned runs then added on in the top of the fifth when senior Helena Harris homered to plate two more.
However, it wouldn’t be enough to hold the lead as the Miners answered with two home runs of their own in the home half of the sixth as part of a five run outpouring, dashing the hopes of the visiting RedHawks.
Sophomore Makayla Frias finished 2-for-4 while Dyanna Santana and Gracie Myers each recorded hits in their final game for the cardinal and white.
To get to the second round, Colusa first had to get through No. 10 Wheatland and No. 2 Central Valley in a doubleheader in Shasta Lake on May 14.
In the first game of the day against the Pirates, Alexis Price and Jessica Hickel each went 2-for-3 while Abby Huskey doubled.
In the circle Cynthia Velasquez picked up the win limiting the Pirates to a single run and just five hits.
In the night cap, coach Jamie Lay showed why he’s one of the north state’s best, implementing a strategy that worked to perfection as the speedy RedHawks used the bunt to load the bases ahead of the lineup’s big bats which delivered six doubles.
To further frustrate the Falcons, Lay then intentionally walked Central Valley’s Raegan Breedlove, one of the Northern Section’s top hitters four times, much to the dismay of the hometown crowd.
Harris accounted for two of the six two baggers as part of her 2-for-4 day at the plate, while Huskey, Price, Santana and Lexi Hernandez accounted for the other four in the upset.
The pitching combination of Jasmine Alvarez and Velasquez held the Falcons in check throughout the game.
While Colusa (16-10) will lose five seniors to graduation, it has a solid core to build around next year.
Velasquez and Hernandez will return for their senior seasons, but additionally the RedHawks will look to Frias behind the plate, Price on the left side of the infield and Alvarez who will platoon in the circle, to play significant roles.