Dry weather last week allowed for a full slate of softball games in which Colusa continued to roll, picking up two wins at the expense of county rival Pierce, while Maxwell dropped a doubleheader and Williams fell twice to Durham.

Colusa 5 – Pierce 4 (4/9)

Colusa 9 – Pierce 6 (4/12)

Colusa kept pace with Willows atop the Sacramento Valley League standings after edging Pierce in two close games last week.

On April 9, Colusa got all it could handle from the Bears, but turned in the defensive play of the game, a triple play, in the top of the third to end a bases loaded threat.

The RedHawks then went on to plate three runs in the bottom of the frame and grab the lead thanks in part to a two-run single off the bat of Helena Harris.

Abby Huskey, Jessica Hickel, Dyanna Santana and Edith Moreno each had two hits for Colusa.

In the circle, Jasmine Alvarez closed out the game facing the final five Bear hitters.

On April 12, the RedHawks again emerged victorious, but no individual stats were available prior to publication.

Colusa (12-4, 4-0) played at Lindhurst on Tuesday in its only game this week but no stats were available before publication.

Colusa 5 – Pierce 4 (4/9)

Willows 5 – Pierce 4 (4/10)

Colusa 9 – Pierce 6 (4/12)

It was a hard luck week for the Bears who suffered three losses by a total of five runs including a nine inning heart breaker to Willows on April 10.

In their first game with Colusa, the Bears as they have been prone to this season, struggled to push runs across the plate and as a result saw the game slip away despite rallying in the fifth and sixth innings.

Emily Ehrke finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Grace Alonzo and Katlyn Nickell also finished with two hits as Pierce fell just short to their county rival.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same against Willows as the Bears erased a one run deficit to take the lead in the top of the seventh, only to see the Honkers answer with the equalizer in the bottom half of the frame then deliver the game winner in the ninth.

Gicelle Condrey had a big day going 4-for-5, Ehrke ended 2-for-5 and Sierra Murphy was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Hosting Colusa last Friday, the Bears gave up 13 hits to the RedHawks and were simply unable to close the gap.

Alonzo went 2-for 4-with a triple and three runs scored, Condrey and Ehrke both doubled, while Halle Charter was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Bears (8-12, 1-4) hope to stop their four game slide when they return to action in Esparto on April 24.

Quincy 6 – Maxwell 1 (4/12)

Quincy 15 – Maxwell 4

Maxwell dropped into third place in the Mountain Valley League after falling in Quincy.

No statistics were provided by the Panthers who struggled at the plate against Trojan pitcher Caitlyn James.

Now 9-12 overall and 3-3 in the MTVL, Maxwell has an extended break before returning to the diamond on April 30 in Biggs.

Durham 14 – Williams 3 (4/10)

Durham 15 – Williams 5 (4/12)

Williams (1-12, 0-6) suffered two setbacks to Durham last week and only provided statistics for last Friday’s contest.

Marlen Salazar went 2 for 3 with a double, while Noemy Salazar delivered a bases loaded double that plated three runs to lead the ’Jackets.

The Yellowjackets hit the road to play Hamilton City on April 16 and are not scheduled for another game until May 1 when they meet MVL leader East Nicolaus in Trowbridge.

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