Maxwell winless, Colusa softball third at Randy Watt Invitational

Despite the fact that the Colusa RedHawks varsity softball team didn’t lose a game at their own tournament last week, they earned a third place finish at the Randy Watt Invitational Varsity Softball Tournament.

Colusa opened the tournament against Maxwell on Friday, cruising to a 8-0 win.

Senior ace Sidney Lay was dominant from the circle, pitching a no-no with seven strikeouts in a game that was over after five innings. Grace Waddell was the lone Maxwell runner to reach base against Lay – and she did so on an error in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Lay also led the way at the plate for Colusa, knocking in three RBIs. Jessica Rico and Lexi Hernandez each doubled for Colusa, and Maxwell’s struggles from the circle – the Panthers walked seven batters, in addition to four RedHawks being hit by a pitch – helped Colusa cruise to a victory by the mercy rule.

Colusa followed the win against Maxwell with a 7-3 win over Colfax on Friday afternoon.  Addie Taylor got the start and the win for the RedHawks, allowing six hits and striking out two batters. Ashley Huff, Josie Garofalo, Dyanna Santana each plated a run and had two hits to pave the way for the victory. Sidney Lay came up hobbled after making a play at second base against Colfox, forcing her early exit, and she was kept off the field for the remainder of the tournament. Head coach Jamie Lay said that she just tweaked her knee, and would be returning to action this week.

Colusa played Corning sans Sidney Lay on Friday morning – a game that ended in a 1-1 tie. Santana had a pair of hits for Colusa, Huff and Garofalo each had a double, and Merissa Alameda’s solo home-run in the sixth was Colusa’s only run in the game. Taylor got the start again for Colusa, allowing just five hits and striking out three. After tying Corning in the game, Colusa had to go to the fourth tie-breaker to determine which of the two teams would play in the championship game. Colusa narrowly lost out on total runs scored, and had to play Willows for third place. With Taylor in the circle again, Colusa earned a 10-5 win. Garofalo had two hits, including a double, and Santana had a double of her own in the win over the Honkers.

After losing to Colusa in their opening game of the tournament, Maxwell fell 10-2 to Corning on Friday afternoon, and 12-2 to Colfax on Saturday.

Next up, Colusa (4-0-1) travels to play Oroville (1-3) on March 20, while Maxwell (1-3) hosts rivals Biggs (4-0) on Friday.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net