The Colusa RedHawks softball squad got a tough introduction to Sutter High School’s star sophomore pitcher Hailey Peterson in their game in Sutter on May 8: Peterson pitched a complete game shut-out, allowing just two hits and striking out 12 of the 26 RedHawks batters she faced.
Her counterpart, Sidney Lay, got the start in the circle for the RedHawks and pitched four innings,allowing three earned runs on nine hits. Addie Taylor pitched two scoreless innings in relief, retiring the side in both the fifth and the sixth innings.
The Huskies did all of their damage early at the plate, scoring two runs in the first inning and three in the third. Colusa looked to have a good shot at breaking the shutout in the fourth inning, when – with one out – Josie Garofalo hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped, and made it all the way to third base on the error. Taylor attempted to bunt Garofalo in, but popped out to the catcher on the bunt. Peterson walked Lay, putting runners on the corners for Helena Harris, but Harris grounded out to shortstop, the shutout still intact. Colusa threatened again in the sixth inning, when lead-off batter Merissa Alameda was hit by a pitch. Josie Garofalo reached first on an error, but Alameda was thrown out at second for the inning’s first out. Peterson struck Taylor out looking before surrendering a single to Lay, advancing Garofalo to second base, and Harris hit a ground ball to shortstop, who threw to third base for the final out of the inning.
Peterson struck out the side in the seventh to complete the shutout, earning her team a 5-0 victory.
Colusa (20-6-2) earned the fourth seed in the Northern Section Division V playoffs, and was set to play Quincy on Tuesday afternoon. The winner of yesterday’s game advances to play the either top-seeded East Nicolaus or eighth-seeded Hamilton – who also played on Tuesday afternoon – in the section semi-final. ■