With her left knee in a brace, Colusa’s ace Sidney Lay overcame a rocky showing from her defense in Lindhurst’s first two frames and gutted out five innings from the circle. Pitching through some obvious discomfort, Lay didn’t allow an earned run, but the RedHawks were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and fell to the Blazers 6-3 on Wednesday.
“She’s was still a little off. I actually pulled the plug on her,” said head coach Jamie Lay. “She can’t put much weight on it. The doctor thinks it just a strain, but she doesn’t have much confidence in her knee right now. Our hope is to get her back for the playoffs.”
Colusa fell behind out of the gate on Wednesday, giving up five unearned runs over the first two innings, and struggled to get things going at the plate. Lindhurst’s Danika Martin pitched four shutout innings to open the game, although Colusa threatened in both the second and fourth innings.
The RedHawks looked posed to chip away at the Blazers’ lead when Lay and Dyanna Santana each singled in the bottom of the second, but the pair were left stranded on base, Martin’s shutout still intact. Colusa threatened again in the fourth, sparked by a lead-off single from Josie Garofalo, but Martin again came out unscathed.
Colusa finally got on the board in the fifth inning, after Martin was replaced by Mattie Cheever. Cheever struck out Santana – the first batter she faced – but followed up by issuing a walk to Jessica Hickel and giving up a single to Lexi Hernandez. Helena Harris then belted a two-RBI double into left field to finally put her team on the board, leaving Colusa down 5-2.
Addie Taylor took over in the circle in the sixth inning and pitched well in relief – retiring the side in just five pitches – but Colusa couldn’t muster any runs in the bottom half of the inning, despite a two-out double from Ashley Huff.
Lindhurst plated an insurance run in the seventh to put the score at 6-2. The RedHawks briefly rallied with a two-out double from Hickel in the final frame, but their comeback effort ultimately fell short.
Harris finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Huff was 2-for-3 with a double, and Hickel was 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
Next up, Colusa (10-2-2; 3-1 Sacramento Valley League) travels to Arbuckle to play Pierce (7-8; 2-2 SVL) in a league tilt on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 PM.■