Colusa County softball teams were loaded with tournament play this past weekend. With Maxwell and Williams competing in the Maxwell tournament, Colusa and Pierce headed to Gridley with five other teams: Gridley, Live Oak, Willows, Winters and Hamilton, last Friday and Saturday.
Lady Hawks opened up against Hamilton City, on Friday with a huge 19-8 win. Lady Hawks never looked back and challenged Winters for the final game of the day, securing a powerful 14-2 win over the Warriors. (No stats available).
Back on the field on Saturday, Colusa came with just one goal: score, score score! The Lady Hawks, with an in sync defense and red hot offense, secured their third win in the tournament with a 16-8 victory over Live Oak. (No stats available).
Pierce Lady Bears opened up to the Gridley Bulldogs for their first appearance in the Gridley Tournament, securing their only win on the two day event, with a 7-4 final score. Abby Mendoza and Sierra Mendoza both went two for three with two RBIs towards the Lady Bears victory.
With the win over Gridley, Pierce came out swinging against a tight-knit game with the Live Oak Lions. Quick to score, the Lady Bears put up seven runs in the first inning with a deep outfield triple by Emily Ehrke, bringing in two RBIs towards a 7-1 Pierce lead. But the Lions’ Makenna Douglas found the perfect pitch from Ehrke twice in the third inning, sending two hard hit doubles to Pierce’s defense, bringing the Lions within three, 9-6. The Lions held the Lady Bears scoreless for the next three innings but Pierce found success in an extra seventh inning, crossing the plate two more times. However, Live Oak fought back with three more runs, securing the win over the Lady Bears, 12-11.
Final game play for the Lady Bears and Lady Hawks was a county match-up between the two. After a 1-1 tie at the end of the first inning, Pierce came out strong in the second, placing four runs on the board for a Lady Bear lead 5-1. A quick three up, three down during the third and fourth inning left both teams scoreless. With a 7-3 lead over the Lady Hawks, Pierce needed just three outs to take the win but quickly saw their lead diminish with three critical errors and a three-run homer by Colusa’s Edith Moreno. After eight innings, the Lady Hawks claimed their fourth win, 13-9 over Pierce, and an undefeated tournament record in Gridley.
“We tried to make a comeback but couldn’t recover from that lead. It was a great game,” said Pierce’s headcoach Holly Schaad. “Sierra Murphey did very well and gave it her all from the mound. Noemi Martinez made an awesome tag at home and Emily Ehrke made some fantastic diving plays. Grace Alonso came through with two key hits for us.” ■