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Softball season in Colusa means opening up with the Randy Watt Invitational where the girls get a chance to see what the new season brings for the teams.
Among those playing were the Colusa Lady RedHawks and the Pierce Lady Bears.
The RedHawks were off to a shaky start when up against the Wheatland Pirates, who seized the advantage with a 9-5 win. After a chance to recoup, the girls found great success against the Winters Warriors later that afternoon, winning by a landslide of 11-1.
Of the 11 points, nine of them were from palpable hits. Pitcher Annie Lay, a senior, threw to 15 Warriors, who only managed to eke out a solitary run in the third inning.
The Pierce Bears went up against the Ripon Indians, and although the 11-1 score may not reflect the effort put in by the Bears, the Indians were top seeded and Section IV Champions last year.
“They’re all good teams so it’s just a chance for us to get better and work on our game,” said coach Holly Schaad, about the tournament. “I got pretty much everybody back from last year, so it’s a good, fun group. They have good attitudes.”
Striking out to the field again after lunch, the Bears gave Willows a solid effort, but fell short, 11-9. Despite a long day, the Bears’ attitude did not give out and they pushed through to take a 9-7 win against Oroville.
The RedHawks are scheduled to play in Gridley tonight. The Bears have a bit of rest and practice before their next home game, on Tuesday, against Esparto. ■