With the RedHawks averaging just over 13 runs in their four games thus far and the Panthers 19 in their previous contest, the match-up was not surprisingly a high-scoring affair, although the contest also contained the added drama of a seesaw battle.
While Colusa jumped ahead in the first inning, Maxwell countered, putting six runs on the board in the second by taking advantage of three free passes and employing aggressive base running.
It was a lead that held until the fourth when the RedHawks forged ahead 9-7, but the Panthers weren’t done and answered back in the next inning with four runs of their own.
In the top half of the sixth, the RedHawks inched closer adding a run, but still found themselves down 11-10 heading into the final frame.
With one out Avery Lay and Abby Meyers, both singled, then advanced on a passed ball. The next batter, Emily Pingrey, singled to score Lay, and then stole second, putting herself in scoring position.
After an unproductive second out, Makayla Frias stepped to the plate and delivered what proved to be the game-winner with a double that drove in Lay and Pingrey.
Although the Panthers had a chance in the home half of the seventh, they could not scratch out any runs.
Lay earned the complete-game win in which she gave up eight hits but also recorded eight strikeouts.
Frias finished 4 for 4 with four RBI while Reese Roper collected three hits, including a double, and knocked in three runs.
Meyers, Pingrey, and Alexis Price each finished with a pair of hits while Abby Wolf contributed a two-run double.
For Maxwell, newcomer Kendall Southam, a senior transfer, turned in an impressive effort in the circle throwing hard for five innings in addition to going 2 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Paige Vierra ended 3 for 5 for the Panthers, who also got hits from Madi Pearson, Jocelyn Lazarus, and Bailee Haywood.
Earlier in the week Colusa pummeled visiting Woodland Christian 20-1, but then lost to Gridley 11-8 at home on Wednesday, March 31, while the Panthers opened their season last Wednesday with a blowout 19-8 win over Woodland Christian, then trounced Esparto 21-7 on Friday, April 2.
In Colusa’s previous two games, Meyers was 6 for 7 with 4 RBI, Wolf was 4-8 with 3 RBI and Price was 3 for 5 with 5 RBI in those two games.
Top hitters for the Panthers in their two-run rule shortened victories included Laynee Haywood who was 8 for 9 with six RBI and Vierra with five hits in 10 at-bats.
Maxwell (2-1) returns to action on April 12 when Live Oak comes to town as does Colusa (3-2), who will host Willows. §