South Fork’s softball team opened its season at the annual small school tournament in Redding where they went 1-3 on the weekend against teams from Northern Section schools. The team is breaking in two new pitchers and eight girls are new to the roster of 16, making for some adjustments to the line up and changes in positioning from last year. Head coach Lisa Todd feel the team will develop: "We just need some time and I think as we play together we will grow as a team."
Freshman Emma Valk and senior Shasta Carr are sharing the pitching duties, both new to the position in high school. "Emma and Shasta did great in Redding and are learning arm strength and speed," said Todd.
The Cubs lost the first game on Friday morning to Fall River High School 8-2. Carr pitched a complete game, giving up 8 runs on 6 hits, striking out 4 and walking 6. Senior shortstop Vonai Willison had a hit and an RBI, and sophomore 1st baseman/3rd baseman McKenzie Crenshaw had a couple of hits. Also reaching base for the Cubs were 2nd baseman junior Trisha Harrison, left fielder senior Jacy Snodgrass, center fielder junior Kennedy Burnett as well as both Valk and Carr.
Fall River 1 0 3 0 3 1- 8
South Fork 0 0 0 0 2 0- 2
Later in the day South Fork withstood a late rally to win a close game 8-7 over Trinity High School. The Cubs capitalized on Trinity’s 5 errors for 3 of their runs while Snodgrass and Carr picked up RBIs. Valk threw a complete 5-inning game and gave up 7 runs on 6 hits, striking out 4 while walking just one batter.
Trinity 0 4 1 0 2 7
South Fork 2 2 1 3 0 8
For their third game of the day on Friday the Cubs lost to Central Valley High School 8-1. Crenshaw had the cubs’ only RBI in the game. Valk pitched again, giving up 8 runs on 8 hits and walking 6.
Central Valley 1 1 1 3 2 8
South Fork 0 0 0 1 0 1
On Saturday morning the Lady Cubs lost a high scoring game to Modoc High 11-6. Carr had 3 of South Fork’s 7 hits and 2 RBIs. She also pitched 2 innings giving up 2 runs on a hit and 6 walks with one strike out. Valk finished out the game giving up 9 runs on 8 hits while walking 2. Also picking up hits for the Cubs were Harrison, Snodgrass, senior right fielder Paige Paup and Willison.
Modoc 1 1 4 4 1 11
South Fork 1 1 0 0 4 6
Next up for the Lady Cubs will be travel to Calistoga High School’s tournament this coming Saturday where the team will see some North Coast Section small schools.