Beyonce Bussell scored Jasmine Kinney on a sac-fly RBI in the seventh inning for the eventual game-winning run and the No. 2 seeded Hoopa Valley softball team took down No. 1 St. Vincent de Paul of Petaluma 4-3 to secure a North Coast Section Division-V championship, Saturday afternoon in Petaluma.
“They definitely showed up to play today,” Hoopa’s head coach Glenn Moore said. “I’m very proud of the way they came together today.”
Bussell’s RBI in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and put Hoopa ahead one, finishing off a comeback which was four innings in the making.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a 2RBI double from Savannah Ray Colegrove which scored Alexia Jackson and Estelle Colegrove, who had both singled to get on base, Hoopa immediately gave the lead back in the bottom of the inning.
St. Vincent de Paul’s (15-7) Sully Henry produced a two-run home run in the bottom of the second, a part of a three-run inning for the home team which gave them a 3-2 advantage heading into the third.
After two scoreless innings Hoopa tied the game in the top of the sixth thanks to a bit of heads-up base-running from Jackson, who scored from third while St. Vincent de Paul was busy trying to corral a Daisy Tracy bunt and make a play at first base.
Fast forward to the seventh and Bussell, who laid down a series of well-placed bunts during the game to keep Hoopa’s base-runners rounding the diamond, gave her team the go-ahead run.
“These girls have a lot of heart. They were on a mission this season,” Moore said. “When the season started I told them they can win a section championship and that they just needed to believe in themselves. Even where they were down today they kept their heads up and did everything they were supposed to do, and needed to do, to win.”
Savannah Ray Colgrove, a freshman, started a pitcher for Hoopa and capped off her inaugural high school season with a complete-game performance. The freshman have up four hits while striking out two and walking one.
She led the team in hitting as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win.
Hoopa closes its season with a 16-8 overall record and as champions of both the Little 4 Conference and the whole of the NCS D-V.