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FRC Softball overcomes opening loss in playoffs

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The No. 8 seed Feather River College softball program hosted the No. 9 seed West Valley College Vikings in the regional playoffs May 5 – 6 at Feather River College.

The first game did not turn out well for FRC, as the Golden Eagles fell behind in the best-of-three series by losing 4-8. Costly errors led to a six-run third inning for West Valley.

Leading hitters for FRC in game one were Alexa Youngberg, who had two hits, and Ashley Barrett, Gabby Palmer, Kristina Rozelle, Lexi McKinnon, Melissa Smith and Rachel Hatzell, who all added one hit each.

Day two of the regional playoffs proved to be a tough task for the Golden Eagles, as they were faced with elimination. FRC would need to sweep the double header on Sunday in order to advance to the next round.

West Valley scored first in the fourth inning with back-to-back hits to take a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles sent a strong message to the Vikings in the bottom of the fourth, answering their one run with six of their own. FRC had five hits in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.

West Valley answered right back in the top of the fifth with a three-run home run to cut FRC’s lead to 6-4.

The Golden Eagles once again pushed their lead to five runs with three runs in the sixth inning.

West Valley did not go down quietly, as they rallied in the seventh by scoring three runs, but came up short. The Golden Eagles took the second game of the series with a 9-7 win, pushing it to a third and deciding game.

Feather River College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of game three with a big three-run homer off the bat of Karly Hall.

West Valley once again answered FRC’s three runs with a single run of their own in their half of the inning.

The Golden Eagles responded with a single run in the fourth inning, only to lose their lead in the fifth, when the Vikings got a big four-run inning to take a 5-4 lead.

FRC wasted little time battling back, as the Golden Eagles scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding 9-5 lead with just nine outs left to get.

FRC pitcher Melissa Smith shut the door on the West Valley Vikings, as she surrendered just one more run over the next three innings to give Feather River a Super Regional berth with a 9-6 victory.

Feather River will be one of four teams competing in the Super Regional double-elimination tournament at College of the Siskiyous in Weed this Friday through Sunday, May 11 – 13.

The other three teams competing are Siskiyous, San Joaquin Delta and Fresno City. Feather River opens against Siskiyous Friday

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