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Eagle Delaney Whipple leans into the pitch as Jeslyn Svejda warms up from the batter’s box. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Lady Eagles travel to distant diamonds

The Feather River College Eagles softball team has a series of away games before they come home to roost Saturday, March 14, when they will host the Mendocino Eagles at noon and 2 p.m.

49ers game one

The Eagles’ first home game was with the Yuba 49ers on Feb. 22 for a doubleheader that didn’t turn out too well for the visitors.

Eagles head softball coach Meredith Aragon warmed up the FRC team by matching them with stiff preseason competition out on the road.

“We have been playing top competitors,” said FRC athletic assistant Valerie Campa from the bleachers during the game. The Feb. 22 game was the first game of the season for the 49ers.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Eagles won 23-0. Pitcher and left fielder Ananda Delegarito came across home plate four times, as did second base and short stop Ali Conder. Tatiana Orellana scored three times, Hannah Blass, Kyllie Sappington, Akela Holder, Alexia Garcia and Brenna Chavez all scored twice. Ryann Reese and Jeslyn Svejda scored once each.

Delegarito hit four RBIs, Blas hit five and Orellana hit six! No Eagles were struck out during the game. Delegarito and Svejda hit doubles; Orellana hit a triple. Delegarito stole two bases and Conder stole one.

Blas handled the pitching for the Eagles pitching five innings and striking out 13 Mendocino 49ers of the 15 batters she faced.

49ers game two

After a short break, the teams stepped up for game two in the doubleheader and the Eagles won 27-2.

FRC centerfielder Delaney Whipple scored five runs. Delegarito came across the plate to score four times. Reese, Chavez and Svejda scored three runs each. Morgan Collins, Brianna Ferguson and Sappington all scored two runs each. Blas, Gianna Rodrigo and Holder all scored a run for the Eagles.

Blas, Svejda and Whipple all hit a double; Whipple hit two. Collins hit six RBIs, Chavez and Svejda hit four each. Whipple hit three. Blas, Ferguson and Sappington all hit two RBIs and Delegarito and Rodrigo hit one each. Whipple was the only Eagle able to steal a base in the second game.

Delegarito pitched to 15 batters in 3.2 innings striking out seven batters. Caitlin Lotspeich faced three batters and struck out one 49er.

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