Taft College splits double header with Contra Costa before winning two games against Marin College

After getting off to a rocky start, the Taft College softball team bounced back last week with a road trip to the Bay Area that saw the Cougars win three of four games.

The Cougars split a doubleheader with Contra Costa before sweeping a pair from Marin College.

It was the team’s first taste of success after starting the season 0-5-1.

The Cougars then dropped an 8-0 decision Saturday at Bakersfield College to give them a 3-6-1 record heading into today’s doubleheader against Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

“We played very well,” head coach Stefanie Walsh said of the Bay Area trip.  “It’s something we can build on.”

The Cougars swept Marin, scoring three runs in their last at-bat to win the first game 5-3 before pounding 20 hits in a 13-1 five-inning romp in the second.

Leadoff hitter Joya Cervera went 6-for-7 in the series, scoring three times and driving in two runs.  Courtney Nyetrae was 6-for-8 with an RBI and scored four times, Megan Smith was 4-for-7 with three runs, Amber Si’u 4-for-6 with two runs and two batted in, Mahela Punley was 4-for-8 with two RBIs and Allie Carrigan 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Cruz got the win in the first game, allowing three earned runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three.

Carrigan tossed a two-hitter in the second game, striking out two and walking four.

She pitched a five-inning no-hitter the day before when the Cougars blanked Contra Cost 8-0 before falling 4-3 in the second game.

Carrigan fanned six and did not walk a batter.

The Cougars had six hits and took advantage of seven walks.

Carrigan also was the hitting star, going 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Si’u bashed a bases loaded triple in the first inning when the Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Carrigan took the loss in the second game, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out three and walking two.

Smith tripled while Carrigan and Punley doubled for the Cougars.  Cervera and Si’u had singles.
The Cougars dug a big hole early against Bakersfield, giving up five runs (4 unearned) in the second inning.

TC managed just three hits – singles by Smith and Isela Puenta and a ringing double by Nyetrae that narrowly missed being a homerun.

The Cougars will open Central Valley Conference play Thursday with a trip to Porterville College and will host San Joaquin Delta College Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader that begins at 11 a.m.