Taft College wins first game 11-3 before falling to Porterville 14-8.
They combined for 36 runs on 46 hits.
There were eight homeruns and six doubles.
When the final out of the day was made as dusk began to settle on the Cougar Sports Center last Thursday, Taft and Porterville colleges had split a Central Valley Conference softball doubleheader.
Amber Si’u slugged a grand slam and Kelcey Viliamu and Courtney Nyetrae each cracked three-run dingers to lead TC to an 11-3 victory in the first game.
The Pirates bashed four homers – two by pitcher Carrie Gliddon – to outlast the Cougars 14-8 in the second game and salvage a split.
For Viliamu, it was her eighth homer of the season.
First baseman Nyetrae is the leading hitter in the conference. That may be why the Pirates intentionally walked her with the bases loaded.
She went 5-for-6 on the day and drove in eight runs.
Second baseman Si’u was 3-for-6 and drove in six runs.
Third baseman Viliamu went 3-for-6 and drove in four runs.
Leadoff hitter Baylee Day had another good outing, going 4-for-9 with an RBI.
Cougar pitcher Allie Carrigan, hitting out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order, went 5-for-7 with a double.
She was in control in the first game, allowing five runs on just three hits – one of them a two-run homer by Nichols.
Nyetrae’s first-inning three-run homer to left was neutralized when Porterville scored one in the second and two in the third.
The Cougars broke it open with a five-run burst in the third on Day’s single, four-pitch walks to Joya Cervera and Viliamu, and Nyetrae’s RBI single that set the table for Si’u, who blasted a grand slam over the centerfield fence.
Viliamu crushed a 3-1 pitch to left center to drive in Carrigan and Day ahead of her in the sixth.
Carrigan started the second game but wasn’t getting any movement on her pitches and was roughed up for nine runs on 13 hits – including three homers.
Mersades Cruz pitched two-thirds of an inning and couldn’t stop the bleeding either. She gave up five runs on five hits.
The Cougars (5-7 in the CVC, 11-19-1 overall) have the week off before returning to action April 8 by hosting Merced (2-8 CVC, 3-21 overall) in a conference twin bill.