Freshman goes 10 for 10 as Cougars split doubleheader

Kendy Reynoso had a pretty memorable day Tuesday in her first start for the Taft College softball team.

The little used freshman infielder from Las Vegas got the starting call as the Cougar clean-up hitter in a doubleheader against visiting Merced College and made the most of it.

She went 6-for-6 as the Cougars split the twin bill – losing the first game 7-3 but winning the second when Reynoso was 4-for-4 with a homerun, double and two singles to drive in four runs.

Reynoso had singles in her only two at-bats in the opener.

She drove in two runs with a single during TC’s seven-run rally in the fifth inning of the second game before putting an exclamation point on the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Stephanie Keith was 4-for-7 on the day with a double and an RBI, Brooklyn Amador homered, doubled and singled to drive in a pair, Ashley McKeown cracked a pair of doubles and a single and Chelsea Eli-Kido had three hits.

Alex Holland, who pitched the win in the second game, had two hits and drove in two runs.

Holland and Merced’s Danielle Alemeida were locked in a pitching duel through the first four innings with the Blue Devils leading 2-0.

That’s when the Cougars erupted for seven runs on seven hits in the fifth.  Holland and Reynoso had back-to-back two-run singles and Amador drove in a run with a double.

Holland pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out five and walking two.

She also relieved first-game starter Jessica Neher in the fifth inning, shutting out the Blue Devils with three strikeouts and two walks.  Neher gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits, struck out three and walked three.

Both teams had 14 hits in the first game, but the Cougars stranded 10 runners – five in scoring position. 

The split left the Cougars with a 6-5 record in the Central Valley Conference (11-19 overall).

Next Tuesday, TC entertains College of the Sequoias, the CVC’s best hitting team with a .394 team batting average.  The Cougars are tied for second with a .300 average.  The first game begins at 2 p.m.