Taft College improves to 6-3 in conference play

COALINGA – Taft College had an easy time Tuesday breezing to a pair of nine-run victories over winless West Hills College in a Central Valley Conference softball doubleheader.

The Cougars won both games on the eight-run mercy rule – beating the Falcons 11-2 in the six-inning opener and 9-0 in the five-inning second game.

The wins moved the Cougars into third place in the CVC with a 6-3 record (14-15 overall).  West Hills tumbled to 0-7 in the conference and 0-23 overall.

The first game was close for a while.

It was tied at 2 after three innings, but TC scored twice in the fourth, five times in the fifth and twice again in the sixth to end it.

In the second game, the Cougars got off to a 3-0 start and never looked back.

The Cougars banged out 25 hits on the day led by four-hit efforts from Brooklyn Amador, Cheyenne Emerson, Ashley McKeown and Chelsea Eli-Kido.

Amador and Emerson each had a homerun and a double and McKeown a double.

Kelina Nakai and Tuai Elisara had two hits apiece, Peyton Buen homered and Jill Del Vilar singled.

Every player in the lineup had at least one hit.

Buen and Emerson split the pitching chores.

Sophomore Buen worked the first game, allowing an earned run on seven hits, striking out one and walking one.

Freshman Emerson pitched a five-inning shutout, allowing West Hills just two hits while striking out four and walking none.

Jessica Neher, the Cougar workhorse in the pitching circle, got the day off.

TC drew the conference bye Thursday but will play a non-conference doubleheader Sunday at West Valley College (22-4-1), which is ranked No. 6 in the state and No. 3 in northern California.

The Cougars return to conference action next Tuesday when they travel to Merced for a doubleheader.