Simpson wins first Cal Pac Championship in school history
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University softball team split a two game series with Holy Names University on April 25 to claim its first ever Cal Pac (California Pacific Conference) regular season title. Holy Names defeated Simpson 6-1 in game one, and the Red Hawks defeated the Hawks 6-5 in 10 innings in game two.
In game one, the Red Hawks struggled allowing six runs in seventh innings to lose 6-1 to Holy Names.
The Holy Names Hawks scored first in the first inning off a missed catch by Morgan Davis for a 1-0 lead.
Simpson responded in the third inning when Paige Gomez hit a single to left which allowed Davis to score and tie the game 1-1.
In the top of the seventh, Holy Names scored five runs and sealed the victory 6-1 over the Red Hawks.
Gomez went 1-for-4 from the plate with a RBI. Vallerga went 2-for-3, and Davis was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Game two was a dramatic finish as Simpson defeated Holy Names 6-5 in extra innings.
Singh hit a triple to right allowing Davis to score the first run of the game in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Nicki Feuerbach hit a single to right bringing home Gomez for an early 2-0 lead.
Holy Names responded in the sixth inning by scoring four runs and taking the 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Corinne Alexander stepped up to the plate and hit a two run homer to right, bringing in Gomez, which tied the game 4-4.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, forcing the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Holy Names scored off a single to left for a 5-4 lead. Simpson’s Passmore tied the game at 5-5 when she scored off a double to left by Feuerbach.
Neither team scored in the ninth inning which forced the game to tenth inning and a international tie breaker.
Holy Names went to bat first, with a runner on second base. The Hawks hit a pop out to short, advancing the second base runner to third. Simpson, Freshmen pitcher Haley Rodriguez forced a ground out to second and fly out to right to close out the inning.
Gomez stepped up to bat for the Red Hawks with Singh on second base. Gomez bunted, and Holy Names third baseman Laurel Clough threw a wild throw to first base which allowed Singh to score the final run for the 6-5 Simpson victory. This win earned the Red Hawks their first ever Cal Pac Championship in school history.
Davis went 2-for-4 from the plate with one run and one RBI. Gomez was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and Alexander went 2-for-3 with a run, two RBIs and a home run. Feuerbach was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Daniele Crisosto and Nicole Hutchins both went 1-for-4 from the plate.
Rodriguez was the winning pitcher, allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out seven batters.
The Red Hawks will return to action on April 30 for the NAIA west regional playoffs at the Simpson softball field. The start time of the game and the team Simpson is playing has yet been determined. Stay up with the latest Simpson University Women's Softball standings, schedules and box scores on the schedules and results page.
Photo (Stefanie Singh) by: Paige Barrett
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