Sierra College

Foresthill Wildfires have Wolverines on top

Thanks in part to Foresthill duo, softball team leads the way in Big 8
By: Pete Dufour
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It’s mid-April and the Junior College softball season is heading down the stretch. As is usually the case, the Sierra College Wolverines, led in part by a pair of former Foresthill Wilfires are out in front with a 30-7 record. 

Only this time, they are tied for the Big 8 Conference lead with Delta JC with 18-3 conference records after defeating Sac City 4-0 and 1-9 Saturday. Darci Brownell’s squad will square off at home against Delta next Saturday with the conference title on the line. 

Foresthill’s McKenna Anderson, a sophomore outfielder, leads the team with a .425 average, followed closely by another former Wildfire, freshman first baseman Emily Smith, who is hitting .424.
Sierra has been getting good pitching from Amaryssa Medina, who flirted with another no-hitter this past week against Santa Rosa before settling for a one-hit, six strikeout 5-0 win over the Bear Cubs. Medina is sporting a 1.54 earned run average, ninth best in the state. She is sixth in wins. 

“Our pitching staff (Medina,  Holly Brennan and Hanna Slaight) will keep us in every game,” said Brownell. “Then it’s our job to produce the runs and play catch.”
Hanna Slaight and Lexi DeLozier each had a pair of hits for the Wolverines in the win over Santa Rosa. DeLozier teams up with strong-armed shortstop Virgie Robello to give Sierra one of the best middle infield combos in the state.   

DeLozier is batting .405 in the leadoff spot. As a team, the Wolverines are hitting at a .340 clip. Medina  is batting .367 and leads the team in runs batted in.  Catcher Toni Whipkey leads the team in home runs and had a slugging average of .649.  Slaight is hitting .326, Robello is at .319 and utility player Juilia Cummings from Colfax has a .317 average.

Sierra will host first round playoff action May 5-6, and if things fall into place, a super regional tournament will be held at Sierra the following weekend to determine who goes to the state championships.