Patterson lifts Lady Falcons in extras

Colfax softball squeaks past Golden Sierra, 5-4
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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The Colfax High girls softball team proved Tuesday afternoon that sometimes the best laid plans can go awry.

Knotted with visiting Golden Sierra at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning and with runners on first and second base with no outs, Colfax coach Mimi Scott played the percentages and asked Jenna Patterson to try and bunt the runners over.

“We were trying to get the winning run sixty feet closer,” said Scott.

But after Patterson fouled off the first two pitches and fell behind 0-2 in the count, Scott took off the bunt sign.

Good thing.

On the next offering, Patterson lined a base hit to center field that sent Syd Anderson home from second base with the winning run in Colfax’s 5-4 extra inning win.

The victory moved Colfax’s overall season record to 5-4 and sets the tone for the Lady Falcons as they get set to host Foothill in Thursday’s Pioneer Valley League opener.

“We’re a young team this year,” said Scott. “We don’t have a JV team so we have some freshmen and sophomores in the line-up.”

Besides garnering the winning hit, Patterson, only a sophomore, was the winning pitcher. She spaced out eight hits, fanned five and walked just two.

“Jenna didn’t have her good stuff but she got the job done,” said Scott. “Plus that was a nice hit.”

Also having a hand in the win was senior shortstop Steffany Dunn who played steady on defense and also hit a solo home run in the third inning. Dunn is headed next season to play at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Speedy Stephanie Scott and Meghann McCollum led Colfax’s nine-hit attack by both going 3x5. Freshman Kayla Harris also impressed behind the plate on defense along with going 2x4 at the plate.

Colfax played without the services of second baseman Nelly Steinhoff who is competing in Colorado at the national snowboard championships.