Golden Eagles win 11th straight; sweep No. 2 ranked Siskiyous

4/20/2011 -
The beginning of April saw the Feather River College softball program staring down a stretch of Golden Valley Conference games including 14 games in 12 days. With inclement weather and many games being rescheduled, the Golden Eagles began to find out what they are made of. During this stretch the Golden Eagles rattled off 11 straight wins and currently hold a 25-6 overall record and a 13-1 record in Golden Valley Conference play.

April 12 – Feather River College played host to the No. 2 ranked team in the North Siskiyous College. Siskiyous came to Quincy with an impressive 11-1 conference record. Quality pitching and timely hitting were the theme for this battle with top-ranked teams. Behind the arm of Annalee Rubio and bat of Tess Oliphant, the Golden Eagles proved to be a tough matchup for Siskiyous, winning game No. 1 3-0. Rubio pitched seven strong innings, giving up just five hits while striking out eight. The Golden Eagle offense provided all the runs Rubio needed on a leadoff triple followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Shelby Watts to give Feather River a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Tess Oliphant stepped to the plate and sent a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a two run home run, extending the Feather River lead to 3-0. Rubio took over from there, pitching three more scoreless innings and winning the game 3-0.

Game No. 2 was equally as tight as the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a bases loaded walk by Leah Justice. Siskiyous answered the Feather River early run with two of their own in the top of the third inning to give Siskiyous a 2-1 lead. Feather River didn’t waste any time in answering the Siskiyous rally with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. The bottom of the third inning began with a leadoff double by pitcher Erica Wieck, followed by a lined shot single by shortstop Brittany Potter to tie the game at 2-2. With Potter on first, Annalee Rubio stepped to the plate and delivered a first pitch blast over the left field wall to give Feather River a 4-2 lead. Pitcher Erica Wieck did not relinquish the lead, as she pitched four scoreless innings in her complete game victory. Wieck pitched seven innings, giving up two runs while surrendering only three hits and striking out four.

April 10 saw Feather River College on the road at Lassen College in Susanville for a Golden Valley Conference showdown. The Golden Eagles dominated the day, winning both games 10-0 and 10-0. Game No. 1 was dominated by pitchers Annalee Rubio and Katie Drybread. Rubio pitched five strong innings, striking out six and giving up only four hits. Drybread pitched the final inning, striking out all three batters she faced. The Golden Eagles scored early and often, scoring runs in the first, third and sixth innings. The offense was led by Erica Wieck, who collected three hits in the game while Annalee Rubio had two.

Game No. 2 was equally difficult for the Lassen Cougars as Feather River pounded out 12 hits while scoring 10 runs. Karly Hall had three hits on the day and Ashley Barrett had two hits including a home run in the fourth inning and Rachel Hatzell added two hits of her own. Erica Wieck pitched five strong innings giving up just one hit while striking out five.

April 9 was a matchup versus the Butte College Roadrunners. Pitching dominated game No. 1 as Annalee Rubio pitched a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win. Rubio struck out 13 as she dominated the Butte College hitters from the first pitch. The Golden Eagle offense was led by Leah Justice, who collected two hits on the day, and Krista Mattice, who belted a one out double with the bases loaded in the fourth to break the game open. Game No. 2 saw the Golden Eagles score in every inning except the second and fifth. Ashley Barrett, Karly Hall and Krista Mattice collected two hits apiece, leading the Golden Eagles to a 7-1 win. Erica Wieck pitched four strong innings for the win and Annalee Rubio got the save pitching the final three innings. Wieck gave up just three hits and Rubio surrendered only one hit.


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