Softball team ends preseason on a six game win streak


Emanuel Espinoza

The CRC Hawks softball team had a doubleheader against the San Jose Community College Jaguars on Tuesday. Sophomore shortstop Gabi Lipsky at-bat in the second game.

The Hawks softball team won both games in a doubleheader against the San Jose City College Jaguars on Tuesday to extend their six-game winning streak in the preseason.

CRC started the game off with the lead when freshman catcher Emily Johnson doubled on a fly ball and when freshman second baseman Kalie Toy scored CRC’s first run in the bottom of the first inning.

Head coach Kristy Schroeder said it was a big win for the Hawks and that San Jose City College is a tough team to compete with.

“I was glad to see both of our pitchers were able to complete the games and finish strong,” Schroeder said. “We had some ups and downs, but got through them.”

For the next three innings, neither team was able to score until sophomore right fielder Tamisha McBride hit a line drive in the right-center gap for a triple. Freshman third baseman Layla Towner followed up with a deep fly ball to left field to score McBride, putting the Hawks ahead by two runs.

“I got to third on a good hit,” McBride said. “I just went in there, then hit it out and did what I did.”

Chasing two runs going into the sixth inning, the Jaguars scored on a sacrifice fly and then on a wild pitch to tie things up at 2-2.

The Hawks responded in the bottom of the sixth by getting runners on base with freshman outfielder Sarah Babby reaching first base on a fielder’s choice along with sophomore shortstop Gabi Lipsky hitting a single to put two runners on with the top of the lineup up to bat.

Freshman third baseman Layla Towner followed with a line drive double along the third baseline, scoring both runners. Towner was a clutch hitter for the Hawks in the doubleheader, with one run batted in during the first game and three RBIs in the second game.

Towner said it was a great victory because CRC had gotten their win back from the previous season when CRC lost in another doubleheader against SJCC.

“It feels great to win two games back to back,” Towner said. “Especially the Jaguars being one of the better teams that we have to play, knowing we could compete with them.”

The Hawks will face the American River College Beavers in another doubleheader at 12 p.m and 2 p.m. on Feb. 25.