CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s softball team may have a record below .500, but the teams they’ve played in their last two tournaments think the Eagles are really good.
The Eagles won their own softball tournament Saturday, as they beat St. Louis 9-7 in nine innings and Central Montcalm 10-4.
CC-Crystal (10-16) had to get four runs in the top of the ninth, then held off a late Shark charge to get the win in the first game.
Katie Wilcox was the winning pitcher, pitching all nine innings and allowing seven hits, walking five and striking out six.
Wilcox helped herself by going 3-for-5 at the plate as did Raelynne Ferguson.
“We got four runs, they came back and got two and we were able to seal it up,” CC-Crystal coach Samantha Jensen said. “We really pulled through when it counted.”
Meanwhile, the Green Hornets (7-20) mercied Ithaca 11-0 in six innings in their first game. Central benefitted from 13 walks issued by the Yellowjackets.
“We did hit it a little bit. We put it in play,” Central coach Jason Johnson said. “We also made pretty good defensive plays.”
Scylar Blaisdell got the win, throwing a complete-game one-hitter, walking three without a strikeout.
“Scylar threw a really good game after a complete game the night before,” Johnson said.
Michaela Crooks had two hits in the game as did Kortney McKeown.
That put the Eagles and Hornets on the championship game.
“We had a two-game wait,” Jensen said. “We played at 10 and the game at 12 was Ithaca and Central. Finally at 4 we played against Central Montcalm.”
Johnson wasn’t happy with how it went.
“We left a lot of runners on against Carson,” he said. “They (CC-Crystal) made plays. We hit some balls hard and deep. They had some ridiculous catches in the outfield that I didn’t think they’d get to.”
Wilcox got the win in that game also despite allowing nine hits. She walked two and struck out seven.
“Katie had had to step up and take on the full-time role as pitcher,” Jensen said, noting she has lost two starting pitchers for the season with injuries.
Sadie Rowlands took the loss for Central, going only one inning and allowing four hits and four walks.
CC-Crystal’s best hitter was Meriah Schafer, who was 2-for-2. The Hornets got two hits each from McKeown, Molly Buskirk and Mikayla Studley.
“I was very pleased because we struggled the past few outings. Everything came together for us,” Jensen said. “(Saturday) our pitching was there, the defense was there, and the girls really produced well.”
Both teams will play Mid-State Activities Conference opponents today. Central will go to Montabella to face the Mustangs while the Eagles head to Vestaburg to face the Wolverines in the third and fourth of 10 games in six days.
Johnson thinks his team can be better than they are.
“We have good players at every position, and we have very young pitchers who don’t strike out a lot of players,” he said. “It’s the routine things that we need to make happen.”