NCS Softball Playoffs: Miscues doom Cloverdale

By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

CLOVERDALE — After a promising regular season in which they went 18-4 and earned the No. 3 seed in Division 4 of the NCS softball playoffs, the Cloverdale Eagles were bounced in the tournament’s second round, losing 9-3 loss to Arcata on Friday afternoon.

Eagles head coach Margaret Fitzgerald attributed the loss to sloppy play.

“We have never made that many errors ever in my whole coaching career,” she said, noting the Eagles committed nine miscues.

Arcata took the lead in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles, the second of which scored Alex Flint.

Cloverdale loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning butfailed to score as Arcata pitcher Kayla Reed got a a pop up and a ground out to end the threat.

The Tigers added a pair of runs in the fourth and the bottom half of the inning was almost a repeat of the second inning for the Eagles.

Cloverdale loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t score.

Arcata put the game away in the sixth scoring six times on three hits and four Cloverdale errors. The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the seventh as four singles led to three runs but it wasn’t enough to erase the big Arcata lead.

Cloverdale stranded 12 runners in the game.

“Taylor (Spaulding) pitched a great game. She was hitting her spots,” Fitzgerald said., “It’s disappointing for her to go out like this.”

The four-year varsity pitcher went the distance giving up seven hits and two walks.