Redmond notched its first Central Valley Conference softball win of the season Friday, knocking out McKay 2-0 in a home stand.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Redmond coach Nicky DeLeone. “The one bad inning didn’t happen today and that was a big difference.”
Jessica Fedoris struck out eight and was backed by good defense to limit the Royal Scots to two hits and no runs.
Kelly Barany and Toren Shearer keyed the Redmond offense. Barany was a perfect four for four at the plate, including a home run and a double. Shearer scored the Lady Panthers first run in the second inning when she gained first base on an error at shortstop, and stole her way to third base. She then scored on an error at third.
Barany iced the win with her solo shot over the center field fence in the sixth inning.
“She’d been pitching me outside so I was looking to drive something the other way,” she said.
Redmond got its second win in a row Monday with an 11-1 four-and-a-half inning route of Summit. The game ended on the 10-run rule. The win lifted Redmond to 1-4 in the CVC and 5-7 over all.
“They’re starting to come together nicely,” said DeLeone. “The offense was executed the way it was asked. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Redmond went ahead on an eight-run third inning. Barany and KC Wilson each had a two-RBI double in the inning. AnDyke added a two RBI single.
Bethany Chriss added a two-run homer in the fourth inning to ice the route of the 5A Storm.
“It was a meatball down the middle,” said Chriss, who put the ball over the center field fence. “We’re really starting to bond and it really feels good right now.”
Ashleigh Kautz struck out eight, walked none, and gave up two hits for the win.
Redmond spotted South Salem three runs in the first inning and never recovered, April 4. The Saxons won the game 5-3 in Salem.
Meredith Barnes’ two-run homer in the first inning keyed the win for South Salem.
Both team scored in the second inning and Redmond closed with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Shearer had a double for the Lady Panthers and RC Romero went two for three at the plate.
Jessica Fedoris struck out three.
Redmond hosts McNary Friday at 4:30 p.m. to start the second third of league play. The Lady Celts are 3-1 and in a three-way tie atop the CVC with South Salem and West Salem. North Salem is 3-2 and preseason favorite Sprague is 2-2. McKay is 0-4.
-- Gary Newman