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Spartans fall 10-0 to Vikings in section semifinals – Red Bluff Daily News

Red Bluff sophomore pitcher Natalie Newport prepares to throw a pitch during. Thursday’s 10-0 loss at Pleasant Valley in the Division II-III softball semifinals. (Rick Silva/Daily News)

For the second time in two weeks, the Red Bluff varsity girls softball team encountered one of the section’s hottest pitchers, but this time Pleasant Valley’s Kodi Aisthorpe’s performance in the circle denied the Spartans a chance to play in the North Section. II-III championship.

Aisthorpe held the Spartans to just one goal on Thursday after throwing a perfect game at them two weeks ago. She retired eight Spartans that day with only two walks in a 10-0 win over Red Bluff in the semifinals.

But as Red Bluff head coach Chad Vaillette noted, the right-handed Viking is tough on everyone as she is 8-1 this year with a 1.31 ERA and 82 strikeouts.

Despite the loss, Vaillette’s first season as head coach of the Spartans (17-9-1) produced the program’s best year since 2019, when it went 11-8, and its most wins since 25-10-2 in 2018.

“It’s been a six-win program the last three years, right?,” Vaillette said. “So we turned it around. I’m proud of these girls. You have to look at the season as a whole. (PVs) have done that to almost everyone. They’re a damn good team.”

Vaillette is confident he will bring back a better team in 2025.

“We’re going to hit better, and we’re going to come back here, or they’re going to come (to Red Bluff), and my goal is to beat PV – which is everyone’s goal,” Vaillette said,

The Spartans will lose seven seniors, including infielder Jenna Watson, centerfielder Braylynn Vaillette and first baseman Talina Bussell, who hit .325 and was second on the team in hits with 25 and RBI with 19.

However, it will bring both pitchers back to the circle: Mattison Kwarta and Natalie Newport, both of whom pitched on Thursday.

Kwarta, a junior, pitched two innings and allowed four hits and five runs, all earned. She walked five and struckout two. She also had the only goal of the day for the Spartans.

Newport, a sophomore, also pitched two innings, allowing three hits, five runs, four earned, one walk and two strikeouts.

Vaillette said she unbalanced the Vikings and gained valuable experience for next year.

Newport finished the season at 4–0 with a 4.64 in 10 appearances. She started three games and recorded one complete game. She struck out 21 batters in 31.2 innings this year,

Kwarta went 12-7 with a 2.16 ERA and struckout 187 batters in 113.2 innings.

Both players will help improve the offense next year, as Kwarta hit .609 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 26 games this year.

Newport hit .351 and was third on the team in RBIs with 17.

Bulldogs move forward

Kenzy Diehl and Bailey Weibling each had three hits to help the Los Molinos Bulldogs to a 9-5 win Thursday afternoon at Modoc in the Northern Section Division V softball semifinals.

The Bulldogs (19-8) scored four runs in the top of the first inning, one on a sacrifice fly by Addison Jones, the other on Ava Wilson’s RBI single, a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

After Modoc scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, Los Molinos added two more in the top of the second to make it 6-2.

Jones singled and Diehl doubled with one out in the inning and two batters later Cheyenne Briggs hit them both home.

Modoc scored in the bottom of the inning to narrow the lead to 6-3. Weibling delivered a two-run double in the top of the fifth, followed by an RBI single by Diehl that made it 9-3.

The Braves would score twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. But that was as close as they could get the rest of the way.

Jones pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits and allowing five runs, three of which were earned. She struck out five Braves and walked one.

The Bulldogs will now play East Nicolaus (22-4) in the Division V Championship game beginning at noon. The two schools met on May 8. East Nicolaus won 13-4.