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Top 10 PCC Games Of The Decade 2000-2009: Games 10-to-8

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As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, we reflect back on some of the greatest games of the past 10 years in Pasadena City College intercollegiate athletics.

The games include some great performances by teams and individuals, a few playoff games, several historic accomplishments, and others that were simply memorable contests.

No list can be done without a set of rules and we have decided to not include any PCC losses or performances by individual team sports, including track and field, swimming and diving, and cross country. Only games involving traditional team sports are on the list. This means the 65-64, season-ending loss to Santa Ana by the 2007 PCC football team is not on the list, nor the four event wins at the 2007 state championship meet accomplished by Edino Steele in men's track and field.

Here now is the Top 10 PCC Games of the Decade 2000-2009 as compiled by the sports information office, and pieced in four different releases, counting down from No. 10, No. 9, and No. 8 that follow:

10. February 4, 2004--Women's Softball: The Catch--PCC 2, Cerritos 1, played at Pasadena's Brookside Park.

This South Coast Conference and home opener for the Lancers came down to the final play. With the Lancers hanging on to a 1-run lead, Cerritos put a runner on second base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Falcons' pinch hitter Nicole Deel lined a shot that looked like would drop in for a tie game, but PCC centerfielder Traci Trujillo broke back on the ball and the fleet-footed freshman made a sensational, over-the-shoulder catch near the CF fence that secured the Lancers' victory.

Sarah Sherman pitched a 4-hitter in her first collegiate victory and second baseman Denise Garcia was the game's hitting star by going 3-for-3, including a 2-RBI double for PCC's runs in the first inning. Trujillo and Sherman would go on to become All-Americans and five players from this team earned 4-year university scholarships under legendary Coach Sandi Iverson.

9. November 4, 2007—Women’s Water Polo: The Surprise—PCC 8, Chaffey 5, played at Mt. San Antonio College

The Lancers entered the South Coast Conference Tournament as the fourth place team and after stopping host Mt. San Antonio, 9-7, in the first round, they took on Chaffey, a team that had finished in a three-way tie for first place with Long Beach and Cerritos in the conference’s regular season.

Despite losing twice to the state’s 10th-ranked Panthers in the regular season, PCC pulled off an upset victory in the tourney’s third-place match. Seven different players scored goals for the Lancers, but the star was freshman goalie Jenny Bartlett, who twice stopped 5-meter penalty shots and made 12 saves.

Seldom-played sophomore Kimberly Mendoza scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, making it 6-4 late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Sara Gilbert led the offense with 2 goals and 2 assists. PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard’s Lancers finished the season with a 14-13 record and the program’s highest finish at the SCC Tournament.

8. May 2, 2008—Baseball: It Ain't Over Til It's Over—PCC 16, at Los Angeles Harbor College 10

The 2008 baseball season was a rough one for PCC (just 7 wins in 43 games) and it figured to end on a losing note after Harbor jumped out to a commanding 9-0 lead in the South Coast Conference finale. The Lancers managed to cut the score to 10-8, but appeared to be out of opportunites in the ninth inning, down to their final out with no runners on base.

At that point, Harbor Coach Marco Alvillar wanted to do something special for his team in front of the home crowd. With a roar from the fans, eight sophomore players came running off the field as reserves took their spots. While a classy move done so to salute the Seahawks’ sophomores playing in their final game, PCC took it as a sign—to perform a miracle. A hit-by-pitch was followed by a walk drawn by Shane Brando sending to the plate sophomore catcher Adrian Martinez. The right-handed hitter, who had already slugged a 3-run homer in the third inning, promptly blasted a drive over the left field fence for a second 3-RBI home run, giving the Lancers an improbable 11-10 lead.

While the PCC dugout was in pandemonium, the Lancers didn’t stop the two-out rally there as they proceeded to string together 5 more consecutive hits and tack on 5 additional runs in stunning Harbor. PCC Head Coach Evan O’Meara had inserted two pitchers to play the middle infield early in the game, and sent outfielder Brian Ladeira to the mound in his pitching debut as a reliever. Ladeira struck out the side in the eighth and pitched a hitless ninth to record the victory and spoil Harbor’s home season-ender.

[Photo--Adrian Martinez homered twice to complete an amazing baseball comeback as part of game No. 8 of the Top 10 Games Of the Decade, image by Richard Quinton]

Release Date: 12/31/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu