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South Coast Start Disturbing For Softball
Coming into the 2010 season with more depth and talent than in recent seasons, the Pasadena City College women's softball team felt it had prepared itself for the grind of playing in what has become the state's most powerful league -- the South Coast Conference.
After back-to-back, 8-0, 6-inning mercy rule defeats, the Lancers are searching for quick solutions to turn things around. PCC is 2-5 overall and 0-2 in SCC play.
On Friday, the Lancers mustered just three hits in their home opener, an 8-0 loss to defending SCC champion Cerritos College at Brookside Park. Falcons' sophomore pitcher Hillary Perez-Ashley shut down the PCC bats, allowing no walks. PCC freshmen pitchers Samantha Gontol (3 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks) and Jenna Martin (3 innings, 3 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks) were hit hard and continued a trend of giving up free passes. Cerritos (9-1 and 2-0 records) totaled eight baserunners via the freebies--6 walks and 2 hit-by-pitches--with two of those coming around to score.
In an 8-0 loss at Long Beach City College Thursday in the Lancers' conference opener, Martin surrended 4 walks, but also gave up 9 hits in 5-2/3 innings. A 3-run double off the fence by Brittney Holden in a 5-run, sixth inning allowed the Vikings to end the game an inning early due to the 8-run rule. Meanwhile, LBCC pitcher Jessica Davis scattered 6 hits for the shutout, and like Perez-Ashley, didn't walk a batter.
The PCC batters aren't helping the Lancers' situation. Besides being blanked in both games, the team's sophomore contingent of outfielders Marissa Rangel, Brianna Casillas, infielders Amber Frame, Lupita Contreras, and Kimberly Garcia have combined to bat just 3-for-26, a .115 average. Frame, the team's third baseman, had two of those hits v. Long Beach.
Freshmen Nancy Perales (catcher), Tiffany Rubin (shortstop), and Gontol each hit safely in both games.
The highlight of the Cerritos loss was a great defensive play by PCC rightfielder Kristen Miranda, who turned a fly ball catch into a 9-2 double play, gunning out Devin Salmones at home plate with Perales making the tag. That play ended the Falcons' third inning.
"We have to realize that every team in our conference is going to come out firing," said PCC Head Coach Elaine Martinez. "If we don't bring out our A game, this is what happens. The hitters have to create offense. The pitchers have to keep us in the games by limiting the walks and letting our defense make plays for them. I'm hoping the last two games were wake-up calls for us."
PCC hosts Santa Barbara City College Monday, Feb. 15 in a 2 p.m., non-conference game at Brookside Park. The field is just a short walk from the Rose Bowl and across from PCC's baseball diamond, Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
[Photo--Nancy Perales makes the tag at home plate to complete a double play for the Lancers in their 8-0, home-opening loss to Cerritos College Friday afternoon, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/13/10