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Cerritos Power Surge Sends Softball To 9-3 Loss

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Cerritos College, a state finalist in 2007 and state champions in 2008, seems to be ready for a return visit to the state tournament in 2010. The Falcons slugged two home runs Tuesday on their way to handing the Pasadena City College softball team its 11th straight loss, 9-3, in a South Coast Conference game at Brookside Park.

The Lancers (7-22, 1-12 in SCC play) were hurt by illegal pitch calls that turned a 2-2 contest into a 7-2 Cerritos lead in the third inning. Twice recorded outs were nullified by the base umpire who called illegal pitches on PCC reliever Samantha Gontol. Lindsey Marquez blasted a 3-run homer over the right-field fence to highlight the Cerritos 5-run inning.

In the seventh, catcher Samantha Vaalu hammered her 10th home run of the season, a 2-run liner over the left-field fence. PCC isn't the only team suffering the Cerritos power brigade as the Falcons have nine home runs in their last three games combined. Cerritos improved to 28-4 and lead the SCC at 12-1.

Gontol batted 3-for-3 for the Lancers including two bunt singles. Second baseman Lupita Contreras was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

PCC's top perfomer in the game was freshman relief pitcher Jenna Martin, PCC's third hurler of the day, who pitched 4-2/3 innings of 4-hit ball. Although she gave up the Vaalu homer, Martin cooled down the Cerritos bats, walking none and striking out two. She added a bunt single in the seventh as a batter.

After 29 games, sophomore centerfielder Marissa Rangel has overtaken Contreras for the team batting average lead with a .386 mark to Lupita's .385 average. Sophomore third baseman-pitcher Amber Frame paces the team in RBI with 13 and has team-best marks with a .490 on-base percentage and .512 slugging percentage. She's third on the team in BAVG at .366.

In the pitching circle, Gontol has 4 wins to lead the team and Martin has a 3.85 ERA to pace the pitching staff in that category. Defensively, first baseman Kimberly Garcia has a PCC tops .981 fielding percentage with only 3 errors in 154 chances.

The Lancers next play at Long Beach City College Thursday, April 1 in a 3 p.m. conference start.

[Photo--Jenna Martin delivers a pitch during PCC's 9-3 loss to Cerritos Tuesday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/30/10
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