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Catcher Lacey Leads Softball To Golden West Consolation Title
Pasadena City College softball team catcher Allison Lacey has become the Lancers' most consistent player this season. Lacey put on a hitting clinic March 7-8 as PCC won three of four games and the consolation title at the annual Golden West Tournament.
A sophomore who played her prep ball at Crescenta Valley High, Lacey batted 9-for-12 (.750) with an impressive 10 RBI in the four games. She went 3-for-3 in the team's tourney opening win over host Golden West, 3-2. Later that evening, Lacey doubled and was 2-for-4 in an 8-7 loss to St. Katherine College, a 4-year university located in Encinitas (near San Diego). The Lancers were leading 7-1, but gave up six runs in the third to fall behind.
In a 10-1 win over Oxnard, Lacey knocked in five RBI, three on a single in the third inning. PCC capped the tourney with an 11-3 triumph over Victor Valley as Lacey was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI. The Lancers, who completed a 4-win week and a first South Coast Conference victory this year on March 6, have improved to 9-13 under first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger.
Lacey leads the team with a .419 batting average, 19 RBI, a .479 on-base percentage, a .565 slugging percentage, and 26 hits. She is tied for the PCC lead in doubles with three and is second on the squad with three triples. On defense, she has 20 assists, thrown out four runners trying to steal, and has made some key tags on outfield throws (involved in six double plays).
"Alli has quietly put together a tremendous season," Tantlinger said. "She's doing a great job behind the plate in helping the pitching staff. As a hitter, she's on a hot streak right now. We are starting to believe as a team that we can win.
Lefty pitcher Casey Ramirez hurled a 6-hit, complete game (six innings due to time limit) in defeating Golden West. Breanna Rodrigo gave up just five hits over five innnings for the pitching win over Oxnard. Alissa Barcena went four innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs and striking out four to pick up her third win v. Victor Valley.
Against Golden West, the Lancers trailed 2-1 in the fourth when shortstop Maddy Gianoli tripled in one run and Lacey singled her in for the game-winning RBI. Against St. Katherine, rightfielder Audrey Serna batted 2-for-3 with two RBI and first baseman Sara Quintero was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
In the rout over Oxnard, second baseman Justine Zavala scored three runs, including drawing two walks, while Gianoli was 1-for-1 with three runs and two walks. Designated player Jennifer Pegg batted in two with a pair of sacrifice fly balls. Centerfielder Vanessa Contreras ripped a double.
Against Victor Valley, Rodrigo batted 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBI, and three stolen bases. Quintero hit 2-for-2, Gianoli went 2-for-4 with three RBI while Serna was 2-for-3. The team was moving on the bases with 14 steals over the four games (five by Rodrigo).
PCC will play four games this week, including two makeups of rainouts. The Lancers travel to face Cerritos College on Tuesday, Mar. 11 in a SCC game. On Wednesday, Mar. 12, they play at Los Angeles Harbor (originally scheduled for February 27) and on Thursday, Mar. 13, the Lancers host El Camino at Robinson Park (2 p.m.). On Friday, Mar. 14, PCC will complete a halted non-conference game at Moorpark College (Feb. 6) at 2:30 p.m. The other two conference road games begin at 3 p.m.
[Photo--Allison Lacey slides home to score a run in PCC's win over El Camino College-Compton Center last week.]
Release Date: 03/11/14