Women's Softball Takes 4th Place at Golden West Tournament
The Pasadena City College softball team hit a milestone of sorts this weekend in taking fourth place at the Golden West Tournament. With 10 victories this season, the Lancers have already surpassed the win total of the last three years as they set sights on matching the 20-win mark put together by the 2009 team.
"It's a big deal to get to double digits in wins," said second-year head coach Brittany Williams, who endured a 9-win year in her first year in charge of the program last season as well as a 9-win year when she served as an assistant coach in 2011.
"We have a great deal better talent and a stalwart starting pitcher in Melissa Izumida. We put a pretty good showing here at Golden West, and I hope we can take some of our inspired play back into conference play this week."
The Lancers (10-13 overall) finished 2-3 at the tourney, but two of the defeats were close games and the PCC offense scored double figures in the two victories, a 10-5 triumph over Santa Barbara City College on Friday and a 13-5 rout over San Bernardino Valley played Saturday.
PCC opened the tourney with a 4-0 loss to Southwestern, a game in which the Jaguars' starter Gabrielle Beasley tossed a 1-hitter and allowed only two Lancer baserunners (a sixth-inning single by centerfielder Ashley Shaneberger and a second-inning walk to seocnd baseman Audrey Serna). Izumida held a shutout until the fifth when she was touched for three runs. She struck out eight batters, scattered nine hits in going the complete-game seven innings. Southwestern would go on to defeat Chaffey for the GWC tourney title.
In the win over Santa Barbara, PCC scored eight runs in the sixth inning to rally from a 5-2 deficit. Sara Quintero, who faced three batters as the starting pitcher before being removed and put back to designated player, batted 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. Quintero and catcher Jazmin Hernandez each had RBI singles in the sixth frame, an inning in which PCC sent 13 batters to the plate but only three batters reached via a base hit.
Izumida allowed only one earned run and pitched 5-2/3 relief innings of 4-hit ball for the victory. She set down 12 of the last 13 batters in a row (one walk in the fifth).
On Saturday, PCC scored six runs in the second inning en route to its win over San Bernardino Valley. Quintero was the hitting star as she went 3-for-3 with five RBI. Shortstop Katelyn Thordarson also went 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and one RBI. Serna was 1-fo–2 with two walks and three runs scored. Hernandez batted 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Overall, the Lancers 12 hits. Izumida recovered from allowing four runs in the third and hurled all six innings (eight hits, three earned runs, five strikeouts).
On Sunday, Izumida struck out eight hitters, but a PCC rally in the seventh wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss to Chaffey. The Lancers cut a 3-0 lead to one run on a sacrifice fly by Quintero and a RBI single by leftfielder Vanessa Contreras. With the tying run on third, rightfielder Emily Cuiriz grounded out to shortstop that ended the game.
PCC ran out of gas by its fifth game in three days in the third-place final v. Grossmont. The Griffins received a 3-run homer by catcher Kasey Campbell in the second inning and got four RBI on three singles by centerfielder Katy Crews in a 12-2 victory over the Lancers. The game ended after five innings due to the 8-run rule. For PCC, Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a RBI double and Contreras 2-for-3 also with a run-scoring double.
PCC resumes South Coast Conference play Tuesday, March 5 in a 3 p.m. game at Los Angeles Harbor College.
Izumida, Quintero and catcher-shortstop Allison Lacey were selected to the All-GWC Tournament team (see photo of Quintero (left), Izumida, Lacey (right), image by Mary Geer).