Softball Season Ends, Asst. Coach Mary Geer Retires
The Pasadena City College softball team closed the 2014 season Tuesday with a 6-2 loss to co-South Coast Conference champion East Los Angeles. While the Lancers finished their first season under a new head coach in Monica Tantlinger, the program honored long-time assistant coach Mary Geer as she announced her retirement from PCC softball.
The Lancers (13-25 overall, 5-16 in sixth place in the SCC) recognized their seven sophomores and Geer, who is leaving her part-time coaching job at PCC after 21 seasons under five different head coaches. Geer threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the contest at Robinson Park.
Geer helped PCC make 12 trips to the playoffs under then head coach Sandi Iverson, who was in attendance along with another former assistant coach Wayne Maxwell. The three were part of the 2001 National Fastpitch Community College Coaching Staff of the Year in charge of the Lancers.
"I feel like the program is in good hands under Coach Monica," said Geer, who played for Iverson in 1984-85 as a second baseman. "I'll cherish the friendships and the great memories."
In the finale, first baseman Sara Quintero batted 2-for-3 with a double and freshman designated player Jennifer Pegg also hit 2-for-3. Frosh second baseman Justine Zavala slugged a RBI double. Starting pitcher Casey Ramirez scattered 11 hits and allowed four earned runs in going the complete game route.
Quintero, Ramirez, injured Audrey Serna, catcher Allison Lacey, centerfielder Vanessa Contreras, leftfielder Viviana Ordaz, and shortstop Maddy Gianoli all closed their 2-year Lancers playing careers. Serna led the team in hitting for the second straight season with a .426 average and a team-best two home runs. Lacey batted .375 and led PCC in hits (39) and RBI with 31. Gianoli (.303) topped PCC players in triples with five while Zavala (.340), Pegg (.319), and Quintero (.311, 20 RBI) also hit over .300. Freshman rightfielder-pitcher Breanna Rodrigo hit .291 and led PCC in stolen bases (21), runs scored (33), and walks (20).
Freshman Alissa Barcena was the team's pitching wins leader with six. Ramirez led the team in innings pitched with 113, complete games with nine, and she appeared in 27 games in the circle.
"I had to go through some growing pains as a first-time head coach," Tantlinger said. "I think we played better in the second half of the season. We played some close games against quality SCC teams like East LA, Long Beach, and El Camino. I really feel this program is going to make a big leap next season."
[Photo--PCC assistant coach Mary Geer throws out the first pitch Tuesday after announcing her retirement from the Lancers program, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]