News: Late Offense Not Enough For Softball In SCC Opener
The Pasadena City College women’s softball team showed great determination in the final two innings of its South Coast Conference opener Tuesday when it faced off against undefeated host El Camino College-Compton Center.
Unfortunately for the Lancers, their late charge wasn’t enough. PCC strung together three hits for two runs in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to stage a late comeback attempt before ultimately falling to the Tartars, 6-4.
PCC is 2-7 while Compton, the conference’s last place team a year ago, is a surprising 6-0.
With her team trailing 6-1 after five innings, freshman designated player Jennifer Pegg ignited the Lancers offense with a single to right field and eventually ended up on third after another single (to left) by sophomore first baseman Sara Quintero. Sophomore outfielder Vanessa Contreras picked up a RBI when she singled to shortstop to bring Pegg home. Pinch runner Estelle Glorioso then scored on a single by freshman catcher Lyandra Opbroek.
Making her first collegiate start, Opbroek (Covina High, pictured) batted 2-for-3 in place of injured regular sophomore starter Allison Lacey, the team’s leading hitter at .368.
Pegg, who went 2-for-4 on the day, added a run-scoring groundout to shortstop that brought in freshman second baseman Justine Zavala that cut it to 6-4. Compton reliever Priscilla Gomez shut the door on the Lancers by retiring the final two batters for the save.
“I always appreciate a good fight,” PCC first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger said, “But when we as a team only fight for two innings in a ball game, chances are we won’t get the result we want.”
PCC trailed 2-1 through three innings, but Compton scored three runs in the fourth ignited by two Lancers’ infield errors. The three unearned runs gave the Tartars a commanding 5-1 lead at that point.
Casey Ramirez, who relieved the starter Pegg in the first inning, pitched well in keeping the Lancers close. Ramirez, a sophomore lefthander, twirled 5-1/3 innings of 5-hit ball, allowing only one earned run (four total) and striking out three.
“I’m still optimistic because the players are learning,” Tantlinger said. “They’ve had some tough lessons, and as long as we continue to grow, there is positive movement forward. The season is still early and we still have time to accomplish our goals.”
The Lancers will start working on those goals in their next game, which will be on Thursday, Feb. 13 when they host Cerritos College at Robinson Park. First pitch is 2 p.m.
Release written by Sara Medina, sports information assistant
Release Date: 02/12/2014