News: Softball Goes 7 With Cerritos
For the third time this season, the Pasadena City College softball team was blanked at its home diamond, Robinson Park. But its 6-0, South Coast Conference loss Thursday v. perennial state power Cerritos College showed some encouraging signs for the Lancers.
PCC (2-8 overall, 0-2 in the SCC) remained tied with the Falcons (3-3, 2-0) for three innings and lasted the regulation seven innings, a feat in itself for the Lancers when playing Cerritos. Last year, the Lancers lost all three of their contests with the Falcons via the 8-run mercy rule, and only one that reached as far as the sixth before being stopped.
Not only that, but PCC did this two days after Cerritos mercied last year's undefeated conference champion Mt. San Antonio (10-2 in six innings) while hitting three home runs. The Lancers slowed down the Falcons, including limiting 2013 SCC Player of the Year Ariana Mejia to one single and holding power-hitting shortstop Stephanie Olivas to no hits after her two home runs and six RBI v. the Mounties.
PCC's defense was strong for the most part, including a slick catch in deep center by Vanessa Contreras that ended a Falcons' rally in the second, a 6-4-3 double play turned by middle infielders Maddy Gianoli and Justine Zavala (same inning), a head's up back-door fielder's choice toss from third baseman Karen Najera to Gianoli covering the bag (third inning), another smart play when Gianoli forced a rundown with Zavala eventually retiring a Cerritos runner at home on a throw to catcher Allison Lacey (fifth), and a caught stealing throw to Najera from Lacey in the sixth.
Pasadena pitchers Breanna Rodrigo (4-1/3 innings, seven hits, three earned runs) and Casey Ramirez (2-2/3 innings, three hits, one run) threw admirably. The Falcons big hits were a 2-RBI triple in the fourth by their ninth batter Arianna Hernandez and a 2-run double by Haley Whitney in the fifth.
Cerritos pitchers Jamie Ramirez (four innings, two hits, the win) and Kat Flores (three innings, two hits, the save) combined for the shutout. The Lancers best chance to score was in the fifth, but line singles to center by both first baseman Sara Quintero and Contreras were ultimately wasted.
PCC will next play a non-conference doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 15 at Oxnard College. First game begins at 12 noon.
[Photo--Lancers catcher Ali Lacey makes the tag on a Cerritos runner at home plate during PCC's loss Thursday at Robinson Park.]
Release Date: 02/13/2014