News: ELAC's Medina Outlasts PCC's Ramirez, 1-0, In 10-Inning Duel
Pasadena City College softball lefty Casey Ramirez used solid control and kept East Los Angeles off-balance in blanking the Huskies for the first nine innings Tuesday. Unfortunately for Ramirez, ELAC's Alashanee Medina overpowered PCC's hitters and set her school record for strikeouts with 21 as the Lancers fell in 10 innings, 1-0, at Robinson Park.
The South Coast Conference game might still be going if not for a controversial umpire call on a fly ball hit by ELAC in the 10th inning. With one out, PCC leftfielder Viviana Ordaz stumbled as she caught a high fly batted by Breanna Takanaka. Ordaz had the ball in her glove as she hit the artificial turf, but while on the ground and on a transfer she bounced a toss to centerfielder Vanessa Contreras. The base umpire ruled that Ordaz did not finish the catch and Takanaka reached second base on the play. Ordaz had to leave the game with a ankle sprain.
After Takanaka reached third on a wild pitch, she scored the game's lone run when PCC second baseman Justine Zavala fired a fielder's choice throw to home. Catcher Ali Lacey tried to make a swipe tag, but the home umpire ruled Lacey missed the sliding Takanaka.
Ramirez, a sophomore from Glendale High, took the hard-luck loss despite allowing just five hits, walking two and striking out four. She also received a big defensive play turned in by Contreras in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Contreras made a catch in center and turned it into an 8-2 inning-ending double play with a perfect one-hop throw and tag by Lacey on ELAC's Valerie Aguilar. Ramirez set down the Huskies 1-2-3 in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Medina struck out pinch hitter Jennifer Pegg for her 21st K as she completed the extra-inning, 3-hit shutout. A transfer from the College of Nevada and a product of Mark Keppel High, Medina used explosive fastballs with spot changeups to strike out 11 Lancers looking. She struck out the side in the first two innings and had two Ks in every other inning but the fifth.
The Lancers nearly scored in the sixth as Maddy Gianoli reached on a bunt single and then beat a fielder's choice throw to second on a ball hit by Lacey. The two went to second and third on a double steal. But Medina got Audrey Serna to hit a tapper that she gunned out Gianoli at home on another fielder's choice. Medina struck out Sara Quintero to end the PCC threat.
The matchup was the first time that PCC first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger faced her former college as she was an assistant on East LA coach Erika Blanco's staff in 2013.
"We played a great defensive game and Casey couldn't have pitched better," Tantlinger said. "But Medina overpowered us. It's a tough loss but we kept a good SCC team off the board for nine innings. I'm proud of our effort."
The Lancers dropped to 5-12 overall (0-6 in conference and 0-6 at their home diamond). ELAC improved to 8-4 and 4-2 in SCC play. PCC will host El Camino College-Compton Center on Thursday, Mar. 6 in a 2 p.m. contest at Robinson Park.
[Photo--Casey Ramirez catches the pop-up and pitched a brilliant 10 innings in a 1-0 Lancers' loss v. East Los Angeles Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/04/2014