Wintercorn Pitches No-No, Softball Mercies Compton, 12-0

Angel Wintercorn pitches a no-hitter on Wednesday, photo by Richard Quinton.
Angel Wintercorn pitches a no-hitter on Wednesday, photo by Richard Quinton.

Angel Wintercorn became the second Pasadena City College softball team pitcher to toss a no-hitter this season on Wednesday. She retired 15 Compton College batters without allowing a hit as the Lancers powered their way to a 12-0, 5-inning mercy victory at Robinson Park.

Wintercorn (5-3), a sophomore, only allowed two baserunners, a second-inning dropped fly ball in right and a walk to lead off the third. She struck out six batters. Her performance followed the Jan. 29, 7-inning, no-hitter thrown by teammate Britney Lopez v. Saddleback. The two no-hitters occurred after no Lancers no-no's in the previous 13 seasons. 

PCC's offense was paced by rightfielder Nathalia Velasquez, who lined a 2-run homer over the left-center field fence in the third inning as part of her three RBI, and first baseman Amanda Flores, who twice bombed doubles to deep center field, and added two RBI. Leftfielder Briana Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a double and shortstop Kaylee Medrano batted 2-for-2 with a stolen base. Amber Ingram added a 2-RBI pinch single in a 7-run Lancers fourth inning. 

Pasadena moved over the .500 mark at 10-9 and upped its SoCal Region RPI to the No. 12 spot. Compton fell to 9-13. 

On March 9, the Lancers downed host Allan Hancock, 8-6, as Wintercorn recorded the circle win in twirling 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs while striking out eight. Lopez picked up her second save in 1.1 innings of work. Offensively, PCC banged out 12 hits, two each by rightfielder Angelica Lopez, shortstop Alex Howard, third baseman Medrano (a double and a triple), and second baseman-centerfielder Angel Urbina, who slugged a 2-RBI triple in the fifth for what proved to be the decisive runs. Pasadena stole nine bases, two a piece by Kaylee Medrano and reserve rightfielder Leilani Montanez

In a road game on March 8, Long Beach City College's Alissa Cienfuegos single-handedly beat the Lancers, 1-0. Besides throwing a 3-hitter in striking out nine, Cienfuegos manufactured the game's only run on a fifth-inning home run. It was the only hit allowed by Wintercorn, who threw three innings of relief with three Ks but took the loss. Starter Lopez went three innings, scattering five hits and kept the game scoreless.

On March 6, PCC won a road affair at LA Harbor, 6-2, as Angelica Lopez (playing third base) was 2-for-2 with solo home run, a double, two walks and four runs scored. Kaylee Medrano, playing shortstop, also was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI. Urbina hit 2-for-3 with a double while Howard, in a rare start as a catcher, knocked in two runs on a sixth-inning single. Britney Lopez gave up just two hits over six innings to improve her record to 6-3. 

Coached by Monica Tantlinger, PCC plays at Cerritos College on Thursday, March 15 in a 3 p.m. game.