Letdown For Softball After Cerritos Road Win

Lancer Amber Ingram helped key PCC's win at Cerritos on Wednesday.
Lancer Amber Ingram helped key PCC's win at Cerritos on Wednesday.

It was a week of highs and lows for the Pasadena City College softball team. A 13-inning win over Chaffey Tuesday was followed by Wednesday's euphoric comeback triumph at Cerritos College, 12-6, But the Lancers peaked it seemed at that point as flat home performances resulted in a 10-1, 7-inning loss to South Coast Conference North Division leader Mt. San Antonio on Thursday, then Friday's 6-2 defeat against Southwestern in a non-conference game.

PCC is 24-14 overall and now 7-4 in the SCC North with one conference contest remaining on Monday, April 23 against visiting East Los Angeles College. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Robinson Park. The Lancers are No. 14 in the most current SoCal RPI ratings as a postseason playoff spot seems inevitable despite the last two defeats.

Against Southwestern, the Lancers took a 2-0, first-inning lead on RBI singles byfirst baseman Amanda Flores and centerfielder  Angel Urbina. It went downhill from there as the Jaguars (No. 15 in RPI) relied on Trudi Nixon (18-7 pitching record), who retired 12 straight Lancers and finished with a 5-hitter (no earned runs) and struck out seven. Southwestern bats were led by Rebecca McKown who lined a 3-run double in the third inning and Nicole Correia, who slugged a 2-run homer over the centerfield fence in the fourth.

In Thursday's defeat, PCC lost a chance to share the SCC North title with Mt. SAC. The Lancers were 4-hit by Briana Wheeler (nine Ks) as Leilani Montanez batted 2-for-3. Mt. SAC scored four runs in the first inning.

On Wednesday, PCC rallied from 6-1 down, scoriing five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to beat the Falcons. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak over 11 seasons in games played at Cerritos. Last year, PCC snapped a 29-game overall losing streak between the two colleges. 

Reseve designated player Amber Ingram slugged 2-run doubles in each of the last two innings. Nathalia Velasquez went 5-for-5 while Angelica Lopez was 3-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI. Briana Hernandez, playing second base, went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a double and two RBI. Shortstop Alex Howard batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Angel Wintercorn threw three no-hit innings of relief to earn her 10th win.