Offense gets the glory, but in the end it really comes down to defense.
Miscommunication, and a lack of defensive stops led the softball team to its fifth loss of the season as it came up short 13-5 against Citrus College on Feb. 1. The Owlâ€™s catcher Kawehi Ephan hit her second homerun ending the game early in the sixth inning.
The Lancers led Citrus in the top of the first 1-0 but a passed ball, catching error and home run by Ephan put PCC behind 4-1.
The second inning brought more challenges to PCC as no Lancers got on base. Outfield trouble and distractions on defense cost the Lancers seven runs bringing the score to 11-1.
â€œMentally, as soon as one little error happened it shut us all down,â€ said sophomore outfielder Ashley Shaneberger.Â â€œWe werenâ€™t able to pick ourselves back up again. It was all-mental for our side.â€
One play allowed two Owls to score, as freshman centerfielder Monica Enriquez caught the ball, but hesitated to throw it in.
â€œWe made an error with the ball right in our gloves and then they scored two runs. You canâ€™t do that,â€ said Assistant Coach Mary Geer
PCC fought back at the plate in the third inning
â€œChip away a little each inning,â€ yelled no need to repeat full title Geer to the dugout. â€œWeâ€™ve got to get in the game.â€
Geerâ€™s words settled well. PCC came out strongest offensively as freshman second baseman Audrey Serna hit a homerun bringing in sophomore outfielder Ashley Shaneberger and freshman third baseman Katelyn Thordarson. Freshmen outfielder Vanessa Contreras scored on a passed ball as well. Serna had one hit and 3 RBIs against the Owls.
There were no points on the board for the Lancers after that inning.
â€œWe hit the ball well, again, and continuously,â€ said Head Coach Brittany Williams. We did fight back, [and] didnâ€™t just lay down completely and let them beat us, 13-1. [That] was good to see.â€
Freshman pitcher Cierra Newton allowed 11 hits and six earned runs.
â€œWe need to help our pitchers a lot,â€ said Shaneberger. â€œThey had a great game. Weâ€™re just not helping them out defensively.â€