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The women’s softball team finished off last week with a brutal loss to Cerritos College 9-0 on March 14 after a landslide victory on March 12 against ECC Compton Center, 12-1.

The Lancers remain in fifth place in the South Coast Conference, 4-5, and 12-13 overall.

Against Cerritos (8-2, 15-7), the Lancers totaled only three hits and had 18 at bats compared to the Falcons’ 26. Freshman outfielder Jazmin Hernandez, freshman pitcher Cierra Newton, and freshman second baseman Emily Cuiriz had one hit apiece.

“We did have good at bats for the most part,” said Head Coach Brittany Williams. “We adjusted from the last time we played them, [but] we just didn’t hit the ball that hard and didn’t hit it when we needed to hit.”

Team errors were minimal along with the Lancers’ intensity. The team went on a two-inning hitting drought, resulting in defeated looks and fatigued body language.

“The energy was just up and down and that’s what happened,” said Newton. “We just didn’t hit. They found holes where we weren’t. Softball is all about whoever has momentum.”

It was Newton’s second game back after being out for two weeks with an ankle injury. She allowed nine runs and had two strikeouts.

“It was a more competitive game last time [we played Cerritos],” said Assistant Coach Mary Geer. “[Last time] we were in it until the last inning.”

On March 12, the team dominated ECC Compton Center, 12-1. The game lasted only until the sixth inning due to the eight-point mercy rule.

It was the Lancers’ fourth victory in a row reaching double digits.

“Each win has been a complete team effort,” said Williams. “The bottom half of our lineup came up huge in our past 4 wins, which has been the biggest contributing factor.”

Freshman shortstop Katelyn Thordarson batted 3-for-5, and had three RBIs off of a triple. Cuiriz went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while freshman third baseman Audrey Serna batted 2-for-5.

“Thordarson, Serna and Cuiriz have been very consistent for us, with Cuiriz coming on these last few weeks,” said Williams. “They are seeing the ball well right now and doing their jobs.”

Newton topped off the team’s offensive with tremendous pitching. She threw a 4-hitter and had four strikeouts.

“Most of the players gave 110 percent, but as soon as we get every player then no team will touch us,” said Geer.

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