The Lancers softball team showed off their hitting skills in a crushing 10-0 blow out win over East Los Angeles Tuesday at Robinson Park.
The Lady Lancers would take command early when Holly Riker-Sloan hit the ball into left field and brought home Cynthia McKeehan and Karina Moreno on an error to build a two-run lead.
“I felt confident that I had the pitcher’s number,” said Riker-Sloan. “We could tell that their infield was shaken up from the beginning, so our key was to hit the holes, and hit hard at them, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Head Coach Monica Tantlinger attributes the win to sticking with their new offensive plan and the dominant tone being set by her pitchers.
“It gives our offense an opportunity to work through some kinks, put some runs on the board, and then our pitchers shut them down after that,” said Tantlinger. “And when our defense plays that well behind them you know it’s gonna be hard for any team to put something together against us.”
Pasadena gave an impressive defensive performance, allowing only two hits and having no errors—a personal goal for Riker-Sloan.
“They can’t get it through us … We freeze runners and we intimidate the other team,” said Riker-Sloan. “We go out there and just go one hundred and ten percent the whole time. Our defense has been unstoppable.”
Star pitcher Raeleen Fuentes only had to face 17 batters and stuck out three.
“Our defense was excellent,” said Fuentes. “People were diving for balls and everyone did what they needed to do.”
The Lancers’ bats stayed dormant until erupting in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored eight more runs to close out the game before the bottom of the fifth inning.
Designated hitter Derek Blow had one RBI, bringing in Fuentes for the final run of the game.
“In that fourth inning we just exploded and kept going,” said Blow. “We started a rally and batted our whole line up.
The Lancers are now 1-0 in conference and will play Orange Coast College in a non-conference game on Saturday.