The women’s softball season home opener against Antelope Valley College proved to be a rough start to the 2014 season for the Lancers, who lost 9-0 in five innings against the Marauders.

“The game was rough,” said third baseman Katelyn Thordarson. “Our pitchers walked a lot of people, but I’m excited for the season.”

The Lancers’ sophomore outfielder Vanessa Contreras had the only official hit of the game for PCC. The team batted a combined .083, compared to Antelope Valley’s .400 batting average.

“AVC is a tough team and played a good game,” head coach Monica Tantlinger said. “First game showed me as a coach that these players are willing to fight. Their energy was consistent start to finish. I felt that they never thought they were completely out of it.”

Sophomore pitcher Casey Ramirez pitched three innings, allowing five hits, three walks and no earned runs. Freshman pitcher/ utility player Breanna Rodrigo allowed three hits and six earned runs—amounting to a 25.20 ERA— in relief.

“Rodrigo played three key positions, showing her athletic versatility,” Tantlinger said. “Ramirez came through in a huge way throwing innings and didn’t give up a single earned run.”

Efforts from sophomore catcher Allie Lacey, sophomore outfielders Audrey Serna and Sarah Quintero, along with freshman infielder/ utility player Karen Najera contributed to PCC’s defense.

“You can’t really tell how a team plays together as a whole on the first game because several of us were nervous and had the jitters, so we didn’t play to our potential,” said Serna. “After this weekend I can answer that question.”

This weekend the Lancers head to Palm Desert to participate in the College of the Desert tournament, and will face off Imperial Valley College and College of the Desert tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

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