Women’s softball reminded everyone of its offensive ability in yesterday’s 15-2 drubbing of Chaffey College (2-6) after suffering a 4-3 loss to El Camino on Tuesday.
PCC is now 4-9 overall, and 0-3 in the South Coast Conference.
The Lancers scored in all five innings against the Panthers. Designated hitter Audrey Serna led the way with a 3-run home run in the first inning—her first of the season. Outfielder Vanessa Contreras also had a 2-RBI triple hit. From then on it really was a complete team effort.
“Our hitting became contagious,” sophomore pitcher Casey Ramirez said. “The level of energy in the dugout increased dramatically, which set the tone for rest of the game.”
According to head coach Monica Tantlinger, at least seven different players drove in runs in the successful effort, while freshman pitcher Alissa Barcena only allowed three hits.
“We need to attack the ball tomorrow like we did today,” Tantlinger said. “Continue to have quality at-bats and work to get the first out of the inning.”
Against El Camino (7-5, 4-1) the Lancers struggled to stop the Warrior’s 3-run rally in the bottom of the third inning in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss.
Despite the defeat, left-handed Ramirez faced 26 batters and recorded three strikeouts with no walks.
“Ramirez was on and threw a great game,” said catcher Allie Lacey. “It sucks that we couldn’t get her another W in the win column.”
The Lancers came out Wednesday swinging hard, scoring all their runs in the first inning. Pitcher Breanna Rodrigo and shortstop Maddy Gianoli got the ball rolling with back-to-back singles. The bases were loaded after Lacey was walked, and Gianoli scored by default after first basemen Sara Quintero was walked.
“We came out strong batting, putting up three runs in the first inning. But after that we weren’t able to score any runners,” Lacey said.
The Lancers are set to play Long Beach City College today at Robinson Park at 2 p.m.
“I feel confident about going into today’s game,” Ramirez said. “Our level of play is improving because we’re learning from our mistakes as a whole.”