After snapping their losing streak last week, softball took another win on Thursday, in a landslide 11-0 victory at Rio Hondo College (RCC) bringing their overall record to 7-6.
The Lancers gained momentum in the game early, putting 3 runs on the board in the first inning and finishing strong by acquiring 6 runs total between the 4th and 5th innings. Left fielder Nathalia Velasquez thought their performance against Rio Hondo was an example of the team’s tenacity.
“I think we really wanted it that day, it didn’t matter who we were playing, we just came out strong and played our ball the way we know how,” said Velasquez, who picked up a run and an RBI in Thursday’s game.
Teammate and center fielder Angel Urbina agreed that it was a game in which their skills were exemplified in how well as a team they played.
“Everything was on point, routine plays, timely hits and everyone was playing softball like they know to play,” she said.
With 13 games come and gone, the Lancers have had their fair share of high and low. Urbina, Velasquez and pitcher Angel Wintercorn agree that their high was starting the season on a five game win streak with the low being the six game losing streak that followed. But they do see their team strengths.
“I think our pitching is doing really well,” said Velasquez. “[We also pick] each other up when someone makes errors or strikes out.”
Now the team is looking towards the rest of the season, in hopes to continue with a powerful team mentality.
“[A goal] is to beat teams we’re supposed to beat and not let up on some teams,” said Wintercorn. “To beat teams where we might think we’re the underdog. I think that we could beat every team it’s just a matter of everyone playing together.”
Another main goal is to also go further than round one of the playoffs, where they were last year.
Urbina mentioned that a key to team success is the repetition of what they know of playing the game, in that they “have all played this game since they were little” and they had to follow through.
The Lancers lost 7-2 to Chaffey at home on Tuesday. This Thursday they face off against their 12-1 rivals, Mt. SAC at Robinson Park at 2:30pm.