PCC’s softball team took another loss against El Camino due to the lack of hits that resulted in a final score of 5-2.
“Yesterday we had a pretty rough game, so I just wanted to come out here and be more competitive at bats and more competitive showing and I think that we did that,” said head coach Monica Tantlinger. “I’m not satisfied with the loss but I think today was a step in the right direction for our overall approach for the rest of the season.”
In the top of the first inning, the girls were down by two runs when an El Camino player hit a homerun to center field, starting the game with a score of 2-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, shortstop Danielle Ruiz hit a single towards left field; she then stole second base during the next at bat. Ahylie Rosales hit a fly ball to right field but the ball was then caught, Ruiz then advanced to third base. Katelyn Wooton, hit a single towards the left-center field which gave Ruiz the opportunity to score. The score remained 2-1 during the first and second inning.
“Coming into the game we were mainly focused on getting those routine plays and making sure we had communication, I think today they just out bested us, but for the next time we definitely want to be more aggressive,” Ruiz said.
The Lancers kept making contact with the ball but El Camino’s defense was on top of it. The Warriors scored another run on the Lancers during the top of the third inning. Soon after PCC’s catcher Jennie Chacon made a throwing error that caused El Camino to score on them; ending the third inning with a score of 4-1.
“My strategy today was to come out with a fresh mentality and just play the best that I could and help my team out,” stated Chacon. “If I could have changed something about the game it would be nothing, I’m confident with my team.”
In the bottom of the fourth, Samantha Diaz hit a hard double towards left-center field. Up next to bat was Chacon and she hit a single to left field, allowing Diaz to advance to third base. Now with Chacon on second and Diaz on third, Elena Bahnimtewa hit towards center field which allowed Diaz to score. Chacon saw an opening to slide to home base but was tagged out when the El Camino catcher caught the ball right as she was making it home.
El Camino scored another run during the top of the fifth from an RBI. PCC batted with all their strength but were cut short with the Warriors defense.
“I would have liked to get some timely hits, I thought that we had some base runners on that ended up not scoring and every time El Camino had runners on they did score, I just wish we would have had a better execution,” Tantlinger expressed.
No other runs were made from either teams during the sixth and seventh inning. Lancers fought all the way towards the end but it was not enough against the Warriors. Final score: 5-2.