Softball had a hard week on the road

Eric Haynes/Courier - Freshman centerfielder Cynthia McKeehan (right) slides to second base, attempting to get Viking Erika Balboa (left) out while pitcher Alyssa Madrid looks on during the Lancers game against Long Beach City College on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Pasadena softball was sent home early, ending an unsuccessful week after a 10-1 loss in the fifth inning to Cerritos College at Nancy Kelly field last Thursday.

The Lancers began last week losing 4-2 to Long Beach City College when they failed to rally in the final innings of the game.

“We had some defensive miscues that put us in a hole,” Head Coach Monica Tantlinger said. “But really it was our offense that was unable to come through. We lacked some timely hits and it cost us.”

Right Fielder Derek Blow was responsible for both of Pasadena’s RBIs, including a single home run.

“I just stuck to the process I’ve been working this entire season,” Blow said. “Home runs are the product of working the process and focusing on my pitch. It always feels good to watch the ball go over.”

The Lancers were unable to pick things up when they traveled to face Cerritos the following Thursday, losing to the Falcons before the sixth inning for the second time this season.

Cerritos, coming off of two high scoring wins, quickly went up by five runs in the first inning despite Pasadena’s star pitcher Alyssa Madrid best efforts.

By the third inning Cerritos had all the momentum and showed no signs of slowing down, causing sophomore pitcher Alissa Barcena to step in and relieve Madrid.

“Cerritos scored 8 runs so we needed to make a change,” Tantlinger said.

Regardless of who was pitching the Lancers defense did little to prevent Cerritos’ offensive blitzkrieg, accumulating three errors and giving up ten runs over all.

Karina Moreno, who was responsible for one error herself, said, “We made errors and they got the hits when they needed it. We could have made less errors and we could have came back stronger after …”

Even after suffering two losses, Tantlinger is optimistic about the remaining games in the regular season.

“We play everyone one more time. We have a few key series that we are looking to win,” Tantlinger said. “Conference is still back and forth with a lot of teams. I hope that we play well last round and finish on a positive.”

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