Pasadena softball suffered a tough loss against El Camino College (ECC) on Tuesday, losing 7-2 on the road.

The loss against ECC puts the Lancers in fifth place with a 9-10 conference record.

Head coach Monica Tantlinger’s team came into the game against ECC with high hopes, looking for a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

“They knew this week was a big week,” Tantlinger said. “They wanted to play hard innings. They were excited about playing El Camino.”

Pasadena held ECC to one run for the first four innings and tied the game up 1-1 at the top of the fifth when Brenda Rivas doubled to right field and brought in Karen Najera.

“We played well against El Camino for part of the game,” Short Stop Karina Moreno said. “The outcome could have been better if we played that way for the whole game.

Starting pitcher Alyssa Madrid pitched the majority of the game for the Lancers, facing 23 batters and striking out three.

“I think, personally, I was doing really well. I think my pitching put us in a position where we could have done better,” Madrid said. “There were some parts where we were drifting away. I feel like we could have been more stable throughout the game.”

ECC scored three runs to take the lead in the fifth inning and scored another three runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead, 7-1.

Pasadena ended the game with seven hits in total and had six runners left on base.

“In softball you need 3 things to win a game. Great pitching, great defense, and timely hitting,” right fielder Derek Blow said. “We got runners on almost every inning but we didn’t have those timely hits.”

The Lancers have now lost two games in a row and need to win their next two conference games, one against No. 4 Long Beach City College and the other against No. 2 Cerritos College, in order to have any chance to go to the playoffs.

“Going into Long Beach, we are pumped. With Long Beach, there’s bad blood between us. More of a rivalry,” catcher Holly Riker-Sloan said. “We have a fire in our belly. We are ready to go.”

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