The womenâ€™s softball team finished off last week with a brutal loss to Cerritos College 9-0 on March 14 after a landslide victory on March 12 against ECC Compton Center, 12-1.
The Lancers remain in fifth place in the South Coast Conference, 4-5, and 12-13 overall.
Against Cerritos (8-2, 15-7), the Lancers totaled only three hits and had 18 at bats compared to the Falconsâ€™ 26. Freshman outfielder Jazmin Hernandez, freshman pitcher Cierra Newton, and freshman second baseman Emily Cuiriz had one hit apiece.
â€œWe did have good at bats for the most part,â€ said Head Coach Brittany Williams. â€œWe adjusted from the last time we played them, [but] we just didnâ€™t hit the ball that hard and didnâ€™t hit it when we needed to hit.â€
Team errors were minimal along with the Lancersâ€™ intensity. The team went on a two-inning hitting drought, resulting in defeated looks and fatigued body language.
â€œThe energy was just up and down and thatâ€™s what happened,â€ said Newton. â€œWe just didnâ€™t hit. They found holes where we werenâ€™t. Softball is all about whoever has momentum.â€
It was Newtonâ€™s second game back after being out for two weeks with an ankle injury. She allowed nine runs and had two strikeouts.
â€œIt was a more competitive game last time [we played Cerritos],â€ said Assistant Coach Mary Geer. â€œ[Last time] we were in it until the last inning.â€
On March 12, the team dominated ECC Compton Center, 12-1. The game lasted only until the sixth inning due to the eight-point mercy rule.
It was the Lancersâ€™ fourth victory in a row reaching double digits.
â€œEach win has been a complete team effort,â€ said Williams. â€œThe bottom half of our lineup came up huge in our past 4 wins, which has been the biggest contributing factor.â€
Freshman shortstop Katelyn Thordarson batted 3-for-5, and had three RBIs off of a triple. Cuiriz went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while freshman third baseman Audrey Serna batted 2-for-5.
â€œThordarson, Serna and Cuiriz have been very consistent for us, with Cuiriz coming on these last few weeks,â€ said Williams. â€œThey are seeing the ball well right now and doing their jobs.â€
Newton topped off the teamâ€™s offensive with tremendous pitching. She threw a 4-hitter and had four strikeouts.
â€œMost of the players gave 110 percent, but as soon as we get every player then no team will touch us,â€ said Geer.