Strong PCC hitting led the women’s softball team to a lopsided victory against ECC Compton Center, 9-1 at Robinson Park on Thursday, April 4.
â€œWe really just concentrated this week on having fire every inning,â€ said Head Coach Brittany Williams. â€œWe werenâ€™t passive at all; we played very loose and relaxed.â€
The trio, shortstop Katelyn Thordarson, third baseman Audrey Serna, and first baseman Natalie Ficocelli helped the Lancers pommuled the Tartars, scoring two RBIs each in the South Coast Conference game that was called after five innings by the 8-run mercy rule.
â€œAs a team we played hard and didnâ€™t give up,â€ said Thordarson. â€œWe just hit a point in the season where we werenâ€™t doing so well, but we got our stuff together and we will play well in the remaining games.â€
The charged fifth inning ended with the Lancers scoring four runs. The first two batted by outfielder Marilyn Ayala and center fielder Jazmin Hernandez.
Outfielder Monica Enriquezâ€™ RBI-double brought home Hernandez from first base and Porchia Jackson from second base ending the game 9-1.
â€œI was in it to win it,â€ said Enriquez. â€œI was happy we won because we worked really hard. I feel proud for what we did as a team.â€
In the first inning, Thordarsonâ€™s RBI brought home Enriquez scoring the Lancerâ€™s first run. Serna’s RBI-single followed giving the Lancers a 2-1 lead.
Comptonâ€™s shortstop Katelyn Meredith hit an RBI-double in the first inning for the Tartars’ single run.
The Lancers made short work of the Tartarâ€™s batters with three consecutive outs in the second inning, followed by the Lancersâ€™ strike and two outs.
Coming off a tough loss on Tuesday against ELAC, this victory brings the Lancers to 6-10 in SCC play.
â€œWe scored a lot of runs and took extra bases,â€ said Williams. â€œIn this game, we attacked every inning and scored every inning.â€
Despite several SCC losses the team stays positive encouraging each other. Thordarson said the players have learned to keep the energy up in the dugout even when theyâ€™re not doing well because it translates to the field.
â€œLetâ€™s go 15, send it to Altadena,â€ shouted the crowd at Thordarson who was getting ready to hit.
â€œCheering keeps us focused and we know that somebodyâ€™s [got] our backs,â€ said Thordarson. â€œHearing someone say to keep going, itâ€™s all we need.â€