The Lancers softball team record dropped to 5-9 as its opponent Mt. San Antonio College came out slugging in the first few innings in the two teams first meeting Feb. 23. The final score was 10-4.
The Lancers came on strong at the end, but it was too little too late. “We didn’t start [the game] with a fight,” said Brittany Williams, who is in her first season as head coach.
The game didn’t start off all too well for the Lancers, as Mt. SAC came out scoring one runner in the first inning and then another six in the second inning. The third inning wasn’t a good inning for the Lancers either, as Mt. SAC added another three runs to its lead off of a homerun.
“They are a really good team,” said Williams, adding that Mt. SAC was one of the better teams in the league.
A bright spot in the game was when the Lancers changed pitchers to Kayla Moore. She came in to close out the third inning, getting two batters to pop-out and one to strike-out.
The Lancer team members huddled up and shouted “Yes we can!” as they came back in the fourth with a new fire burning within them. Moore took out the Mt. SAC batters one, two, three, and in the bottom of the fourth, the Lancers scored three runs.
The Lancers scored in the fifth inning off of a wild pitch, but couldn’t get anything else going.
Moore allowed one earned run to score in the sixth inning off a homerun, but other than that, pitched a strong game.
“She is our ace,” said Maddy Gianoli, who played the shortstop position against Mt. SAC. “[Moore] hadn’t been playing that well recently, but today she looked like the player we all know her to be.”
“We need to come out every game and start with the same fire that we ended this game with,” said Coach Williams. “If we start with that fight in us, we’ll be winning a lot more games.”
The Lancers softball team took a hard loss against Los Angeles Harbor College on Tuesday, losing 11-3. PCC had just come off a two-game winning streak in the South Coast Conference before the loss making its record 5-8 and 2-1 in the SCC.
“I felt very confident going into our game versus LA Harbor. We have been playing well, and we’re coming into the game 2-0 in conference, so I had no doubts in my mind that we would be successful,” said Coach Brittany Williams.
PCC had a great start with the first batter Brittany Skoien doubling and then advancing to third inning after an error by the right fielder in the first inning. Skoien would later score the only run for the Lancers in the first inning inning.
“Brittany Skoien had a particularly great game,” said Coach Williams. “She had been struggling a bit offensively, and because of extenuating circumstances, she had to play the infield and lead off. She handled it incredibly well, starting the game off with a triple and she also played very well defensively,” said Coach Williams.
The Lancers tried their best to score but only scored in three of the six innings while the Seahawks scored in every inning except the fifth.
The only other runs we scored by Elizabeth Luna after being walked in the top of the third and in the fifth after Maddy Gianoli singled.
“We did not execute our game plan as well as we are capable of. Had we been more aggressive, the outcome would have been different, said Coach Williams. “Offensively, we could have attacked strikes more often, instead of letting the pitcher get ahead of us. Defensively, we needed to take care of the ball a little bit better,” said Coach Williams.
The Seahawks, who are 5-5 and 1-2 in SCC, have been a tough competitor for the Lancers in the past, and they wasted no time in showing that this year was no different. The Seahawks scored three runs in the first inning before doing most of their damage in the fourth inning where they scored another four runs.