Softball team losses due to mercy rule

After playing first baseman during the first game loss of last Tuesday’s doubleheader at home against Ventura College, Pierce’s Andrea Sixtos pitched the second game in hoping to reverse the fate of the previous game.

The game was kept at 2-0 in favor of Ventura for the first two innings, but the efforts from the last game on the team had worn them down, leading to a devastating series of events.

Despite the efforts of the Brahmas, the Ventura Pirates won the game 16-0 within five innings due to the mercy rule, which ends the game when one team leads by 10 or more runs in five innings.

A combination of walks and errors by the Brahmas allowed Ventura to score five runs in the third inning and nine runs in the fifth, in addition to the two earned during the first inning.

On offense, Pierce couldn’t get a run as the Pirates threw a three up, three down in the third and fourth, and a 4-6-3 double play in the second, along with three outs in four at-bats during the first and fifth innings.

The best play by the Brahmas’ offense was a double in the first inning, which is as far as the Brahmas got for the entire game, extending the Brahma losing streak to 11 straight.

Athletic Director Bob Lofrano felt the girls played hard during both games, but knew improvements needed to be made.

“They need to work on all aspects of the game,” Lofrano said.

The biggest play of the game was the in-field grand slam by Pirate Cheyenne Barrios that cemented a win for Ventura.

Although they won 16-0, Ventura center fielder Clarissa Samaniego felt their team could have worked harder.

“Our heads weren’t in the game,” Samaniego said. “We could have done way better. We need to get more focused.”

Storing off the field, head coach Pat Grennan felt frustrated at the results and performance shown during the game.

“[We need to work on] hitting,” Grennan said.

The Pierce softball team is scheduled to play at Santa Barbara this Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. against the Santa Barbara Vaqueros.

Link:       http://info.piercecollege.edu/departments/Athletics/softball.html