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COC notebook: Canyons avoids early upset

Cougars softball advances; men’s golf wins WSC

Posted: May 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

A loss to 16th-seeded Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon made for some apprehensive moments for the College of the Canyons softball team.

A big second inning in the decisive game eased those tensions.

Top-seeded COC advanced to the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoffs with a 13-1 win over Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars clinched the best-of-three series 2-1.

The men’s golf team, meanwhile, won the Western State Conference championship with a tremendous two-round performance on Monday at Marshallia Ranch.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams sent 11 athletes and one relay squad to this week’s SoCal finals at the prelims on Saturday in Mission Viejo.

The baseball team concluded its season with a 16-inning loss to Santa Barbara on Tuesday.


After beating Santa Barbara 7-2 during the series opener on Saturday, the Cougars suffered an unexpected setback with a 3-2 loss in the second game on Sunday.

That led to a decisive game three — and a decisive second inning.

Trailing 1-0, the Cougars scored five runs to take a 5-1 lead they never relinquished en route to the big victory.

Kimmie Lockhart earned the win in the final game, going all five innings and giving up just two hits with four strikeouts. Lockhart also went 3-for-3 with a double, while Shay Romero went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Adriana Correa hit her 19th home run of the season as COC pounded out 14 hits.

The second game of the series ended when Lockhart drilled a ball right at Santa Barbara’s second baseman with the bases loaded and two down. The loss snapped a 19-game unbeaten streak for COC.

Ruby Herrera went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a double in that game, while Alicia Paiz took the loss in the circle after giving up two earned runs on five hits. COC managed just five hits.

In the opening game of the series, Correa went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a solo home run.

Canyons is now 38-3-1 overall, and it will host Southwestern in the Super Regionals at 2 p.m. Friday.

Men’s golf

Led my medalist Aaron West, the Cougars shot twin 366s over two rounds to win the WSC title with a team score of 732 at Monday’s conference championships.

West was stronger in the first round, carding a 65 to finish five strokes ahead of anyone else. He shot a 75 in the second round, but it was still enough to earn medalist honors by five strokes over Allan Hancock’s Austin Kaiser.

COC’s Riley Hayfield finished third individually with twin 73s for a two-round score of 146. Derek Larson shot a 77 and a 72 for a 149, while Travis Bregman and Luke Kristo both shot 150s and Tyler Schwanz shot a 153.

Ventura College finished second with a team score of 761, 29 strokes behind Canyons, while Glendale was a surprising third with a score of 765. Hancock finished fourth at 776, followed by Citrus (782), Santa Barbara (796) and Bakersfield College (815).

The Cougars will take part in the Southern California Championships today at Glendora Country Club.

Track and field

Daniel Whitham qualified for the SoCal finals in three different events, while three different COC women qualified in multiple events on Saturday.

Whitham was first in his flight of the javelin and third overall with a mark of 53.51 meters, and he was third in his flight and six overall in the shot put at 14.7 meters. He finished seventh in his flight of the discus and 12th overall with a mark of 41.03 meters.

The top nine times qualify for the finals in track events with the exception of the 1,500, while the top 12 are taken in the field events.

Chris Low, the defending state champion in the 800-meter race, finished first overall in that event at prelims with a time of 1 minute, 51.46 seconds.

Joe Babrick had the top qualifying mark in the javelin at 56.81 meters, while Colton Berkery had the second-best pole vault mark of 4.54 meters.

The men’s 4x400 team was third in its heat and sixth overall in 3:17.57. Anthony Cresswell is the first alternate in the high jump after finishing 13th at 1.85 meters.

Amber Wright, Laurie Henigan and Jacqueline Keeley all qualified for the finals in two events. Wright finished first in her heat of the 400 and third overall in 56.57 seconds, and she was third in her heat of the 200 and seventh overall in 25.22 seconds.

Henigan, meanwhile was second in her heat and fifth overall in both the 100 (12.32 seconds) and the 100 hurdles (14.73 seconds). Keeley had the top qualifying time in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.49, and she was ninth overall in the 100 hurdles in 14.73 seconds.

Also for the COC women, Maddie Hardesty qualified for the finals in the 400 hurdles in 1:05.40, while Jillian Hurley was third in the pole vault at 3.16 meters.

Courtney Spaulding earned the last finals spot in the pole vault after finishing 12th at 3.06 meters, and Alex Ecsedy was sixth in her flight and 12th overall in the javelin at 31 meters even.

Ecsedy also competed in three other events but didn’t advance. She finished 15th overall in the shot put at 10.98 meters and 17th overall in both the discus (33.85 meters) and hammer throw (37.27 meters).

Keeley finished 23rd overall in the javelin with a mark of 26.7 meters, and Nouneh Assadouria was 24th in the triple jump at 9.79 meters.

For the men, Armando Macias finished 13th overall in the 400 hurdles in 55.65 seconds, and he was 23rd overall in the 110 hurdles in 17.08 seconds.

Cresswell wound up 14th overall in the pole vault at 4.43 meters, Whitham was 20th in the hammer throw at 41.42 meters and Nick Brooks was 21st in the 400 in 50.24 seconds.

The 4x100 team finished 18th overall in 43.12 seconds.

The SoCal finals will take begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mission Viejo.


A two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning for Santa Barbara doomed COC in a 6-5 loss in a CCCAA SoCal Regional play-in game on Tuesday in Santa Barbara.

Despite the loss, reliever John Salas went 11 1/3 innings and gave up just one run on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Christian Ornelas went 3-for-6 for the Cougars, while James Bonds and Connor Garelick each had two hits. Jake Jelmini and Adam Bouyer had two RBIs apiece, and Chad DeLaGuerra scored twice.

Cory Jones started the game for COC and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with 11 strikeouts.

Canyons finishes the season at 20-16-1.



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