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COC softball faces elimination game Sunday; Baseball advances

Posted: May 4, 2013 9:15 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2013 9:15 p.m.


Things didn’t go so well for College of the Canyons softball in its postseason opener on Saturday afternoon.

Visiting Saddleback College jumped on COC starting pitcher Kimmie Lockhart in the second inning, and No. 5 seeded COC never recovered in a 14-5 five-inning loss to the No. seeded Gauchos.

The victory gives Saddleback a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three California Community College Athletic Association Softball Southern California Regional series.

“We were a little bit flat. When you’re playing at home and you have a big day and your getting everything organized, sometimes you forget your there to play the game. At some point in the day we woke up and realized we better get it together.”

Sarah Ditomm hit a two-run home run after a lead-off walk in the second inning, and the Gauchos batted around to take an 8-0 lead.

Saddleback scored in every inning the rest of the way, knocking Lockhart around to the tune of 14 hits and 12 earned runs in five innings.

After allowing two more runs in the third, COC closed the gap to 10-4 on an RBI double by Savannah Gut, a Saddleback error and a two-run home run by Saugus graduate Karlee Bickford.

COC would score once more in the fifth, on an RBI single by Lockhart, but it was far too little, too late.

“Their pitcher was very slow,” Wismath said of Saddleback pitcher Jordan Hodge. “She threw very slow and we just didn’t make the adjustments at times that if we could have finished a seven-inning game it maybe would have been a little bit closer.”

The Cougars managed eight hits off Hodge, who went 4 1/3 innings and gave way to Sydney Abounassar for the final two outs of the game.

College of the Canyons will get another shot at Saddleback, though, with the final two games of the series played today at Noon and, if necessary, 2 p.m.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on one game at a time,” Wismath said. “My message was to get some rest and prepare yourself for positive things to do (Sunday).”

College baseball

COC 3, San Bernardino 2

No. 13 seeded College of the Canyons baseball swept its opening round series with No. 4 seed San Bernardino on Saturday to advance to the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Super Regional

COC defeated San Bernardino 7-0 in Friday’s opening game before closing out the best-of-three series on Saturday with a 3-2 win.

On Saturday, Canyons scored three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead for good over the Wolverines at 3-2.

Steven Farnworth took the mound for COC, pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowing one run on no hits with two strikeouts.

Julian Garcia pitcked up the win in relief, throwing 3 1/3 innings and Icezack Flemming picked up the save, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings.

Ivan Vela delievered the game-winning RBI on a double in the sixth.

College of the Canyons will find out today where it’s playing in the Super Regional round from May 10 to May 12.

Top-seeded Fullerton and No. 3 seed Saddleback will host four-team double-elimination tournaments to see who advances to the CCCAA state championship at Fresno City College from May 17 to May 19.

This marks the second time COC has advanced to the Super Regional round under head coach Chris Cota.




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