Softball Prepares for Battle with CMS after Close Losses to Whittier

It’s been a shaky start to the season for P-P women’s softball.The Sagehens lost their first SCIAC match to La Verne with scores of 3-5 and 5-7 on Feb. 13, bringing their SCIAC record to 0-2. Their overall record is currently 1-3 after playing Patten on Feb. 8.Despite a disappointing start, Coach JoAnne Ferguson remains positive. “Even though we lost both games, I was pleased to see we can compete with anyone in the SCIAC and produce enough runs to win,” she said.

In their second game against La Verne, Captain Alyssa Corley PO ’11 (who slugged a grand slam in the match against Patten last week) and pitcher Carolyn Cross PO ’13 scored home runs for their team, the latter mildly distressing some basketball players with her hit into their court adjacent to Wig field.

Early morning weight-training sessions last semester seem to have paid off. The team clearly has the offensive power needed to bring in the runs. But, as Coach Ferguson recognizes, the team’s defense leaves something to be desired.

“The team is working hard at developing a more consistent defense this spring… our defense needs to continue to improve,” said Coach Ferguson when asked about the team’s preparations for this season.

In the second game against La Verne, the Sagehens ran into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning. The two teams were tied at 4-4, with the La Verne Leopards up to bat. A few precious fielding errors later, the Leopards were up by three runs, going on to win the game when the Sagehens failed to make a comeback in the last inning.

Captain Melanie Gularte PI ’10 stressed that the team “need(s) to focus on making the most out of each game…This can be done by being aggressive, both offensively and defensively.”

Yet, even with both a strong offence and defense, the team faces another obstacle: the prospect of a dry season, players-wise. The doubleheaders against La Verne were played with just 10 players, nine of which are on the field at any one time. Corley pointed out that, with 12 players this season, they are playing with one of the smallest teams they have had in a while.

“I started playing in eighth grade and till last semester, I’ve never had to play any position other than the catcher. This season, I’ve had to fill in at shortstop a couple of times,” Corley remarked.

Nonetheless, this season promises to be exciting as the Pomona-Pitzer team battles it out for one of the top four spots in order to qualify for the SCIAC tournament.As Coach Ferguson put it, “If you like to watch good hitting, come watch us play!”

They face familiar cross-town rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, currently atop the SCIAC standings, this Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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