Despite Early Season Struggles, Hens Show Promise for Next Season

The Pomona-Pitzer softball team played their final games of the season last weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders at home. The Sagehens earned a split against Occidental College (6-34, 3-25 SCIAC) on Friday, April 25, losing game one 4-2 but coming back to win the nightcap 7-4. On Saturday, April 26, they suffered a pair of losses against the University of La Verne (20-20, 14-14 SCIAC) but took game two into nine innings. P-P finished their season seventh in the SCIAC with an overall record of 9-30 and a conference record of 6-22. 

Despite getting off to a disappointing start with a loss in game one, the Sagehen offense was absolutely on fire in game two against Occidental on Friday. All nine batters in the lineup reached base at some point in the game, and each one of them either produced at least one hit or gave a successful sacrifice to advance a teammate. Eight of the nine batters combined for an impressive total of 13 hits over the course of the game. Lindsay McCord PZ ’16 and Allison Boden PO ’14, who both hit doubles, and Susanne Boden PO ’16, who tripled, were especially powerful in the 7-4 win. The Sagehens tied their record for runs scored against a conference opponent this season. Eden Griffen PZ ’17 was the winning pitcher, improving her record to 5-14 on the season. 

Saturday was Senior Day for four of the P-P players. Before the first game kicked off at noon, the Pomona College seniors on the team—Caitlyn Hynes and triplets Lauren Boden, Stephanie Boden, and Allison Boden—were recognized in a small ceremony on the field with their families. When game one began, the starting infield featured the senior Bodens at second base, shortstop, and third base, while their younger sister, Susanne Boden PO ’16, started at first base in a tribute to the four sisters’ final game as teammates. Hynes, who usually plays first, began the inning in right field. After the first pitch of the game—which, incidentally, was hit to right field just out of Hynes’ reach—Hynes and Susanne Boden swapped back into their traditional positions. 

In game one against La Verne, P-P scored three runs, all in an exciting sixth-inning rally. Ashley Morello PZ ’15 and Meagan Tokunaga PO ’15 led off the inning with a pair of walks, and Hynes followed with a single to load the bases. Then, Susanne Boden stepped up to the plate and ripped a double to left center, scoring Morello and Tokunaga. McCord hit the final RBI of the inning, also with a double to left center. Despite these runs, however, the five errors P-P committed in their Saturday opener proved too costly to overcome, and they fell to La Verne 6-3. Pitcher Bianca Cockrell PO ’17 took the loss, although only three of La Verne’s runs were earned. 

Although the final score did not reflect their efforts, the Sagehens put up a tougher fight in game two. They held La Verne to only one run and stretched the game into extra innings before succumbing to their opponents’ five-run rally in the ninth. Morello and Lauren Boden were the only Sagehens to get hits that game, with two apiece. Hynes drew a walk in the sixth that put Morello in position to score P-P’s only run, which she did on a single to left center by Lauren Boden.

With the season finally at its end, the graduating seniors expressed mixed emotions about completing their final games for P-P. 

“Senior Day was definitely bittersweet for me,” Stephanie Boden said. “I made such amazing friends over my four years on the team, and it was great to be able to play with such awesome teammates beside me. This season had its ups and downs, but I am really proud of our team for fighting hard each and every game we played … The key wins we earned in the second half [of the season] were complete team efforts and really reflected all the hard work we put in as a team this season.”

“The end of the season is always bittersweet, but I am so thankful for my teammates,” Hynes said, echoing her teammate’s sentiment. “I know that each one of us put our hearts into each practice and game, and I think we ended with no regrets.” 

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