49ers dominate Comets, 25-8,13-0
Comets’ outfielder Sharrell Duncan misses a catch during CCC’s game against Yuba College at the Softball Field on April 22. Cody Casares / The Advocate
The softball team closed out its season with two mercy rule losses against Yuba College (17-16 overall, 12-8 in the Bay Valley Conference) in a doubleheader on April 22 at the Softball Field.
A pre-game injury kept Comet pitcher Catilyn Bal out of the games, and forced Shannon Fowler to pitch both games.
Contra Costa College (5-21 overall, 4-16 BVC) lost 25-8 and 13-0 to the second place 49ers, and finished in fifth place out of six teams in the BVC.
The score went back and forth in the first game, but in the top of the sixth inning the Comets fell apart. The game was tied 8-8 going into the top of sixth before Yuba scored 17 runs in that inning, which brought the game to 25-8.
In the sixth inning, the softball team failed to score. The game was called due to the mercy rule - a rule in many non-professional level sports that ends a game early if one team has taken what is seen to be an insurmountable lead.
In college softball, the rule is used if a team is 10 runs ahead of another after the fifth inning.
"The score was going back and forth. We would catch up to them, and they caught back up to us," Comet third baseman Madisen William said about game one. "We were doing fine until the sixth inning - we just weren't reading the ball well, and that caused a domino effect."
The momentum from the first game carried over to the second game for both teams.
After pitching the entire first game, Fowler started again during the second match up. During the second game, she gave up two base hits before giving up a three-run homer to 49er catcher Samantha Prosser to bring the score to 3-0 in the first inning. CCC gave up seven runs overall in the first inning in game two.
Fowler refused to comment after the game.
"The pitch was slow, and I knew (Fowler) was still tired from the first game." Prosser said about her home run.
The Comets were held scoreless in game two, and that earned the 49ers another victory by the mercy rule. Fowler pitching two full games for the first time this season was a disadvantage for CCC, and Yuba took full advantage of that opportunity in game two.
"Yes it was absolutely a plus for us. I asked Gubbine what happen to her other pitcher, and it was unfortunate that (Bal) was injured," 49er softball coach Stephanie Reynolds said.
Since the sixth inning of game one, the 49ers scored a total of 30 unanswered runs. Prosser had two home runs with five RBIs in game two, and 49er pitcher Taylor Crabbe pitched five shutout innings before the mercy rule came into effect.
"I think we were all flustered from the first game," Comet second baseman Sinoti Iosua said. "(Yuba) was getting hits, and our defense started to get sloppy."
Fowler allowed a total of 39 hits in the doubleheader, and a total of 22 earned runs. CCC's defense also allowed a total of 38 runs in the two games.
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