Squad falters against Rams
3rd inning rally sends Comets running for balls
Comet center fielder Liliana Reyes runs after the ball during CCC’s game against City College of San Francisco in Pacifica on Feb. 25. The Comets lost 5-3. Cody Casares / The Advocate
PACIFICA - The City College of San Francisco Rams (4-4-1 overall) sent the Contra Costa College Comets (1-5-1 overall) scrambling after the ball at Fairmont Park on Tuesday, Feb. 25, defeating the Comets 5-3.
Fairmont Park in Pacifica is the only field the Comets have played on this season that lacks a fence or wall corralling the outfield. The Rams benefited immensely from this, earning all of their runs in the third inning after sending hits that turned into home runs soaring over Comet center fielder Liliana Reyes' head.
"The lack of a fence hurt us," Reyes said. "If there was a fence there, they never would've gotten home."
The Rams' coach Jack MacGuire disagreed, saying the Rams had a shaky first inning, but played better overall.
"We had a great day," MacGuire said. "We pitched better, we hit better and we fielded better."
This comment came despite the fact that Comet pitcher Caitlyn Bal struck out than twice the number of batters as Rams' pitcher Marrissa Yanez. Bal struck out seven batters, while Yanez could only manage to strike out three. Both pitchers gave up six hits.
The Comets' started the day off strong. Reyes hit a single off of the first pitch of the day thrown by Yanez, and proceeded to take advantage of the lackluster fielding by the Rams by stealing her way to third base. An error at the mound would allow Reyes to score, and a single hit by left fielder Ciarra Streater drove in first baseman Jasmyne Brice, who was the first player Yanez walked that day.
The score at the end of the first was 2-0 Comets.
The third inning made the game for the Rams.
After Bal walked Rams' left fielder A Jay, a single hit by the Rams' center fielder Alishia Beaty put Jay in scoring position. With one out, the Rams' catcher Nina Toia hit a home run high over Reyes' head in center field, bringing the two runners home.
A single would put shortstop Alyssa Giannini on base, and another home run, this time hit by Rams' third baseman Amber Opetaia, would bring the score to 5-2 at the end of the third.
"I need my defense to back me up," Bal said. "The whole team needs to perform better defensively."
The only other run earned during the game would be by Comets' catcher Kaitlyn Oshiro in the top of the seventh. The Rams' earned a double play by throwing out Brice at first, and then tagging an overzealous Sharrell Duncan, the Comets' shortstop, on her way to third base.
With no one on base, Oshiro hit a triple far into right field, and was driven home by a single hit by Comet right fielder Elvira Figueroa.
"It's pretty juvenile to play without a fence. It should be regulated," Comet coach Karolyn Gubbine said. "But space is limited, and CCSF gets what it can, field-wise."
For the first time this season, the Comets' committed no errors during the game.
CCC's next game will be Thursday's doubleheader at Mendocino College (4-6 overall).
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