Squad falls to Eagles, 3-0, 12-4
Comets unable to find momentum in games
Comets’ shortstop Kaitlin Oshiro fails to make the out against Eagles outfielder during CCC’s game against Mendocino College at the Softball Field on Friday. The Comets lost both games to the Eagles, 3-0 and 12-4. Cody Casares / The Advocate
Poor defense by the Comets in the sixth inning helped Mendocino College (11-17 overall, 7-9 in the Bay Valley Conference) sweep a doubleheader from the softball team Friday on the Softball Field.
The meltdown in the sixth inning came after a Comet fifth inning rally produced a run.
Contra Costa College (5-19-1 overall, 4-14 BVC) lost 3-0 in the first game and 12-4 in the second game.
The Comets struggled with hitting throughout the first game and into game two.
In the second game, Comet pitcher Shannon Fowler pitched two scoreless innings before she gave up two runs in the third inning.
Fatigue started to show in Fowler's pitching, which allowed more hits by the Eagles.
"They just kind of busted it open," Comet softball coach Karolyn Gubbine said about Mendocino's hitting in game two. "They (Eagles) were catching up to our pitching and hitting the gaps on our defense."
Mendocino third baseman Sabrina Moore put the Eagles on the board when she hit a grounder to third base. CCC third baseman Madisen William could not scoop the ball in time. This error brought in Mendocino shortstop Kyndle Smallwood giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 at the end of the third inning.
"It was a physical mistake," William said. "I wasn't fast enough to get the ball."
It was not until the bottom of fifth inning in game two that CCC scored. With one out, Comet outfielder Brandie Newton got to second base due to a throwing error to first base by Eagles' second baseman Amber McQueen. It was outfielder Elvira Figueroa's double that brought Newton home to put the Comets back in the game. Figueroa went 3-for-3 at bat and had an RBI in game two.
Figueroa said, "We wanted to do our best today. I just felt we had to today because we are getting close to the end of the season."
The Comets ended the fifth inning down 2-1. During the top of the sixth however, the Comet defense began to dissolve.
In the sixth inning the Eagle's hitting also started to improve and they managed to push six runs across the plate.
"I think they (Eagles) just got some good hits," Figueroa said. "I don't think it was us."
The Comets added one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the score 8-2.
CCC outfielder Cierra Streater added an RBI double to bring pitch hitter Catilyn Bal home. But with the bases loaded the Comets were unable to score another run.
"My teammate fueled the fire in me to hit the ball when she got on base," Streater said.
Mendocino added four more runs to its lead on the top of the final inning. CCC rallied back in the seventh, but only managed to score two runs to end the scoring. Even though the Comets began to get more hits they left three more runners stranded on base.
"The bases got loaded and everyone hit the ball," Streater said. But, unfortunately for CCC, they hit the ball right at Eagle defenders.
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