Softball: Defensive miscues account for both Pasadena City runs in loss

File Photo: Aliya Velasquez drove in the lone run for Cerritos
File Photo: Aliya Velasquez drove in the lone run for Cerritos

On Thursday, the Cerritos College softball team committed a pair of errors, which ended up accounting for both runs in a 2-1 South Coast Conference loss to Pasadena City College. The loss drops the Falcons to 3-2 on the season, while they are 0-2 in conference play. The team gets right back on the field on Friday for a 2:00 p.m. non-conference game at Santiago Canyon College.

An error by freshman third baseman Ariana Gambala (High Tech Media Arts HS) on the first play of the bottom of the first inning put the Lancers (3-3, 3-0) in good shape. After Samantha Diaz stole second base, a two-out single put runners on first and third base. Olivia Nunez looked to steal second base and was thrown out for the third out, but not before Diaz was able to cross the plate, which accounted for a run.

The Falcons knotted the score in the top of the second inning when Gambala reached base on a fielder's choice and then moved to second base on a wild pitch. Freshman second baseman Aliya Velasquez (Northview HS) then stepped up and delivered a single up the middle to tie the game. Cerritos looked to add to their run total when Velasquez stole second and then moved to third when sophomore designated player Sophia Collazo (Paramount HS) reached on an error. Freshman shortstop Kara Spoolstra (Mayfair HS) tried to squeeze Velasquez home with a bunt, but she was out at the plate to end the inning.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lancers pushed across what would be the game-winning run. With two outs, Spoolstra committed an error on a ground ball by Diaz, who then stole second base. Ruiz came up and doubled down the left field line to drive home Diaz.

Cerritos had a chance to extend the game, as they loaded the bases in the seventh inning. Gambala led off with a single, while Velasquez was then hit by a pitch. An infield single by freshman Chasity Martinez (South El Monte HS) loaded the bases with no outs. Sophomore Erica Martinez (Kennedy HS) struck out before sophomore Haley Davis (Mayfair HS) popped up, with Velasquez getting doubled up at second base for the final out.