Los Medanos College Softball team won both its games in a doubleheader against College of the Redwoods Saturday Feb. 28.
Sophomore Jenna Leavitt pitched a two-hit shutout in game one. LMC’s strong fielding also contributed to the win and showed the team’s solid communication.
“The girls played outstanding defense and she [Leavitt] showed good pitching,” said LMC Head Coach Tim Rognlien.
The Corsairs struggled in the first game with some miscues on the field.
“In Game 1 we didn’t play so good, when you have five errors that doesn’t help,” said Redwoods Head Coach Maggie White.
Of course the 7-0 score showed productive offense on LMC’s end as the Mustangs put a dent on the scoreboard in each of the first three innings.
LMC’s First Baseman Quincy Pierce, who is also a pitcher, went 3-4 and tallied a third of the team’s total hits. One produced a homerun and all brought runners in to score. Shortstop Lyrica Langlois and Catcher/Outfielder Brittni Brown had two hits apiece.
In the fifth and sixth innings, the Mustangs scored two runs in and began to get into a rhythm.
The seventh inning for the Mustangs was quick and painless as they set the Corsairs down in order with the help of some dominant defensive plays.
The second game of the doubleheader proved to be more of a contest.
After pitching all seven frames in the first game, Leavitt got some rest while Pierce started the second.
LMC’s gloves were consistent in game one while the Redwoods showed a newfound spirit matching the Mustang’s prowess on the field the second time around.
“In game two we came out with more energy,” said White. In the second inning, the Mustangs’ Pierce hit a single and made it home courtesy of Ashleigh Stevens-Coley’s RBI giving LMC the first run of the game.
Coley also showed stellar skills at first base as she caught an attempted bunt for an out that got the dugout fired up. Two plays later she dove and snagged a line drive down the first base line.
Outfielder Renee Smith reached second on an error by the Corsairs in the third inning and later scored thanks to a double by Brown, who then tacked on a two-run home run the next inning making it 4-1.
After pitching well early, Pierce showed some fatigue as she skidded two wild pitches in a row in the sixth. This caused a pitching change as the game one starter Leavitt was put back in. Pierce made her way back to playing first base with some applause from the home crowd thanking her for her effort on the mound.
Two Corsairs runs did score in that inning making it 4-3, but that ended up being the final as LMC weathered the storm and swept the twin bill.
“Redwoods played a good game, we were one run ahead and that’s what counts,” said Rognlien.
The Mustangs are now 4-4 in pre-conference play. Their next two home games are against Contra Costa College Saturday March 5 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.