Stangs drop both games to Eagles


Cathie Lawrence
LMC vs. Mendocino College. LMC player ALEX TELLEZ #6. Jumps up 2 feet and catches a high ball making an out for Mendocino. April 11, 2017. Photo by Cathie Lawrence.

As spring break came to an end, the LMC  women’s softball team returned to the diamond, and despite the efforts, the Stangs suffered back-to-back losses with a combined score 23-6, keeping the team in third with an even record of 6-6.

Game one began with instant offense by the 9-3 Mendocino Eagles with numerous RBI infield hits and homeruns, putting the Mustangs in a tough position to counter.  

The Stangs with all effort, hit two RBI base hits and continued  to come back yet  lost 10-2 in the first game of the series.

Game two of the double header continued with freshman pitcher and third ranked in strikeouts, Sylvia Chavez until an apparent finger injury by a comeback pitch occurred during the third inning.

Team captain and  outfielder Ryann Yelder swapped places with Chavez and retired the side with the game already 8-0 at that time.

The Mustangs with their never-give-up attitude, began an offensive rally in the bottom of the third.

With the bases loaded and no outs first baseman Ashley Derby, with the best batting average in all conferences, whacked a grand slam to cut the deficit down to four runs and is now tied for first in the Bay Valley Conference in home runs.

After Derby hit her second home run of the year the Eagles instantly responded with five runs in the next three innings as the glimmer of hope faded away,  handing another loss to the Mustangs.

“We’re struggling a bit but the kids are hanging in tough,” said head coach Tim Rognlien  after the team’s doubleheader loss.

“Mendocino found all holes, they kept on hitting bombs that we couldn’t makeany plays on and we had no luck in both games.”

Although the defeats, coach Rognlien remains praising the team and it’s performances all season by saying “We will continue to compete hard every game and give the same effort all year.”

The team still sits  third in the Bay Valley Conference with an even six wins and losses, as they’ll play the remaining games between Yuba and  Mendocino away.

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