Softball opens season with a win

Game close from the start and ends in extras

Juan Cebreiros, Staff Writer

The Los Medanos College softball team won their opening game of the season 6-5 in extra innings. They won in the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off sacrifice fly to defeat Lassen Community College. 

The Lassen Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the second inning but in the fourth inning the Mustangs were threatening to score and have a big inning. Two runners were on with one out when LMC hit a three-run homerun to take a 4-2 lead. The Mustangs would add on one more run in the sixth inning that would turn out to be a very important insurance run later in the game. 

The Cougars had one last chance to tie or take the lead in the top half of the seventh inning. Los Medanos’ pitcher worked themself into a jam loading the bases on an infield hit that was followed by two walks without recording any outs. A walk, hitter batter and a wild pitch allowed for the Cougars to tie the game at five. However, LMC was able to work out of the jam without allowing anymore runs to cross home plate. 

LMC’s manager had previously used a timeout to calm her pitcher down during a jam to help her get out of one, but this time she held back. She wanted to give her pitcher the chance to battle out of the jam and kept her timeout in case she had to change her pitcher. 

The Mustangs failed to score in the bottom of the seventh inning which sent the game into extra innings. LMC’s pitcher was able to get her confidence back and retired Lassen in order in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Mustangs another opportunity to walk off the Cougars.

LMC’s leadoff batter reaches base, putting the winning run on base. She stole second and an infield hit allowed her to advance to third putting runners on second and third with there being only one out in the inning. 

A flyball was hit to left field and the Mustangs runner from third tagged up and appeared to be thrown out, but the Cougars catcher was unable to keep control of the ball while applying the tag which allowed the winning run to score. This run gave the Mustangs a 6-5 victory over the Lassen Cougars. 

The Mustangs had four games scheduled before this game, but all four were scheduled due to the team dealing with injuries as well as inclement weather. 

LMC won their opening game to start their season 1-0. Their next game is scheduled for March 28 against Solano Community College.