Two of the three elements necessary for victory were present for Long Beach City College’s softball team Tuesday. The Vikings received a superb performance from freshman pitcher Frances Campoy as well as some timely hitting, especially from the top of the lineup, in their South Coast Conference battle with Cerritos.
Defense, however, let Long Beach down at critical times and contributed to a 4-1 loss to the visiting Falcons. The Vikings committed three errors that led to three unearned runs and let a game they had a chance to win get away.
“Against a great team like Cerritos, you have to be perfect,” LBCC coach Melissa Angel said, exaggerating only slightly. “You can’t afford to make those mistakes.”
LBCC pulled within a run on Shanise Compton’s solo home run in the fifth, and needed only to hold Cerritos scoreless in the top of the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the inning. but shortstop Reanna Guzman and third baseman Melyssa Rivas each committed errors in the frame, and Cerritos leadoff hitter Lauren Castrellon made Long Beach pay.
The sophomore laced a triple off the right- field fence to score Alexxa Sanabria and Ally Catania and gave the first-place Falcons (21-7, 12-1) some breathing room.
Campoy allowed just five hits and struck out one. She worked out of jams in the first and fifth innings, and the only earned run she allowed was a solo home run by shortstop Briana Quintana in the fourth inning.
On offense, the Vikings (13-14, 7-6) had six hits off Cerritos starter Lily Cornejo. Dani Hannan and Cassie Garcia each had two hits, and Compton’s homer was a no-doubt-about-it shot to left field in the fifth.
“(Long Beach) is a good team,” Cerritos coach Kodee Murray said. “They’re not really lacking anything.”
The Falcons’ defense committed two errors of its own, but made big plays when it counted.
Quintana made a diving catch of a line drive in the fourth inning – one batter after misplaying a hard-hit groundball – and Sanabria ended the inning with a fine play on a line drive to second base. Quintana also made a nice throw from the hole to end the third.
“That (dive) at shortstop,” Murray said, “it doesn’t get any better than that at any level.”
Castrellon went 3 for 4 with two triples and three RBIs.
LBCC visits Pasadena City on Thursday while Cerritos hosts El Camino.
– David Felton Baseball
Daniel Renteria went 3 for 5 with a triple and four RBIs and Bubby Rossman and Cesar Castillo had three hits apiece to lead visiting Cerritos (6-16, 3-7) to a 13-6 victory over Pasadena City College (4-17, 2-8) in South Coast Conference play. one of Rossman’s hits was a two-run homer.
Mt. SAC 6, Long Beach City College 2: Justin Moore, Ryan Dickison and Jimmy Gosano had two hits apiece, but their efforts were not enough for the host Vikings (11-11, 6-4) in this South Coast Conference game. The Mounties are 17-6 overall, 8-2 in the SCC.