Softball provides nailbiter against La Verne

Softball provides nailbiter against La Verne

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LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team opened up the weekend with a doubleheader with the top-ranked Leopards of the University of La Verne.  First place was on the line but the Purple & Gold were unable to come away with a win as they fell 4-3 and 2-1.

They had an opportunity to claim a piece of the 2018 SCIAC Championship Title but were edged late in both games dropping into a tie for third place at 23-14-1, 16-10 SCIAC.

Game 1 (L, 4-3)

Marialena Ahern (Fremont, Calif.) put the Poets on top early with a solo shot in the top half of the first.  WC added another in the 2nd with Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) reaching on an error by the shortstop allowing Alli Fonseca (Pico Rivera, Calif.) to score.  But this lead wouldn't hold as the Leopards benefited from a costly error by the Poets in the bottom half of the inning to score two runs, which deadlocked the game. 

ULV grabbed their first lead of the game in the 3rd thanks to a Condon double to right.  But in the 4th, Whitney came up clutch with a double to center that plated Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) that tied things up.

But in the 6th, the Leos would take a lead for good as Borden would triple to center with a shot off the wall before coming in soon after following a sacrifice fly to right field. 

Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) threw a complete game giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits, while striking out three.  She drops to 7-6.     

Ahern was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Whitney was also 1-4 with an RBI and Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) and Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) were each 1-3. 

Game 2 (L, 2-1)

It was a low scoring affair in the second game of the doubleheader with a combined three runs being scored.  Whittier and La Verne each scored a run in the 2nd. The Poets earned theirs on an Attaway double to center, a Fonseca single to center and a Kaitlyn Garza (Chino, Calif.) sacrifice bunt to second.

The game was tied over the next three innings until ULV broke it in the 6th with Borden going yard for the eventual game-winning solo shot. 

Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) went a complete game giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits.  She drops to 9-5.  Attaway was 1-2 with a run scored and a walk.  Garza added a 1-1 effort with an RBI and Fonseca, Ahern, and Whitney were each 1-3.