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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team kept their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament run going Sunday knocking out the top-seeded Athenas of Claremont-M-S 9-8.
Whittier and Claremont-M-S were able to get through six complete innings Saturday before the game was called due to darkness. The Purple & Gold led 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th and resumed this morning at 10:00am with the winner advancing the Championship Games.
The match-up once again featured the top seeded Athenas who were playing without their top performer Chloe Amarilla who was injured in the morning contest against Chapman.
Whittier struck first with a pair of runs in the 2nd as Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) and Brianna MaGee (Torrance, Calif.) were able to add base hits scoring Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) who both got on with walks. CMS got those runs back the very next inning but saw WC again come up with the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the frame coming on two outs off the bat of Martinez who singled up the middle.
CMS tied things up on a Poet miscue in the 4th and then added their fourth run in the 5th off the bat of Perron who doubled to right field. But Whittier still managed to hold that one-run advantage with Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.) singling to the pitcher that plated MaGee in the 4th. In the 5th, WC went back on top and could have added more getting two runners on and nobody out. Sanchez started things off with a walk and was followed by a pair of base hits from Ha and Martinez. But they couldn't tack on insurance as Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.) grounded out on the infield followed by an Ashlei Sanchez (San Dimas, Calif.) L4-5 double play that ended the threat.
Whittier got right back to where they left off the day before adding another run in the 6th, which proved crucial thanks to Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) who singled to right field with two outs that moved the score to 7-4.
But in the top half of the 7th, CMS rallied for four runs on three hits, while using two Poet errors. Three of the four runs also came with two outs. This gave Claremont-M-S an 8-7 lead, which they couldn't hold as WC was able to scrap for two runs on two hits to walk-off. After a quick groundout MaGee was able to reach due to a fielding error by the third baseman before stealing second. After a Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.) lineout to the shortstop Attaway was intentionally walked that put two runners on. Then the rally commenced with Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) singling to left center that scored MaGee, capped off with Sanchez singling down the left field line that sent the Poets to the come from behind walk-off win.
Four different pitchers were used for the game covering the two days. Sam Casanas (La Habra, Calif.) got the start and went 3.0 Innings giving up two runs on five hits. She left with the no decision. Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) came in relief and threw the next 3.0 Innings giving up just two runs on three hits.
Sunday, Head Coach Trisha Senyo had a different plan bringing in Ha who threw 0.2 Innings surrendering four runs (all unearned) on three hits. Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) was the final Poet to enter the circle picking up the win (6-3) after going 0.1 innings not giving up a run or a hit.
MaGee at the top of the lineup finished 3-for-5 scoring twice and driving in another. Sanchez was 2-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI's and three walks. Martinez finished 2-for-2 driving in two and walking twice and Attaway was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.