Lady Jags fall in first round of playoffs

Patrick Loera

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Pitcher Danny Pianto hits a single against Fresno City College in the first round of the NorCal Regional Playoffs in San Jose on May 4. The Lady Jags won the game 7-1.

The San Jose City College softball team was defeated by Fresno City College two games to one in a two-day, three-game series at SJCC’s Jaguar Stadium for the first round of the Northern California regional playoffs on May 4 and 5.

In game one, the Lady Jags outplayed the Rams, defeating them 7-1 in game one, which was played Saturday, May 4.

The score remained tied at one a piece going into the third inning, but the Lady Jags took the lead by batting in five runs to make the score 6-1.

“I was waiting to get my pitch in and when I did I hit it over,” said SJCC catcher Treasure Rodriguez, who hit a homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the victory. “Drive through the ball. That’s what we practice.”

The Lady Jags had some good momentum going into the next two games after winning the first game of the series, head coach Deborah Huntze-Rooney said.

“I think it’s a good (win) because we need to beat that team,” Huntze-Rooney said. “They are a good team, and this puts us in the driver’s seat. I would like to get the next game.”

The following day, Sunday, May 5, game two resulted in the Rams coming back to defeat the Lady Jags 7-6 after taking the lead in the top of the seventh inning.

After the score remained tied at zero for two innings, pitcher and first baseman Dani Pianto hit a grand-slam to give SJCC a 4-0 lead.

A few runs were batted in when the Rams slowly came back on the Lady Jags’ 5-1 lead to tie the score at five in the top of the seventh with one out. The Rams hit a double in the same inning to put them in front of SJCC 7-5, but the game wasn’t over.

SJCC scored its final run when pitcher Giana Cavallero was walked with the bases loaded to make the score 6-7 just before Rams pitcher Grace Combs struck out SJCC second baseman Nicole Read to end the game.

The Lady Jags were shut out 10-0 by the Rams in game three of the series, which was played 30 minutes after game two.

Despite several opportunities to  score, the Lady Jags could not bring any runners home to get on the score board.

With two pitchers, Huntze-Rooney decided to have Cavallera pitch all of game one and have Pianto start with Cavellera closing in both game two and three.

The Rams batted in five runs by the end of the third inning and five more before the game was called.

According to the box score of the game posted on the official tatistics site for California community college athletes, the Lady Jags only had six hits throughout the game and were unable to score before the game ended in the top of the fifth inning.

“No comment.” said Hunzte-Rooney, when asked about the game before going back into the dugout to address the team.

The Lady Jags ended its season in the first round of the Northern California Regional playoffs with 12 wins and five loses in the Coast-South Conference, 29 wins and 14 losses overall and were second in the Coast Conference for homeruns with 34.