Lady Jags off to a roaring start

Zach Tatar

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Spring is almost here. The winter season is coming to a close and it is just about time for outdoor sports to start.

San Jose City College has its share of strong athletic programs, but since the closure of the baseball program, softball has taken over the spring sports hype on campus.

After many winning seasons thanks to Coach Debbie Huntze-Rooney, who is entering her 23rd season with the Jaguars, the Lady Jags look to start where they left off last season after recording a 29-14 record overall in 2013.

Rooney said the team is staying focused.

“Take one game, one inning at a time,” Rooney said. “Work together, and with that, get a conference championship back.”

The Lady Jags (4-0,0-0) softball team has been making noise on the field, outscoring opponents 55-18 in the first four games of the season.

The team is led by freshman shortstop Sydney Halleen, who has batted in 17 runs and 5 home runs in 14 at-bats, and sophomore catcher Treasure Rodriguez, who has a .643 batting average and a team-leading 9 hits that helped the team remain undefeated.

The Jags started things off right with an 19-0 up-rooting victory over division rival West Valley College (6-4,0-0), recording 16 hits and 17 runs batted in as a team.

They also battled one out against American River City College at West Valley. The Jags scored five runs in the bottom half of the third inning after being tied 9-9, followed by two more in the fifth.

The American River Beavers came back late in the top half of the sixth inning, but not strongly enough, only scoring 3 runs.

The next two wins came on Saturday, Feb. 1 in double-header fashion over the visiting Taft City College Cougars (0-6,0-0), outscoring them in both games for a combined score of 20-5.

The Jags racked up 23 total hits, 6 doubles, 19 runs batted in and 7 home runs that day.

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