The Lady Cougars took on the Citrus Owls in hopes to move into a tie with the Owls for a share of first in the Western State Conference. Brian Lewis has the highlights.
By Jon Gonzalez – Cougar News Contributor
COC Softball (21-9, 10-2 conf.) came into their final game against Citrus College (18-13, 9-2 conf.) Thursday with vengeance on their mind. The Lady Cougars were 0-2 against the Owls this season after being swept in a double header at Citrus, but had the momentum going in after two big wins against Santa Monica last week.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Cougars to get the offense started. Sophomore Alexis Caso hit a lead-off triple and COC took an early 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run double from Alexis Tellez.
COC never took their foot off the pedal. Ruby Herrera broke the game wide open in the bottom of the 4th with a two-run triple to take the Lady Cougars up 6-1. She would later come around to score on a wild pitch to give them a six run lead.
The Lady Cougars scored a total of thirty runs in just ten innings in a double header against Santa Monica on Tuesday and capped the week off with ten runs against Citrus. The first time Citrus and COC met the Cougars scored only six runs in two games.
“We’ve really been working hard on keeping our composure in the box, we’ve spent a lot of extra time on that and it’s really paid off,” said head coach John Wissmath.
Citrus would make things interesting. The Owls scored two in the top half of the fifth to cut the lead to only 4 at 7-3, but the comeback was short-lived as COC’s Karissa Hartwig slammed one over the fence in the bottom half of the fifth to drive in two more runs, extending the lead 9-3.
COC went on to win 10-3 and are now tied with Citrus for the conference lead with 6 conference games left to play.
“The girls are playing good ball right now, if we continue doing what we’re doing right now then there’s no question that we’re going to go pretty deep,” said Wissmath.
COC’s Ashley Imperial pitched a complete game to win her 13th game of the season.
COC takes on Valley College in a double-header at home on Tuesday. First game starts at 1:00pm. Second game begins at 3:00pm.