The College of the Canyons softball team hit a bump in the road losing their opening game of the Super Regionals to Southwestern College 10-7 on Friday.
The No. 1 Cougars (39-4-1) couldn’t overcome a seven run first inning deficit to the No. 8 Jaguars and lost their first game in the double elimination.
After giving up seven runs in the first inning, pitcher Kimmie Lockhart tried to help herself out with a two-run double in the bottom of the second to cut the Southwestern lead to five. Lockhart went two for four with a single, a double and two RBIs. Head coach John Wissmath wasn’t sure what was bothering his freshman ace, but says jitters may have attributed to the rough first inning.
“Sometimes as a freshman coming into this situation and she’d never been in it, that could be a lot of jitters there,” he said. “She actually settled in the next few innings but then she gave up that three run shot and that was a little too much to overcome, it knocked the wind out of our sails.”
The Cougars continued to cut into the Jaguars lead in the second inning by scoring three more runs to trail 7-5 after two innings.
Southwestern added on to their lead in the top of the fifth with a three-run homerun to give them a commanding five run lead at 10-5.
The Cougars continued their attempt of a comeback in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run homerun by freshman catcher Adriana Correa. It was Correa’s 20th homerun of the season and third of the postseason.
This loss marked only the second time the Cougars have lost at home all season long. Sophomore captain Ruby Herrera says the team needs to help each other to bounce back for the rest of the Super Regionals.
“As a team we need to pick each other up,” Herrera said. “If I don’t get it done, then the person behind me needs to pick me up.”
“We need to build some type of spark in order to keep the team going,” Herrera added with a look of determination on her face.
The Cougars will host game 2 of the Super Regionals on Saturday at noon against Saddleback college.