SBCC softball forces eighth inning but can’t cap comeback vs Oxnard

Lauren Indermuehle winds up for a pitch during a game with Oxnard College on April 5, at Pershing Park in Santa Barbara, Calif. City College lost to Oxnard 12-8.

Robert J. Gormish, Staff Writer

City College’s softball team went back and forth against the Oxnard College Condors but ended up losing 12-8 in eight innings on Tuesday afternoon at Pershing Park.

Oxnard took advantage of Vaqueros errors, costing City College the game. The Vaqueros’ overall record is 9-24, with a 3-4 mark in conference.

“It’s hard to win a game when you have a handful of errors,” head coach Jasmyne Perry said.

Lauren Indermuehle was City College’s starting pitcher. She threw four innings, allowing 10 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, and 2 walks with one strikeout.

The Condors came out swinging in the top of the 1st inning, tallying up three hits and three runs, taking the lead 3-0.

The Vaqueros went scoreless in the first two innings, but their bats began heating up in the third inning.

Mckinnzie Grosssini started the inning with a base hit to right field, then Isabella Huckaby knocked a base hit to shortstop. Next, Indermuehle laid down a sacrifice bunt, putting both Grosssini and Huckaby in scoring position.

Naveah Freitas hit an RBI single up the middle scoring Grosssini. Freitas then stole second base while Paige Powell was up to bat, and Powell roped a two-RBI single up the middle, cutting the Oxnard lead to 4-3.

The Condors bounced back in the fourth inning, adding three runs and four hits and bringing the score to 7-3.

Powell came in to pitch for City College in the top of the fifth inning. Powell pitched two innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run, 0 earned runs and 2 walks.  Oxnard scored on a passed ball in the top of the sixth.

Jade Loeffler and Sarah Hammonds started the bottom of the sixth off with singles up the middle, with Loeffler advancing to third base. Then, Alyssa Perez went to the opposite side of the field for an RBI single. Grosssini contributed with another RBI with a single to right field, cutting the deficit to 8-5.

The Vaquero’s positive energy kept them in the game and from giving up.

“We just like to keep talking to each other throughout the whole game and make jokes at each other,” Freitas said. “If we don’t keep it fun, no one wants to be here.”

The Vaquero’s bats brought the fire in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freitas started the inning reaching on an Oxnard error and Powell added another base hit to right field, but Freitas was thrown out at second base. Loeffler doubled to center field, then Sarah Hammonds hit a two-RBI double to right field. Perez smacked a single down-left field, scoring Hammonds and tying the game 8-8, bringing on extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning the Condors added four more runs. Freitas and Hammonds had a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning but were left on base as Oxnard closed the game out.

“We will just come back and work here at practice and iron out some things to make sure we are ready for Moorpark,” Perry said.

The Vaqueros lost their Thursday game against Moorpark College 13-0 in five innings. City College’s next games will be a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday, April 9 at Pershing Park against Barstow College.