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COC notebook: No. 1 Cougars coming home

After 2-1 week, top-ranked softball team will play in first games in SCV in more than a month

Posted: March 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The last time the College of the Canyons softball team played at home was on Feb. 21.

The Cougars won that game, the same thing they’ve done for most of this season.

The state’s No. 1 team will finally return home this week, fresh off splitting a doubleheader with Citrus this past Tuesday and beating Valley on the road on Thursday.

The baseball team also went 2-1 this past week, splitting a pair of games with Mission and then beating Bakersfield.

In track and field, the relay teams had strong performances on Friday at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays.

Softball

Thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Cougars beat Citrus 2-1 on Tuesday before falling 3-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.

In the win, Ruby Herrera belted a solo home run with one out in the sixth, and Adriana Correra later doubled home Amy Droege for what proved to be the winning run.

Kimmie Lockhart went seven strong innings and gave up just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts.

In the second game, starting pitcher Alicia Paiz suffered her first loss of the season, giving up two earned runs and eight hits over six innings to drop to 12-1.

COC got on the scoreboard first when Droege hit a solo shot in the top of the third, but Citrus responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fifth. Droege finished 3-for-3, while designated player Lockhart had the only other hit.

In Canyons’ 13-4 win over L.A. Valley on Thursday, Correra went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and two home runs to pace the Cougars at the plate. Heidi Hinklin and Nikki Haslock also hit home runs, Jenny Wunderlich went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Herrera finished 3-for-4 with a double.

Lockhart pitched well once again, striking out eight batters to improve to 9-1 this season in the circle.

The Cougars are 21-2 overall and 5-2 in the WSC Blue Division, and they’ll host Mission in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m.

Baseball

COC beat Mission 7-4 on Tuesday and beat Bakersfield by the same score on Saturday.

Canyons opened up a five-run lead after seven innings against Mission, with Kevin Lenik hitting two home runs and finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Chad DeLaGuerra went 3-for-3 with a run and Adam Bouyer finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Alberto Flores earned the win by pitching seven innings and allowing one earned run on six hits, and Icezack Flemming picked up the save.

The Cougars scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to beat Bakersfield on Saturday. Michael Browne hit a home run and drove in three runs, while DeLaGuerra finished 2-for-3 with a run and two walks.

Allen Sarkissian relieved starting pitcher Cory Jones and earned the win, giving up one run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Canyons also lost to Mission 6-2 on Thursday.

COC is now 11-9-1 overall and 4-5 in WSC play, and it hosts Bakersfield at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Track and field

The Cougars trotted out some of their best relay runners in Santa Barbara on Friday with good results.

On the men’s side, the 1,600 sprint medley team of Nick Brooks, Deshawn Green, Corey Gill and Chris Low won in 3 minutes, 27.53 seconds, and the 4x100 team of Green, Gill, Cody Cox and Armando Macias was second in 42.89 seconds.

Three relay teams recorded fourth-place finishes as well, including the 4x200 team of Kenny Russell, Kevin Golden, Terrence Pride and Larry Sparks (1:31.69), the 4x400 team of Low, Macias, Gill and Brooks (3:20.36) and the 4x800 team of Brooks, Gill, Low and Alex Ruther (8:25.43).

Colton Berkery finished second in the pole vault by clearing 4.55 meters, Cody Cox finished third in the high jump after clearing 1.85 meters and Daniel Whitham wound up fourth in the hammer throw at 41.04 meters. On the track, Macias also finished fourth in the 400 hurdles in 56.59 seconds.

For the women, the 4x100 team of Jessica Criner, Al’lajae Jasmine, Laurie Henigan and Amber Wright won in 49.78 seconds.

Two other teams earned third-place finishes, including the 4x400 team of Jasmine, Wright, Jacqueline Keeley and Maddie Hardesty (4:01.69) and the 800 sprint medley team of Criner, Henigan, Jasmine and Wright (1:50.06).

The 4x200 team of Criner, Jasmine, Hardesty and Wright finished fourth in 1:47.07, and Keeley finished third in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.01.

In the field, Alex Ecsedy finished third in her heat and fourth overall in the javelin at 35.2 meters.

This week, both the men’s and women’s teams will take part in the WSC Inland Meet starting at 12 p.m. Friday in Bakersfield.

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