By Jon Peacock/ Staff Writer
The LBCC Vikings softball team suffered a 16-6 loss to the Cerritos Falcons, the 2014 Southern Coast Conference Champions, on Tuesday, March 10. In the top of the first inning, LBCC freshman right-fielder Vanessa Valdez hit a sacrifice fly allowing freshman shortstop Brianna Alvarez to score. In the bottom of the first, the Falcons’ Krystal Purkey hit a grand slam for a 4-1 lead.
In the second inning, Cerritos blew it open with Purkey hitting a 3-run homer and Karissa Hamilton hitting a grand slam. Then in the bottom of the fourth Jennifer Navarro hit a solo home run, pushing the score to 12-1.
Despite their deficit, the Vikings were still upbeat, chanting nonstop and continuously cheering on each one of their teammates when at bat. In the fourth inning, the Vikings seemed to come alive with sophomore catcher Jenny Santiago hitting a 2-run homer. Freshman pitcher Amber Helguera and freshman second baseman Erika Balboa each hit an RBI single in the fourth. The Vikings scored all five runs with two outs. With the rally, LBCC cut the lead to 13-6. In the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons’ Crystal Cano hit an RBI double. With one on-base, Parkey hit her third home run for the final 16-6 score. The game ended after 5 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
For the Vikings, the loss was a tough one against the former South Coast conference champions. The Vikings’ team is made up of four sophomores and 13 freshmen. Coach Melissa Angel explained that with a young team, everything is a learning experience and how it is important for everyone to get to know everyone and making sure that everyone is simply having fun.