Viking softball players are saddened by the loss in the first play off game against Santiago Canyon on Friday, May 5. The Vikings end their season 23-19.

Story and photo Adrian Arvizu/Viking

The LBCC women’s softball team was swept in the regional quarterfinal as Santiago Canyon ended the Vikings early postseason run, 10-1.

The first game of the series lasted five innings. The Vikings were blown out. Viking freshman pitcher Alissa Cienfuegos struggled throughout. Poor defensive plays by the Vikings cost them. Cienfuegos said, “I could not get the feel for the off speed, but the most frustrating was the defense didn’t make plays.”
The second game of the series did not go better for the Vikings. They were shut out 8-0 in five innings. The Vikings tallied seven hits and left all seven runners on base.
LBCC coach Megan Martinez said she tried to give her women some confidence before the game.
“Their loss is due to nerves,” Martinez said. “We have a young team, their nerves got the better of them and it cost us.”
The Vikings end their season 23-19, second in their division.