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2013 Game Stories

By Dave Loveton, Sports Information

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Thursday, April 18 -- SBCC at Moorpark (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.  Moorpark 2-11, SBCC 1-3 (2nd game, 5 inn.)  Final records: 14-25, 9-9 WSC Gold

Vaqueros are swept in season finale
     Abbott throws 6-hitter in 2-1 loss

 SBCC’s Alex Abbott held Moorpark to six hits in the first game on Thursday but the Raiders escaped with a 2-1 win and went on to sweep a WSC Gold doubleheader against the visiting Vaqueros.
Moorpark (23-12, 13-4) took the second game 11-3 in five innings. The Vaqueros finish the year with records of 14-25 and 9-9.
 Trailing 2-0 in the opener, shortstop Alice Cen delivered a two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh to make it 2-1. SBCC had runners on first and third and Abbott hit a line drive to the right side but the second baseman made a leaping grab to end the game.
 Santa Barbara took a 3-0 lead in the nightcap with a three-run third, highlighted by a two-run triple by Victoria Lucido. Moorpark tied it on a three-run homer by Heaven Silveira in the bottom of the third and pulled away by scoring four in the fourth.
 The Vaqueros committed three errors, allowing the Raiders to tally four more runs in the fifth.
 “That was kind of a tough way to end a little bit of a rough season,” said coach Paula Congleton. “Our freshmen understand what it takes to win in college ball now. We’ve got some good redshirts coming back next year and we’ll add some recruits who will help us improve.”

 First Game
SBCC ………..… 000 000 1 -- 1   5   1
Moorpark ……... 110 000 x -- 2   6   1
 Abbott and Lujano; Lewis and Goulding. W--Lewis 2-1. L--Abbott 6-13.
 2B--SB: Cen. M: Chapman. HR--M: Chapman (1), 2nd inn., none on.

  Second Game (5 inn.)
SBCC ……….… 003 00 --   3   5   3
Moorpark …….. 003 44 -- 11 12   0
 Lucido and Lujano; Boicourt and Goulding. W--Boicourt 5-1. L--Lucido 8-12.
 2B--M: Silveira, Noriega. 3B--SB: Lucido. HR--M: Silveira (6), 3rd inn., two on.

Tuesday, April 16 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 8, Oxnard 1  Records: 14-23, 9-7 WSC Gold

  Abbott tosses 5-hitter in 8-1 victory
SBCC scores 6 in last 2 at-bats to beat Oxnard

 Alex Abbott threw a five-hitter with eight strikeouts on Tuesday and SBCC’s offense came alive late in an 8-1 WSC Gold victory at Oxnard.
Alice Cen went 2-3 and drove in two runs for the Vaqueros (14-23, 9-7), who broke open a 2-1 game with three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Oxnard fell to 2-27 and 1-14.
 Abbott struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Danielle deCastro was 2-2 with an RBI.
 The Vaqueros took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Amanda Caras and a run-scoring double by deCastro to left-center field. The visitors extended the lead to 5-1 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run single by Cen and an RBI double by Dakotah Wilcox.
 “Alex was in control and our defense played well,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We were very steady today.”
 SBCC completes its season on Thursday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Moorpark.

SBCC ……..… 002 003 3 -- 8  10  1
Oxnard ……... 000 010 0 -- 1    5  1
Abbott and Lujano; Talamalie, Rangel (5) and Rodriguez, Palatalize (5). W--Abbott 6-12. L--Talamalie.
 2B--SB: Caras, deCastro, Wilcox.

Thursday, April 11 -- Ventura at SBCC (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.  Ventura 7-0, SBCC 5-9  Records: 13-23, 8-7

Lujano helps Vaqueros split with Ventura

    She belts grand slam with 6 RBIs in 9-0 win

 Sierra Lujano wanted to make sure that SBCC enjoyed its final home doubleheader with first-place Ventura on Thursday.
After a tough 7-5 loss in eight innings, the Vaqueros jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead on the way to a 9-0 shutout in five innings.
 Lujano, a freshman catcher from Lompoc High, hit her first two homers of the year. She belted a two-run shot in the first game and a grand slam in the second. She had a two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap and homered to left with the bases loaded in the third, stretching the lead to 9-0.
 Lujano went 3-5 in the twinbill with two homers and eight RBIs.
 “I was feeling pretty confident today,” said Lujano, who was 2-2 with six RBIs in the second game. “I was getting sick and tired of popping up and stupid little groundouts. I thought I’d make a change.”
 Second baseman Amanda Caras went 2-3 in each game and made a nice leaping catch in the first game for the Vaqueros (13-23, 8-7 WSC Gold). SBCC had 12 hits in the opener with all nine batters notching at least one. Alice Cen and Sammy Cabada had two hits apiece.
 It was the final home appearance for sophomores Cabada, Kiersty Briner and Natalie Orosco.
 Left-hander Victoria Lucido got the win in Game 2, blanking the visitors on three hits over five innings with three strikeouts.
 Alex Thorpe earned the pitching win in Game 1 for the Pirates (18-15, 11-3) and went 3-5 at the plate with two doubles.
 SBCC tied the first game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh when Caras walked, took second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a triple by Danielle deCastro.
 Ventura took a 7-5 lead in the eighth on a two-out, two-run double by Thorpe.
 “In the first game, we had some mental errors on the bases,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We left 11 runners on and many in scoring position. It was nice to see us come back and take care of business in the second game.”
 In Game 2, Cen opened the bottom of the first with a single up the middle and her teammates followed with four more hits, including an RBI double by Caras and a two-run single by Lujano that gave SBCC a 5-0 lead.
 “It was nice to come out strong, we weren’t going to lose to them again,” said Lujano. “It felt good to beat the No. 1 team.”
 With one out in the third, Caras reached on an infield single, Cabada got aboard on an error and deCastro loaded the bases with a single to right. That set the stage for Lujano’s big blast that made it 9-0.
 “It always helps when you see the same pitcher in the second game,” Congleton added. “Most of our kids had already seen her 4 or 5 times.
  “When we scored that many runs in the first inning, you could see Victoria getting more confident and our hitters as well.”
  SBCC has three games remaining -- Tuesday at Oxnard at 2:30 p.m. and a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday at Moorpark.

  Game 1 (8 innings)
Ventura …….. 211 100 02 -- 7   9  0
SBCC ……..… 002 020 10 -- 5 12  3
Alex Thorpe and Garcia; Abbott and Lujano. W--Thorpe. L--Abbott 5-12.
 2B--V: Garcia, Alex Thorpe 2. SB: Abbott. 3B--SB: deCastro. HR--SB: Lujano (1), 5th inn., one on.

  Game 2 (5 inn., run rule)
Ventura …….. 000 00 -- 0   3   2

SBCC ……..… 504 0x -- 9 10   2
Alex Thorpe and Garcia; Lucido and Lujano. W--Lucido 8-11. L--Thorpe.
 2B--SB: Caras. HR--SB: Lujano (2), 3rd inn., three on.

Tuesday, April 9 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 11, Cuesta 8  Records: 12-22, 7-6

Vaqueros rally past Cuesta, 11-8
They score 6 in sixth; Cen goes 3-4

 After trailing for most of the game on Tuesday, SBCC roared back to beat Cuesta 11-8 in a WSC Gold contest at Pershing Park.
Shortstop Alice Cen went 3-4 with three runs and pitcher Alex Abbott was 1-2 with two RBIs and two walks for the Vaqueros (12-22, 7-6), who rallied from an 8-5 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
 Amanda Caras also had two hits for Santa Barbara, which took advantage of three Cuesta errors to score five unearned runs.
 Jasmine Singh paced the Cougars (16-19, 8-6) by going 3-4 with five RBIs. Kaitlyn Rinder hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run first inning by the visitors. Singh belted a two-run home run to center in the fifth, stretching the lead to 7-5. Summer Best singled and Rinder followed with an RBI double to make it 8-5.
 “This game reflects the inconsistency we’ve had the entire season,” said coach Paula Congleton. “In the early part of the season, if we had fallen behind 4-0, we probably would have lost 4-0. Our freshmen are finally realizing they have the ability to play through a seven-inning game and come back, even if we have a bad inning.”
 Abbott (5-11) picked up the win for the Vaqueros, giving up eight runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts. A trio of Cuesta pitchers allowed 10 hits with seven walks and a hit batter. SBCC scored three in the fifth on two hits and four walks to tie it at 5.
 Trailing 8-5 in the sixth, Cen opened with a single, Dakotah Wilcox doubled and Abbott produced an RBI single. After a walk to Natalie Orosco, Caras drove in Wilcox with a single to left and Shannon Kelly tied it at 8-8 with an RBI single to center. Danielle deCastro put the Vaqueros ahead by drawing a bases-loaded walk. The last two runs were unearned with Caras and Kelly coming home on an outfield throwing error. The Vaqueros scored six runs on six hits and sent 11 batters to the plate.
 “Our kids were pretty patient at the plate and we had some solid hits,” added Congleton. “Now we’ll bear down and see if we can spoil things for Ventura.” 
 SBCC plays its final two home games on Thursday when first-place Ventura (10-2) comes to Pershing for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Cuesta ……….. 401 030 0 --  8   11   3
SBCC ………… 002 306 x -- 11  10   0
Blanco, Corsaletti (4), Blanco (4), Roberts (6) and Brewster; Abbott and Lujano. W--Abbott 5-11. L--Blanco 6-10.
 2B--C: Masutani, Rinder. SB: Wilcox. HR--C: Rinder (2), 1st inn., one on; Singh (4), 5th inn., one on.

Thursday, April 4 -- SBCC at Hancock (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.  Hancock 1-15, SBCC 0-5 (2nd game, 5 inn.)  Records: 11-22, 6-6

 Vaqueros are swept at Hancock
Orosco drives in 3 in Game 2; Caras homers

 Hancock swept SBCC in two completely different games on Thursday, winning 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel and then outslugging the Vaqueros 15-5 in a five-inning game at Santa Maria.
Nathalia Powell was the winner in both WSC Gold Division games, holding the Vaqueros (11-22, 6-6) to five hits in each contest. Alex Abbott was the hard-luck loser in the opener after tossing a four-hitter with five strikeouts.
 The Bulldogs (19-11, 9-4) scored their only run on an inside-the-park homer by Kristine Ramos in the fourth.
 SBCC jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second game, thanks to a three-run triple by Natalie Orosco. But Hancock roared back with 10 runs in the bottom of the first. The Bulldogs had six hits in the inning, including a three-run homer by Michaela Valencia, and sent 14 batters to the plate.
 Amanda Caras hit her first homer for the Vaqueros with a solo shot in the third.
 SBCC hosts Cuesta on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

  Game 1
SBCC …….......……. 000 00 -- 0  5  1

Hancock …….......… 000 1x -- 1  4  1
Abbott and Lujano; Powell and Camacho. W--Powell 14-7. L--Abbott 4-10.
 2B--H: Castillo. HR--H: Ramos (1), 4th inn., none on.

 Game 2 
(5 inn., run rule)
SBCC ……..…….      401 00 --   5   5  3
Hancock ……..… (10)04 1x -- 15 10  3
 Abbott, Lucido (1) and Lujano; Powell and Camacho. W--Powell 15-7. L--Abbott 4-11.
 2B--H: Powell, Perez, Valencia, Nunez. 3B--SB: Orosco. HR--SB: Caras (1), 3rd inn., none on. H: Valencia (10), 1st inn., two on.

Tuesday, April 2 -- SBCC at L.A. Pierce, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 11, Pierce 3 (5 inn)  Records; 11-20, 6-4 WSC Gold

Abbott, Lucido combine on 1-hitter in 11-3 win
Orosco goes 2-3 with 3 RBIs at L.A. Pierce

 Alex Abbott and Victoria Lucido held L.A. Pierce to three runs on one hit on Tuesday, leading SBCC to an 11-3 WSC Gold victory in five innings at Woodland Hills.
Natalie Orosco went 2-3 with three RBIs and Kiersty Briner was 3-3 for the Vaqueros (11-20, 6-4). Abbott struck out four batters while pitching the first three innings.
 Karen Ochoa and Amanda Caras both went 2-3 on a day when Santa Barbara collected 12 hits. Caras had a two-run single during a four-run first inning. Danielle deCastro, Ochoa and Briner knocked in runs in the third, when the Vaqueros scored four more to take a 9-1 lead.
 SBCC travels to Hancock on Thursday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

(5 inn., run rule)

SBCC ……..……. 414 02 -- 11  12   1
L.A. Pierce …..… 012 00 --   3    1   5
Abbott, Lucido (4) and Lujano; Vogler, S. Suard (2) and Helo. W--Abbott 4-9. L--Vogler.
 2B--SB: Caras. P: Villanueva.

Tuesday, March 26 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  Moorpark 6, SBCC 4 (9 inn)  Records: 10-20, 5-4

Moorpark tops Vaqueros 6-4 in 9 innings
      Lujano goes 2-4 with two RBIs

 SBCC rallied with single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie Tuesday’s WSC Gold game, only to see Moorpark score two in the ninth to pull out a 6-4 victory at Pershing Park.
Catcher Sierra Lujano went 2-4 with two RBIs and Samantha Cabada, Natalie Orosco and Tianna Velasquez all had two hits for the Vaqueros (10-20, 5-4). Amanda Chatman went 4-5 with two runs for the Raiders (13-9, 5-2).
 Chatman singled to lead off the ninth, went to third on a hit by Nicole Checkie and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4.
 “We’re not bearing down when we need to,” said Vaquero coach Paula Congleton. “We need to go up to the plate with confidence in key situations and say, “Hey thank you for letting me bat because I’m going to drill in the next run.’
 “Instead we’re all up tight and we freeze.”
 SBCC took a 2-0 lead on Cabada’s RBI single in the first and Lujano’s run-scoring single down the left-field line in the second. Alex Abbott held Moorpark to no runs on four hits with four strikeouts in the first four innings.
 The Raiders got three straight hits to open the fifth and went on to score four runs with the last two coming home on Vaquero errors. Victoria Lucido came on with one out in the fifth and pitched the final 4 2/3 innings for SBCC, allowing two runs on three hits.
 “Mental errors hurt us today,” said Congleton. “We had some bad base running and we lost a fly ball in the sun. A lack of focus in certain situations really hurt us when we should have won the game in seven innings.”
 Lujano delivered an RBI single with two outs in the sixth to score Abbott. The Vaqueros loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Alice Cen, Orosco and Abbott. Amanda Caras hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Cen and tied it at 4-4.
 SBCC plays at L.A. Pierce on Tuesday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.

  (9 innings)
Moorpark ….. 000 040 002 -- 6  10  2
SBCC ………. 110 001 100 -- 4  11  2
Amar, Boicourt (7) and Checkie; Abbott, Lucido (5) and Lujano. W--Boicourt. L--Lucido 7-11.
 2B--M: Cartwright, Cervantes.

Sunday, March 24 -- Bash at the Beach: Saddleback 8, SBCC 3; Golden West 5, SBCC 3  Record: 10-19

Vaqueros drop two in Bash at the Beach
Saddleback wins tourney with 4-0 record

 SBCC hung with Saddleback for five innings in Sunday’s final day of the 13th annual Bash at the Beach tournament and then couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead over Golden West in a pair of losses at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros fell to 10-19 after dropping two games to Orange Empire teams. Saddleback (17-8) snapped a 2-2 tie with six runs in its last two at-bats to beat the Vaqueros 8-3 and won the two-day tourney with a 4-0 record.
 Golden West downed SBCC 5-3, thanks to a two-run homer by Marissa Gilbuena in the sixth and two runs in the seventh on a two-base error and an RBI double by Sarah Craig. Craig staked the Rustlers (8-15) to a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first inning.
 El Camino won two games on Sunday and finished second in the nine-team tourney with a 3-1 record. SBCC was 1-3.
 Due to long games earlier on Sunday, SBCC’s second game was pushed back to a 5:45 p.m. start and finished under a full moon with the lights on.
 “Our kids always wanted to play under the lights and they got their wish tonight,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We’re kind of hot and cold and very inconsistent. If we would have started the game (against Golden West) the way we finished, it would have been a very different outcome.”
 Natalie Orosco went 3-4 with a two-run single in the first that gave SBCC a 2-0 lead over Saddleback. The Gauchos tied the game on a two-run homer by Sarah DiTommaso in the fourth.
 “We keep trying to teach the kids it’s a seven-inning game, it’s pitch-by-pitch, it’s inning-by-inning and out-by-out,” Congleton added. “Hopefully, with as many losses as we’ve had, it’s starting to sting a little bit. We did some good things this weekend, Natalie hit the ball well and our pitchers did a good job while playing with injuries.“
 Saddleback went ahead 5-2 in the sixth on a double, an error, an RBI double by Tiffany McCracken, an RBI groundout and an RBI single by Tori Duquette. DiTommaso hit her second two-run homer in the seventh, stretching the lead to 7-3.
 “This was the biggest crowd we’ve had in a few years,” Congleton noted. “The weather was fantastic and the crowds were great. Teams are already asking if they can come back next year.”
 SBCC returns to WSC action on Tuesday when it hosts Moorpark at 2:30 p.m.

Saddleback …... 000 203 3 -- 8  10   1

SBCC ….………. 200 001 0 -- 3    7   2
 McCracken, Abounassar (1) and K. Hodges; Abbott, Lucido (5) and Lujano. W--Abounassar 5-5. L--Lucido 7-9.
 2B--S: McCracken 2, Pantages, K. Hodge. SBCC: Orosco. HR--S: DiTommaso (2), 4th inn., one on; DiTommaso (3), 7th inn., one on.

Golden West ….. 100 002 2 -- 5   9   0
SBCC ….……….. 000 210 0 -- 3   5   1
 Eskridge and Craig; Lucido and Lujano. W--Eskridge 4-7. L--Lucido 7-10.
 2B--GW: Gilbuena, Fredrickson, Craig. SBCC: Velasquez. HR--GW: Craig (5), 1st inn., none on; Gilbuena (5), 6th inn., one on.

 Final records -- Saddleback 4-0, El Camino 3-1, Golden West 2-2, East L.A. 2-2, Fullerton 2-2, Chaffey 2-2, SBCC 1-3, L.A. Valley 1-3, L.A. Pierce 1-3

Saturday, March 23 -- Bash at the Beach: East L.A. 6, SBCC 1; SBCC 9, Fullerton 7  Record: 10-17

  Lucido helps Vaqueros earn split

She goes 3-4 with 3 RBIs in 9-7 comeback win

 Victoria Lucido went 3-4 and drove in three runs on Saturday, leading SBCC to a come-from-behind 9-7 win over Fullerton in the 13th annual Bash at the Beach at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (10-17) dropped their first game to East L.A. 6-1. Santa Barbara had 10 hits, including two by Lucido, but stranded 10 runners on base.
 Lucido was 5-6 on the day with three RBIs and two runs. The left-hander pitched a complete game against Fullerton, giving up six earned runs on nine hits. She allowed three homers, including two by Alexandria Avila, who had five RBIs.
 The Vaqueros rallied from a 4-1 deficit with four unearned runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth. Lucido put her team ahead 5-4 with a one-out double in the fourth that scored Sierra Lujano and Alex Abbbott.
 “I had confidence I was going to get a hit in every at-bat today,” said Lucido, a 5-1 freshman from Pacific Grove. “This was the first time we showed signs that we’re going to battle when we fall behind. We came through as a team, everyone was hitting.
 “I’ve had better days pitching but my teammates picked me up with the bats.”
 Fullerton (5-18) tied it at 5 on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Nicole Chapman in the sixth. Second baseman Amanda Caras made a spectacular diving catch near the first-base foul line and Alex Campo alertly tagged up and scored from third.
 SBCC took a 9-5 lead in the sixth. Lujano and Alex Abbott walked and Karen Ochoa dropped an RBI single into left. Lucido followed with a run-scoring hit and Alice Cen drove in two more with a single to right. Cen was 3-4 in the first game.
 “Victoria was a great sparkplug and did a great job on the mound,” said coach Paula Congleton. “The difference in the Fullerton game was that all the kids hit and that’s the way you win games.”
 Saddleback and East L.A. both went 2-0 on the first day of the nine-team, round-robin tourney.
 Play gets under way at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The Vaqueros will host Saddleback at noon and Golden West at 3 p.m.

East L.A. ……. 000 051 0 -- 6   7   0

SBCC ….……. 000 010 0 -- 1  10   0
 Montes and Aguilar; Abbott, Lucido (5) and Lujano. W--Montes 7-13. L--Abbott 3-9.
 2B--ELA: Montes. SBCC: Orosco.

Fullerton ……. 301 001 2 -- 7   9   3
SBCC ….…..... 100 404 x -- 9   7   2
 Felipe, Boehmer (6), Serrano (6) and Merida; Lucido and Lujano. W--Lucido 7-8. L--Felipe 3-3.
 2B--SBCC: Lucido. HR--F: Avila (2), 1st inn., two on; Chapman (1), 3rd inn., none on; Avila (3), 7th inn., one on.

Thursday, March 21 -- Oxnard at SBCC (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.  SBCC 8-10, Oxnard 0-2   Records: 9-16, 5-3

 Vaqueros sweep past Oxnard

Abbott throws 2-hitter; Cen is 4-7 on the day

 Alex Abbott tossed a two-hitter in the first game and Alice Cen went 3-4 with three runs on Thursday as SBCC swept a doubleheader with Oxnard at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (9-16, 5-3 WSC Gold) won the opener 8-0 in six innings and took the nightcap 10-2 in five innings. The games were shortened by the eight-run rule.

 Oxnard is 0-18 and 0-6.
 Abbott had an RBI single in the first inning of the opener and Tianna Velasquez stretched the lead to 3-0 with a long two-run homer to left with two outs in the second.
 The Vaqueros scored three times in the sixth. Cen delivered an RBI single, went to third on Shannon Kelly’s hit and scored on a wild pitch. Amanda Caras ended the first game with an infield single that scored Kelly.
 Cen, a freshman shortstop, was 4-7 on the day with five runs, two RBIs and three stolen bases.
 “We came to play today and hit the ball well,” said Cen. “I was focused on the ball.”
 SBCC had 11 hits in each game. Winning pitcher Victoria Lucido (6-8) gave up just one earned run on five hits in the second game and Samantha Cabada and Karen Ochoa led the offense by going 2-3. Ochoa knocked in two runs and scored twice.
 “We expected good things today and they did a great job,” said coach Paula Congleton. “Our pitching was good and we got a nice home run from Tianna. That must have gone 220 feet.
 “We wanted to make it a short day today. This is a great step for us going into a big weekend."
 The Vaqueros tallied five runs in the second inning of the nightcap on four hits and three walks to go ahead 6-0. After Oxnard scored a pair, Santa Barbara ended it in the bottom of the fifth.
 Dakotah Wilcox had a leadoff double and Kiersty Briner singled. Ochoa and Abbott followed with RBI singles and Cen drove in Ochoa to make it 9-2. Cabada delivered the walk-off hit with an RBI single up the middle.
 The Vaqueros will play four games in their 13th annual Bash at the Beach this weekend. On Saturday, they’ll take on East L.A. at 11 a.m. and Fullerton at 2:30 p.m.

Game 1 (6 inn., run rule)

Oxnard ……….. 000 000 -- 0   2  1
SBCC ….……... 120 023 -- 8 11  1
 Rangel and Pulido; Abbott and Lujano. W--Abbott 3-8. L--Rangel.
 HR--SBCC: Velasquez (1), 2nd inn., one on. 

  Game 2 (5 inn.)
Oxnard …….…. 001 01 --   2   5  3
SBCC ….……... 150 04 -- 10 11  3
 Dunn and Matautia; Lucido and Lujano. W--Lucido 6-8. L--Dunn.
 2B--O: Dunn, Lopez. SBCC: Wilcox.

Tuesday, March 19 -- SBCC at Ventura, 2:30 p.m.  Ventura 5, SBCC 3  Records: 7-16, 3-3

Vaqueros fall at Ventura, 5-3

 Cabada goes 2-4 in WSC setback

 SBCC took a 2-0 lead in Tuesday’s WSC Gold game at Ventura but the Pirates rallied for five runs in the fourth and fifth and went on to beat the Vaqueros 5-3.
Santa Barbara (7-16, 3-3) went ahead 2-0 in the third when Tianna Velasquez singled, stole second and scored on a double by Victoria Lucido. Sierra Lujano brought Lucido home with an RBI single.

 Sammy Cabada went 2-4 for SBCC, which outhit the Pirates 9-5.
 Ventura (8-10, 3-1) scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth to grab a 5-2 advantage. Pinch hitter Natalie Orosco made it 5-3 with an RBI single in the sixth.
 The Vaqueros open a seven-game home stand on Thursday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Oxnard.

SBCC …….….. 002 001 0 -- 3   9   0
Ventura …..…. 000 320 x -- 5   5   2
 Abbott, Lucido (4) and Lujano; Thorpe and Garcia.. W--Thorpe 8-9. L--Abbott 2-8.
 2B--SBCC: Cabada, Lucido, Abbott. 3B--V: Garcia, Chapman.


Sunday, March 17 -- Bakersfield Classic: SBCC 12, Bakersfield 0 (5 inn); Saddleback 12, SBCC 2 (5 inn)  Record: 7-15

  Vaqueros split at Bakersfield Classic
Lucido tosses 1-hitter; Orosco goes 4-4 with 5 RBIs

 SBCC went 1-1 on the final day of the Bakersfield Classic on Sunday, shutting out Bakersfield 12-0 and losing to Saddleback 12-2. Both games ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule.
Victoria Lucido threw a one-hitter vs. Bakersfield and Natalie Orosco went 4-4 with five RBIs for the Vaqueros (7-15). Orosco delivered a three-run double during a seven-run third inning that boosted the lead to 9-0.
 Alice Cen went 3-4 with three RBIs and Lucido and Samantha Cabada were both 2-4 with two RBIs. Amanda Caras had two of SBCC‘s five doubles and the Vaqueros collected a season-high 16 hits.
 In the second game, Saddleback homered twice to support the three-hit pitching of Tiffany McCracken. Alex Abbott knocked in both of Santa Barbara’s runs with a second-inning double.
 The Vaqueros resume WSC Gold Division play on Tuesday when they travel to Ventura for a 2:30 p.m. contest.

  (5 inn., run rule)

SBCC …………….. 117 30 -- 12  16  0
Bakersfield …...… 000 00 --   0    1  1
 Lucido and Lujano, Wilcox (4); Petersen, Best (3) and Rice, Charles (4).. W--Lucido -5-8. L--Petersen 1-8.
 2B--SBCC: Caras 2, deCastro, Orosco, Cabada.

  (5 inn., run rule)
Saddleback ….…. 133 41 -- 12  12  0
SBCC …….…….... 020 00 --  2    3  3
 McCracken and Cayton, Hodge (2); Abbott, Lucido (1) and Lujano. W--McCracken 6-2. L--Abbott 2-7.
 2B--S: Duquette, Abounassar, McCracken, Carrillo. SBCC: Abbott. HR--S: Pantages, 3rd inn., none on; Hodge, 4th inn., one on.

Saturday, March 16 -- Bakersfield Classic: Cerritos 9, SBCC 0 (6 inn.); #2 Riverside 7, SBCC 4  Record: 6-14

Vaqueros drop two at Bakersfield Classic
Wilcox homers in 7-4 loss to No. 2 Riverside

 SBCC lost twice to highly ranked teams on the first day of the Bakersfield Classic but gained some confidence with a strong effort against Riverside, the state’s No. 2-ranked team.
Cerritos, rated 10th in Southern Cal, blanked the Vaqueros 9-0 in six innings on Saturday. Riverside, the No. 1 team in Southern Cal, improved to 20-1 with a 7-4 win over the Vaqueros (6-14).
 Dakotah Wilcox, a freshman from Carpinteria High, belted a three-run homer to center in the bottom of the sixth, cutting Riverside’s lead to 6-3. Alex Abbott added an RBI single to pull the Vaqueros within two.
 Abbott pitched all seven innings and held the top-hitting team in the state (.422 batting average) to five hits, including three solo homers. The Tigers broke open a 2-0 game with three in the fifth and one in the sixth to lead 6-0.
 “We were in the game all the way against one of the best pitchers in the state (Katherine Macias),” said SBCC coach Paula Congleton. “This will help our confidence. We’ve just got to find a way to score in more innings.”
 The Vaqueros went scoreless in 12 of 13 innings on Saturday, scoring all four runs in the sixth vs. Riverside.
 Alice Cen went 2-3 in the first game. Karen Ochoa was 2-2 in the second game and Sierra Lujano went 2-3 with a double.
 The Vaqueros will take on Bakersfield at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by Saddleback at noon. 

  (6 inn. run rule)
Cerritos ……...... 110 403 -- 9  9  1
SBCC …….....…. 000 000 -- 0  6  3
 Cornejo, Klein (5) and Caraballo, Mejia (4); Lucido, Abbott (4) and Lujano. W--Cornejo 4-3. L--Lucido 4-8.

Riverside ….…. 101 031 1 -- 7  5  1
SBCC …….…... 000 004 0 -- 4  7  1
Macias, Holman (6) and Avila; Abbott and Lujano. W--Macias 8-0. L--Abbott 2-6.
2B--R: Avila. SB: Lujano. HR--R: Barrios (8), 1st inn., none on; Barrios (9), 3rd inn., none on; Mohl, 6th inn., none on. SB: Wilcox (1), 6th inn., two on.

Thursday, March 14 -- SBCC at Cuesta (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.  Cuesta 6-2, SBCC 5-11 (2nd game, 5 inn.)  Records: 6-12, 3-2

 Vaqueros split at Cuesta

Lucido throws 3-hitter in 11-2 win

 SBCC lost a 6-5 heartbreaker in Thursday’s opener of a WSC Gold Division doubleheader, then stormed back to hand Cuesta its first conference loss with an 11-2 victory in five innings at San Luis Obispo.
The Vaqueros got a two-run double from Alice Cen and took a 4-1 lead after two innings of Game 1. They led 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, only to have Kryn Masutani belt a three-run, walk-off homer with one out.
 Santa Barbara (6-12, 3-2) was held to five hits in the first game. Victoria Lucido pitched a three-hitter in the nightcap, striking out two and walking two. Lucido, a freshman left-hander, had a tough day, getting hit by a ball in warmups, then getting hit by a pitch and taking a line drive off her leg.
 Cuesta (11-13, 4-1) suffered its first conference loss in the second game.
 Natalie Orosco went 2-4 and had a two-run double during an eight-run SBCC third that gave the Vaqueros an 11-0 lead. Cen was 3-4 with three RBIs.
 SBCC stole five bases in the second game, including two by Dakotah Wilcox.
 “We did a nice job of battling back in the second game,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We need to hit like that all the time.”
 Samantha Cabada also had two RBIs for the Vaqueros, who received 10 free passes on eight walks and two hit batters.
 The Vaqueros will compete in the Bakersfield Classic this weekend, taking on Cerritos and No. 2 Riverside at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Game 1

SBCC …….…. 040 010 0 -- 5  5  2
Cuesta …..….. 012 000 3 -- 6  5  1
Abbott, Lucido (2), Abbott (5) and Lujano; Corsaletti, Blanco (6) and Brewster. W--Blanco 4-6. L--Abbott 2-5.
2B--SB: Cen. C: Masutani. HR--Masutani (6), 7th inn., two on.

  Game 2
  (5 inn., run rule)
SBCC …..…... 218 00 --11  11 0
Cuesta ……... 002 00 --  2   3  1
 Lucido and Lujano; Roberts, Corsaletti (3), Blanco (4) and Pratt. W--Lucido 4-7. L--Roberts 4-4.
 2B--SB: Lujano, Orosco. C: Singh, Masutani. 3B--SB: deCastro.

Tuesday, March 12 -- Hancock at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  Hancock 7, SBCC 0  Records: 5-11, 2-1

Hancock blanks Vaqueros 7-0
SBCC held to five hits in home loss

 Nathalia Powell pitched a five-hitter and hit a two-run homer on Tuesday, leading Hancock to a 7-0 WSC Gold victory over SBCC at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (5-11, 2-1) were held to two hits in the first five innings. The Bulldogs scored four times in the fifth to stretch the lead to 7-0.

 Leadoff hitter Michaela Valencia went 4-4 for Hancock with two doubles and three runs.
 SBCC pitcher Victoria Lucido was 2-4 at the plate, boosting her team-high average to .424.
 “Our timing was off a little, our kids were a little jumpy in the box,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We hit a lot of balls hard in foul territory but only got five hits. And we had a lot of fly-ball outs.
“You’re not going to win games that way. We have to get better offensive production.”
 The Vaqueros loaded the bases in the second and sixth innings with two outs but couldn’t score.
 “We showed a lack of focus and our confidence isn’t there right now,” Congleton added. “Mentally, the kids feel like they’re in a slump and they’re not. We have to find a way to dig out of that hole.”
 The Vaqueros travel to Cuesta for a doubleheader on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Hancock …..…. 102 040 0 -- 7  12   2
SBCC ……..….. 000 000 0 -- 0    5   2
 Powell and Cosand; Lucido and Lujano. W--Powell 6-3. L--Lucido 3-7.
2B--H: Valencia 2. HR--H: Powell (2), 5th inn., one on.

Thursday, March 7 -- L.A. Pierce at SBCC (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.   SBCC 7-3, Pierce 1-0  Records: 5-10, 2-0 WSC Gold

Vaqueros sweep in WSC Gold debut

      Abbott throws 1-hitter in nightcap

 SBCC swept past L.A. Pierce 7-1 and 3-0 in its first WSC Gold doubleheader on Thursday at Pershing Park.
Alice Cen and Samantha Cabada each had two hits and scored twice in the opener. Natalie Orosco had a two-run single in the sixth for the Vaqueros (5-10, 2-0).
 Left-hander Victoria Lucido got the pitching win, going all seven innings and allowing just one run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
 In the nightcap, Alexandra Abbott tossed a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts. She also had eight walks, including three in the top of the seventh. The Brahmas (3-10, 0-2) loaded the bases with two outs but Abbott struck out the cleanup hitter to end the game.
 “I felt good out there and it was good to know I had a defense behind me,” said Abbott, a freshman from Fresno. “My curveball and changeup were working well. This is a great way to start conference.”
 In the first game, SBCC scored two in the first and two in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Alice Cen doubled and scored on a passed ball in the third and Orosco walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error.
 The Brahmas committed five errors, leading to four unearned runs.
 “Victoria had good control on the mound in the first game and our hitters came through,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We did some really good things and we were excited going into the second game.
 “Our offense wasn’t great in the second game but Alex pitched a fantastic game. Our offensive production needs to be a lot better.”
 Abbott fanned five of the first seven batters in the nightcap. She also drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the second that scored Danielle deCastro. Lucido pinch hit in the sixth and delivered a two-run single up the middle.
 Catcher Sierra Lujano went 2-3 in the second game.
 The Vaqueros play host to Hancock on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Game 1

L.A. Pierce …..…. 100 000 0 -- 1  6  5
SBCC …..……….. 202 012 x -- 7  6  1
 Vogler and Cano; Lucido and Lujano. W--Lucido 3-6. L--Vogler.
2B--SB: Cen, Cabada.

 Game 2
L.A. Pierce …...… 000 000 0 -- 0  1  1
SBCC ………,,..… 010 002 x -- 3  6  2
Vogler and Cano; Abbott and Lujano, W--Abbott 2-4. L--Vogler.

 2B--SB: deCastro.

Saturday, March 2 -- Golden West Invitational.  Orange Coast 5, SBCC 1   SBCC 10, Oxnard 2 (5 inn)  Record: 3-10

Vaqueros split at Golden West tourney

       Abbott tosses 2-hitter in 10-2 win

 SBCC split two softball games on Saturday at the Golden West Invitational, falling to Orange Coast 5-1 and beating Oxnard 10-2 behind a spectacular performance by Alex Abbott.
Abbott tossed a two-hitter in the second game of the consolation round at Huntington Beach. She struck out four and went 3-3 at the plate with two doubles.
 Shannon Kelly belted a three-run homer over the left-field fence during a five-run second inning by the Vaqueros (3-10). Abbott had a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning.
 Danielle DeCastro went 2-3 with two runs and Kiersty Briner stole three bases and scored twice for SBCC, which had a season-high 12 hits.
 In the Orange Coast game, DeCastro, Victoria Lucido, Amanda Caras all had two hits. Kelly had an RBI single in the sixth.
 The Vaqueros open WSC Gold Division play on Thursday with a home doubleheader vs. L.A. Pierce, starting at 1 p.m.

Orange Coast ……. 000 140 0 -- 5   9   1
SBCC …..………….. 000 001 0 -- 1   9   4
Ornelas and Kelley; Lucido and Lujano. W--Ornelas. L--Lucido 2-6.
2B--SW: Bochniak. HR--SB: Orosco (2), 5th inn., two on.

   (5 inn., 8-run rule)
Oxnard ……...… 000 01 --   2    2   0
SBCC ………..… 150 4x -- 10  12   0
 Matautia and Rodriguez; Abbott and Lujano, Wilcox (4). W--Abbott 1-4. L--Matautia.
2B--SB: Abbott 2. HR--SB: Kelly (1), 2nd inn., two on.

Friday, March 1 -- Golden West Invitational.  Southwestern 6, SBCC 5   Pasadena 10, SBCC 5  Record: 2-9

Vaqueros drop two at Golden West tourney
     Orosco hits 3-run homer in opener

 SBCC built 5-1 leads in two games on Friday at the Golden West Invitational in Huntington Beach but couldn’t finish things off. Southwestern scored four in the sixth inning to edge the Vaqueros 6-5 and Pasadena used an eight-run sixth to post a 10-5 victory.
 The Pasadena game was called after six innings due to a time limit.
Natalie Orosco hit her second homer of the year in the first game. Her three-run blast boosted the lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth. Danielle DeCastro and Victoria Lucido each had two hits and Alice Cen stole four bases for the Vaqueros (2-9).
 Santa Barbara took a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning vs. Pasadena but the Lancers scored eight times on four hits and two walks.
 DeCastro went 2-3 in the second game and Orosco had a triple.
 “I don’t know what happens to us late in the game when we‘re leading,” said assistant coach Ashley Alderton. “We have to learn how to finish.”
 The Vaqueros play at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

SBCC …………….... 200 030 0 -- 5   8   3
Southwestern …..... 100 014 x -- 6   7   2
Lucido and Lujano; Armas and Berumen. W--Armas. L--Lucido 2-5.
2B--SW: Bochniak. HR--SB: Orosco (2), 5th inn., two on.

  (6 inn., time limit)
Pasadena …… 100 108 -- 10   8   1
SBCC ………… 302 000 --   5   6   4
Quintero, Izumida (1) and Hernandez; Abbott, Lucido (6) and Lujano. W--Izumida. L--Abbott 0-4.
 2B--SB: Cen, DeCastro. 3B--SB: Orosco.

Thursday, Feb. 28 -- SBCC at L.A. Valley, 2:30 p.m.  Valley 5, SBCC 2  Record: 2-7 

Valley downs Vaqueros 5-2
   Orosco, Caras drive in runs

 L.A. Valley broke open a 2-1 contest with three runs in the fifth on Thursday and went on to beat visiting SBCC 5-2 in a nonconference game.
Natalie Orosco had an RBI double in the second and Amanda Caras added a run-scoring double in the seventh for the Vaqueros (2-7). Alex Abbott pitched a complete game and went 2-4 at the plate with a stolen base.

 “We need to turn things around and start playing together,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We’ve really been beating ourselves lately.”
 The Vaqueros had six hits and five errors on Thursday.
 This weekend, they’ll be seeking their second straight title in the Golden West Invitational at Huntington Beach. They open on Friday against Southwestern (11 a.m.) and Pasadena (1 p.m.).

SBCC ………..…... 010 000 1 --  2   6  5
L.A. Valley …..….. 110 030 x --  5 11  0
Abbott and Lujano; Cacho and Castillo. W--Cacho. L--Abbott 0-3.
2B--SB: Orosco, Caras. LAV: Aquino, Castillo.

Friday, Feb. 22 -- SBCC at Long Beach, 2:30 p.m.  Long Beach 10, SBCC 4  Record: 2-6

Vaqueros fall 10-4 at Long Beach
  Cabada goes 4-4; Lucido is 3-4

 SBCC sophomore Sammy Cabada was 4-4 on Friday and pitcher Victoria Lucido was 3-4 but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 10-4 loss at Long Beach.
 The Vaqueros (2-6) scored all four runs in the third to pull within 5-4 but the Vikings (9-4) answered with three in the third and two more in the fourth.

 Amanda Caras, Tianna Velasquez and Alex Abbott had RBI singles for SBCC, which left 10 runners on base.
 “We were focused at the start but a misplayed ball in the outfield put us in a tailspin in the first inning,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We came back in the third, then they got a couple of Punch and Judy hits and things got away from us.
 “Our defense was better today. Alice Cen made a great leaping catch at shortstop and also threw out a runner on a ball that was right up the middle.”
 The Vaqueros play at L.A. Valley on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. A day later, they open defense of their Golden West Invitational title against Southwestern and Pasadena.

SBCC ………..…... 004 000 0 --   4    8   2
Long Beach …….. 323 200 x -- 10  11   3
Lucido and Lujano; Shadwell, Frese (3) and Padilla. W--Shadwell. L--Lucido 2-4.
2B--SB: Cabada. 3B--LB: Misaalefua 2, Gutierrez.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 -- SBCC at L.A. Mission, 2:30 p.m.  Mission 9, SBCC 1 (5 inn.)  Record: 1-2

Mission tops Vaqueros 9-1

   Lujano goes 2-2 in road loss

 L.A. Mission scored nine runs in the first three innings on Tuesday and went on to beat SBCC 9-1 in a five-inning nonconference game in Sylmar.
The Eagles (5-3) got a grand slam from Stephanie Orosco and scored five times in the first inning to chase starter Alexandra Abbott.
 Sierra Lujano went 2-2 for the Vaqueros (1-2) and Danielle DeCastro drove in the only run with an RBI single in the third.
 SBCC opens play in the San Diego City Invitational on Friday, taking on Desert at 1 p.m. and Grossmont at 3 p.m.

  (5 inn., run rule)
SBCC ………..…... 001 00 --  1  7  4
L.A. Mission .….... 522 0x --  9  9  1
 Abbott, Lucido (1) and Lujano; Christopherson and Guzman. W--Christopherson. L--Abbott 0-2.
 HR--LAM: S. Orosco, 1st inn., three on.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 -- Bakersfield at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 12, Bakersfield 2 (5 inn.)  Record: 1-1

Vaqueros blast Bakersfield 12-2
      Caras collects 2 hits and 3 runs

 SBCC erupted for eight runs in the second inning on Tuesday and went on to beat Bakersfield 12-2 in a five-inning game at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (1-1) sent 12 batters to the plate in the second frame and piled up six hits and two walks. An error on a grounder by Natalie Orosco opened the floodgates and led to seven unearned runs. Ten of the Vaqueros’ 12 runs were unearned.
 Second baseman Amanda Caras went 2-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Caras and winning pitcher Victoria Lucido each had two hits in the second inning. Lucido, Danielle deCastro and Alice Cen all had two-run singles.
 “It felt pretty to good to score eight runs in one inning, especially after we didn’t score any on Saturday,” said Caras, a freshman from Gardnerville, Nev. “We were swinging the bats much harder today. We were more aggressive all around.”
 Tianna Velasquez also drove in a pair of runs for the Vaqueros, who scored four more in the fourth on a single, a walk and two errors.
  “We focused and really concentrated at the plate,” said coach Paula Congleton. “We worked on that hard in practice on Monday in the batting cage. I kept telling them to swing the bats hard. When we do that, good things happen.
 “We took advantage of their walks and errors. We have six freshmen in the starting lineup and they settled down today. Those first-game jitters are behind us.”
 Lucido, a freshman left-hander, and Alexandra Abbott combined on a three-hitter. Lucido allowed no runs on two hits in three innings.
 The Vaqueros will host two strong opponents on Saturday, taking on No. 6 Canyons at 10:30 a.m. and No. 1 and defending state champion Cypress at 2:30 p.m.

  (5 inn., run rule)
Bakersfield …... 000 20 --   2   3   4

SBCC .……….... 080 4x -- 12   7   1
 Peterson, Best (3) and Rice, Charles (4); Lucido, Abbott (4) and Lujano, Hargrave (4). W--Lucido 1-0. L--Peterson 0-1.

Saturday, Feb. 2 -- Santa Ana at SBCC, 11 a.m.  Santa Ana 9, SBCC 0  (5 inn.)

Vaqueros blanked in opener, 9-0
  They get just four hits vs. Santa Ana

 Devon Rodriguez tossed a four-hitter and Karina Rosas drove in three runs on Saturday as Santa Ana spoiled the season opener for SBCC with a 9-0 win at Pershing Park.
The seven-inning game was called after five frames due to the eight-run rule.
 The Dons (2-1) took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, thanks to six hits. The Vaqueros only had four base runners for the day. The closest they came to scoring was in the bottom of the first when Alice Cen beat out an infield single with two outs. Danielle deCastro followed with a single to left-center but Cen was thrown out at the plate.
 “The kids were pretty excited and we felt like we had prepared them but Santa Ana came out very aggressive,” said coach Paula Congleton. “Our kids fell back on their heels and let that team dominate them. Once we went into our shells, we never came out.
 “When our No. 1 hitter only gets two at-bats in a game, we’re not doing anything offensively. We told the girls they need to be more aggressive. Defensively, our pitchers were missing a lot of their spots. They‘re both rookies and we have a little more work to do on the mound.”
 Alexandra Abbott, who played on the women’s soccer team last fall, was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on six hits in three innings. Santa Ana sent 10 more batters to the plate (28-18) and took advantage of three Vaquero errors.
 The Vaqueros continue their four-game home stand on Tuesday when they host Bakersfield at 2:30 p.m.

  (5 inn., run rule)
Santa Ana …... 004 32 -- 9 10  0

SBCC .……….. 000 00 -- 0   4  3
Rodriguez and Pavao, Moreno (5); Abbott, Lucido (4) and Lujano. W--Rodriguez 2-0. L--Abbott 0-1.
 2B--SA: Choate. 3B--SA: Yglesias.

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