Strong offense carries BC to seven straight wins
Meisha McMurray, Reporter
February 29, 2012
Filed under Sports
The Bakersfield College softball team hit seven home runs while winning seven games over the past two weeks.
The Renegades raised their record to 11-4 by defeating Rancho Santiago 8-6, West Hills College 10-1, Taft College 9-1, Cuesta College 7-2, Cerritos College 6-5, Southwestern College 4-1 and Cypress College 1-0.
BC freshman infielder Sarah Smith hit a home run against Rancho Santiago and a two-run home run against West Hills in the third inning, bringing BC to a 5-1 lead.
In the same inning, sophomore catcher Kara Frankhouser also hit a two-run home run bringing BC to a lead 10-1 over the Lady Falcons.
In the bottom half of the second inning against Taft, BC freshman infielder Brittney Roberts hit a home run.
Smith also hit a home run in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
In the game against Cuesta College, BC freshman pitcher and third basemen Kaila Williams hit another home run for BC.
“Everyone is always excited about their first home run in college and their first home run of the year, so it was really exciting,” said Williams.
In the game against Cerritos, Smith hit a three-run home run.
In the game against Rancho Santiago, BC freshman pitcher Kelsey Best pitched two innings and finished with two hits, four runs scored and one walk.
Relieving Best in the third inning was BC sophomore Julie Estep, who pitched the rest of the game.
She finished with five hits, two runs scored and three walks.
In the game against West Hills College, BC sophomore pitcher Jessica Simpson pitched five innings, had six hits with one run scored and no walks. Due to the run rule, the game ended in the fifth inning.
BC finished with 10 runs, 10 hits and one error.
Williams pitched five innings against Taft College and gave up one run on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.
“With my pitching I did very well,” she said.
“I feel I helped my team out a lot, and they congratulated me.”
After taking a year and a half off of playing softball when she completed high school, she came back ready to enjoy softball again.
“I stayed home and hung out a little bit,” she said. “I was really burnt out playing a lot. It was a hard decision, it was hard to take a year and a half off then come back, but it’s been a lot of fun. I really love my team and my coach.”
In the bottom of the first inning against Taft, BC sophomore outfielder Brittany Messer brought in the first run of the game ending the first inning with one run on two hits and one player on base, putting BC in the lead 1-0.
In the bottom half of the second inning, sophomore Kaitlin Toerner had a base hit, which brought home sophomore Megan McCormick, making it the third run for BC. Kara Frankhouser hit a double which brought in sophomore Callie McRoberts and Messer, bringing BC to a 5-0 lead over Taft.
BC and Taft picked up a run in the third inning.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Williams strikes out, but BC bounced back by picking up three runs on four hits and an error.
Against Cuesta College, Julie Estep pitched for seven complete innings, gave up six hits, two runs, no walks, and six strikeouts.
In the bottom half of the seventh inning, BC finished with seven runs on eight hits and had four errors.
In the game against Southwestern, Simpson pitched seven innings, giving off one run on seven hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Estep pitched seven innings for BC against Cypress giving off no runs on three hits and one walk. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Messer hit a single following her was Toerner with a bunt single.
Messer scored a run with the help of an error made by Smith.
BC will host Oxnard College on March 1.