Softball brings the momentum into the second round of conference play

Robert Mullen, Sports Editor

The Bakersfield College softball team has moved to 4-6 in conference play to tie for fourth in the conference after winning three of the last five games played.

The most recent game on March 27 saw an 8-5 home victory over Glendale College.

BC took an early lead in the second inning with two runs, and held it with a run in the third and two more in the fifth to stay ahead. Glendale managed to tie it up to 5-5 in the seventh inning, but the Renegades scored three runs to end the game. Alex Avilla had a homerun and three RBI, while Brooke Quiddam and Marisela Gonzales each had two.

March 25 was a doubleheader against LA Valley College. BC won the first game 14-9, but lost the second 4-12. The game remained largely close throughout, with both LA Valley and BC exchanging one run leads until BC fell behind 4-6 in the fourth. LA Valley sealed the game in the fifth, scoring six runs.

BC had two games on March 23, an early 9-8 win over Santa Barbara before Cerritos College knocked them out 6-12 in the afternoon.

Brenna Vasquez had a home run and three RBI against Santa Barbara, and Avilla added another two. Erin Huckaby and Gonzales each contributed one.

As part of that same series BC played Riverside College and Saddleback College on March 22. Against Riverside, BC took a 1-7 loss and against Saddleback a 4-13 loss.

BC suffered three more losses before the 22-23 series. A 2-13 loss Against LA Valley on March 20, and a 3-16 and 7-15 doubleheader loss to College of the Canyons on March 18.

BC is midway through conference play, and will restart their cycle against their conference opponents.

Co-head coach Ryane Peterson is still hopeful for coming out of conference play strong.

“I’m just excited for [the girls] to get through the second round. Our conference is so open, we’re tied for fourth, but teams are tied for first and second, so this conference is anyone’s game right now,” said Peterson.

“If we can get some good wins and let everybody else beat up on each other at this point, then we can have a good standing.

“We just need to keep chipping away at people, and playing the way we know how to play and not caring about if we won or last during the first part of the conference.”

BC will host a doubleheader against Antelope Valley College on April 1 before traveling to Citrus College on April 3, then they will be back home for another doubleheader against Santa Monica College on April 8.