LA VERNE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball team fell to CMS 2-1 and fell to La Verne 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Campus West Field in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament.
With the losses, the Sagehens have been eliminated from the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and end the year with a 27-15 overall record and 18-11 in conference play. Pomona-Pitzer breaks a single season record for overall and conference wins in a single season as well as made their deepest run in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament in program history.
CMS 2, Pomona-Pitzer 1
The Sagehens were kept quiet on offense as Anna Gurr threw a gem for the Athenas. Gurr gave up three hits and one run without walking a single person as she went all seven innings for the win.
Alondra Reynoso and Liz Rodarte combined for a very well-pitched game for the Sagehens as Reynoso went 3.1 and gave up one run on six hits and then Rodarte took over going the final 2.2 innings with one run off of two hits.
CMS jumped out on top in the bottom of the third as a sacrifice fly to left field brought in the first run of the game to give CMS a 1-0 lead.
The Athenas went on to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Valdez homered with a solo shot to put CMS on top 2-1. The Sagehens tried to spark a rally in the top of the seventh but the Athenas were able to hold off the Sagehens as CMS advanced to the Championship game.
La Verne 4, Pomona-Pitzer 1
La Verne got out to a lead in its first at-bats as Navarro doubled down the line to bring in the first runner of the game to give the Leopards a 1-0 lead.
The Sagehens responded in the bottom of the second as Rockhill singled to right field to bring in Druckman to tie the game at 1-1.
The turning point in the game was in the top of the sixth as Garcia homered for the Leopards with a runner on base to give La Verne a 3-1 lead. The Sagehens had an opportunity to get some runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning as they loaded the bases with nobody out in the inning but failed to get a run home as the Leopards changed pitchers and Elisa Ponce was able to get La Verne out of the jam with no damage done.
The Leopards went on to add one more to their lead in the seventh as an RBI single extended the lead to 4-1. Pomona-Pitzer could not fight back in the seventh as their historic season came to an end in the Semifinals of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament.