CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team concluded their season at the SCIAC Championship, falling to Whittier College in the final round 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Sagehens wrapped up a solid season where they finished in second place in the SCIAC with a 31-12-1 record overall and 21-7 in conference play. Seniors Liz Rodarte, Kristen Hong, and Baleigh McCuskey played their hardest in their final games as members of the Sagehens while first years like Katy Hurley, Hannah Brajkovich, and Megan Otsuka provided optimism about the program's future moving forward.
Pomona-Pitzer 3, Whittier 5 (Game 6)
The Sagehens dropped their double elimination game against the Poets, falling 5-3. In a slow, gritty affair, the Poets emerged on top thanks to a fourth-inning rally and an insurance run in the seventh.
The Poets took the lead in the top of the second inning when Jamelle Ha drilled a triple to center field to score Jade Sanchez from second. They scored again in the third with runners on first and third off a double steal.
The Poets rallied in the fourth inning, putting up two to extend their lead 4-1. However, the Sagehens rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Baleigh McCuskey hit a sacrifice fly to score Michelle Calcany Blair from third. Olivia Campion followed with an RBI single to bring the Sagehens within one.
Jade Sanchez added an insurance run for the Poets in the top of the seventh and the Poets held on for the victory.
Pomona-Pitzer 3, Whittier 4 (Game 7)
The Sagehens came close to rallying back to win the SCIAC Championship, but the Whittier College Poets hung on for the narrow 4-3 victory.
The Poets struck first as Brianna McGee scored from third off an RBI single by Jade Sanchez.
However, Whittier responded in the bottom of the third inning with three runs, as Jamelle Ha capped the rally with an RBI off a sacrifice fly to give the Poets a 4-1 lead.
Alondra Reynoso opened up the top of the fifth inning with a double to left center and later advanced to third on a groundout by Brajkovich. Liz Rodarte nearly hit a two-run homerun, but her shot fell right on the warning track. Fortunately, Kristen Hong was able to bring Reynoso home with an RBI single to cut the lead in half 4-2.
The Sagehens almost rallied back in the top of the seventh inning when they put runners on first and second with one out. Rodarte slapped a single through the left side of the field to cut the deficit to win, putting the Sagehens in position to win. With two outs, Izzy Deatherage managed to connect on a 2-2 pitch that almost climbed over the right field fence, but came short of the home run as Kacey Whitney of Whittier made a basket catch.