Glendale Community College softball takes two

Softball: Walk-off home run by Mendoza propels GCC to sweep of Bakersfield.

April 11, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the News-Press
  • Glendale Community College's Claire Ortiz goes for a slap hit in a game with Bakersfield College.
Glendale Community College's Claire Ortiz goes… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — The Glendale Community College softball team had a chance in the second game of a double dip against Bakersfield College Thursday afternoon to finish a sweep of the three-game season series against its foe from the Western State Conference Blue Division.

The Vaqueros were poised to do just that, taking a three-run lead into the top of the final inning before the visitors tied it up. However, GCC dug deep and salvaged the sweep on the strength of a two-run walk-off homer on the initiative of Vanessa Mendoza, giving the home team a 6-4 victory.

“It was supposed to be a bunt sign, but I just thought [the pitch] was juicy and fat that I just wanted to hit it,” Mendoza said of her game-winning hit. “I wanted a hit, I wanted it to end it, and I wanted to win, so I just hit it.”

Glendale (16-17-1, 6-8) had a masterful pitching performance from Kayla Evans through six innings before the sophomore gave up three runs in the top of the seventh, tying the contest at 4.


“Phenomenal,” Glendale coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder said of Evans’s pitching effort. “For six innings they couldn’t touch her.”

The Vaqueros did not panic and started the bottom of the frame with a single to left field by Nicole Saucillo. Mendoza, who had led off the fifth inning with an inside-the-park home run, followed and smashed the third pitch of her at-bat deep into left field, earning a trip around the bases and an end to the game with her team on top, 6-4.

“I’m like on high right now, really happy,” Mendoza said. “I can’t stop smiling. It was so fun.”

It was the first two-home-run game for the sophomore shortstop of the Vaqueros, who belted three homers in the game. Freshman Amanda Carriedo also led off the fifth inning with an inside-the-park home run to deep center field.

“Today my assistant coach Sal [Pizzo] said to me our girls look loose, but ready,” Wilder said, “and they played the best two games we’ve played in a long time.”

Glendale handily won the first game of the day, 11-1, in a game that was halted after five innings due to the mercy rule. In that game, right-hander Katie Bakhshian struck out five in her five innings of work. Sofia Garcia, Megumi Furuta, and Jena Kaser each had two RBIs.

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