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Glendale Community College softball comes up short against rival College of the Canyons

Softball: Vaqueros mount comeback bid in seventh inning, but suffer 10-5 loss to College of the Canyons.

April 17, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — It’s been a frustrating season for the members of the Glendale Community College softball team.

Though it was expected to be a season in transition, the Vaqueros have encountered a few extra speed bumps along the way.

Glendale looked to reverse its fortune Thursday against rival College of the Canyons in a Western State Conference Blue Division contest, but a string of errors paved the way for a 10-5 home defeat for the Vaqueros at the Glendale Sports Complex.

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Glendale lost its seventh straight contest to dip to 14-22, 4-14 in the division. Canyons improved to 20-12, 16-3 and swept all three meetings against the Vaqueros this season.

Glendale first-year Coach Sal Pizzo found a positive following Thursday’s defeat, though.

“I liked the way we battled back in the last couple of innings and scoring the five runs,” Pizzo said. “I liked the way we were able to battle all the way through after it almost being a [nine-run] mercy rule.

“That’s been the character of our team all year long. We’ve had some rough times. They are staying with it, though.”

Canyons swept a home doubleheader against Glendale on March 25, posting 10-6 and 8-4 victories. On Thursday, the Cougars led throughout and finished with 13 hits.

Glendale didn’t get its first hit until Ari Rea singled with two outs in the fifth. The Vaqueros finally solved Canyons starting pitcher Milana Casillas in the sixth, as Cassandra Soto had a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 8-1.

After the Cougars received a two-run inside-the-park home run from Casillas in the seventh, the Vaqueros mounted their comeback bid in their half of the inning with two outs. Leslie Zepeta walked with the bases loaded to make it 10-2 before Soto delivered a two-run single to pull the Vaqueros to within six, 10-4. Jessica Morena then followed with a run-scoring single to make it 10-5 before Casillas recorded the final out to give the Cougars their third victory in a row.

“It’s good that we were at least able to fight all the way until the final out,” said Soto, a sophomore pitcher/first baseman who finished with a pair of hits. “Win or lose, we didn’t give up.

“We have a young team and are still learning different things.”

Canyons took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Alija Ramirez.

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