Diverse Saddleback offensive attack results in pair of victories

SWING BATTA BATTA (Shannon Patrick)

John Franz

The Gauchos hosted Golden West last Wednesday, and the Rustlers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, jump started by a two-run home run by first basemen Mellissa Baker to right-center field.

But that would be all the scoring the Rustlers would be able to get on the board against Lauren Molina, who picked up her 14th victory of the season in the 10-3 win.

In the bottom of the first inning, Kelly Bosshart singled and later scored on a Rustler error, which landed Sarah Bosshart on second.

Molina drove in (Sarah) Bosshart. Megan Geier would drive in Molina to tie the game at 3 after one.

The Gauchos would take the 4-3 lead on a wild pitch that would score Brittany Ash.
Saddleback would later jump out to a 7-3 lead before Geier would double in two in the bottom of the six to make the score 10-3, Geier finished the day going 2 for 4, with a double and three runs batted in.

Molina went six strong innings, striking out four, allowing five hits and walking one batter, her record now stands at 14-3. Dana Hermocillo would come in and finish off the game, she struck out one not allowing a hit.

The Rustlers made six errors in the game, which led to five unearned runs for the Gauchos.

Rustler’s starting pitcher was Lisa Nolden, she went three innings allowing one earned run but four unearned runs.

Brittany Farrell would relieve her and allow five runs, of which two were unearned.
The Rustlers have a record of 16-20 with a record of 5-12 in Orange Empire Conference play.

Saddleback traveled to Santiago Canyon College on Thursday to play the third game of the season between the two schools.

The Gauchos got off to a quick start scoring four runs in the first inning and two runs in the second inning. Saddleback would hold this lead to capture the 7-4 victory. The win was the third of the season for the Gauchos over Santiago Canyon. Saddleback swept the season series.

Starr White spearheaded the Gauchos offense with three hits and two RBI in the game.
Hermocillo pitched another gem for Saddleback. Hermocillo earned the victory by allowing only one earned run on six hits given up to Santiago Canyon.

With the two victories, the Gauchos now have a record of 24-9 on the season, and 10-6 in OEC play.

Saddleback will host the Cypress College Chargers today at 3 p.m. Cypress has a record of 36-5 overall and 17-1 in the OEC. The Chargers are coming off a 9-1 victory over the same Santiago Canyon team, and a doubleheader against Grossmont College. Kimberly Frazier is the team star and leads Cypress in batting average with a .459 average, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, and walks.

GO FOR IT (Shannon Patrick)

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