Fastpitch team splits their last two games in ’09 season

John Franz

The Saddleback College softball team closed out its regular season with two games at home. On Monday, April 20, the Gauchos flexed their muscles in a 12-0 romping of Citrus College. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule. 

Kelly Bosshart was three for three with two home runs, and three runs batted in. Lauren Molina picked up the win improving her record to 16-5 on her stellar season. Molina was also a key contributor at the plate, as she had three hits and scored two runs. Becky Gorlin pitched the fifth inning and held Citrus scoreless as the Gauchos got their 27th win on the season with only 11 defeats.

Last Wednesday, the Gauchos hosted rival Riverside, Senior Day for the Gauchos, but they couldn’t come up with the big hit and made critical errors in the Tigers 4-1 win.

Kelly Bosshart and Shannon Wilkison combined for five hits but the other Gauchos struggled with the Tiger’s starting pitcher Corey Williams, who struck out six Gauchos and improved her record to 7-4 for the season.

Tiger’s left-fielder Afton Willamson went to two for four with an RBI. Saddleback pitcher Molina got the loss for the Gauchos as she finished her season with a 16-6 record. Molina was the only active pitcher on the roster for this game as Gorlin hurt her back during pregame warm ups and Dana Hermocillo quit the team the week before.

The Gauchos finished the 2009 season with a record of 27-12, and a record of 12-9 in Orange Empire Conference play. Molina finished her dominant career at Saddleback, earning Athlete of the Semester for spring 2008, and is also in the running for Women’s Athlete of the Semester for the spring 2009. Lauren Molina and Sarah Bosshart were named to the 2009 Orange Empire Conference first team, Starr White and Kelly Bosshart were also named to the second team all conference team. Molina also accepted a scholarship to play for University of California at Riverside next season. 

The Gauchos now wait for seeding positions for the So Cal Playoffs which start May 1. Check www.lariatnews.com for updates for the regional playoff game times and results.

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