Courtesy Lariat / Julia McCloskey
The Saddleback Gauchos softball team achieved another victory last Wednesday at Trani Field, getting a 5-3 victory versus Fullerton College. Saddleback is now 2-1 in conference play which placed them third in the Orange Empire Conference standings. This was the Gauchos second straight game in a row they had won.
Saddleback’s game on Friday, Feb. 26, versus Orange Coast College was not as victorious. Orange Coast managed to score four runs while Saddleback shied in at 2. A subsequent game on Saturday, Feb. 27, Saddleback again only managed to score two, while Palomar got nine and the victory.
Gauchos head coach Nick Trani was upbeat about the win, despite the two losses that Saddleback had suffered the pious two contests.
“I thought the team played well and took advantage of Fullerton’s errors by coming through with some clutch hitting,” Trani said. “It was an important conference win against a very good Fullerton team.”
Wednesday’s game was hallmarked by a slow moving Saddleback team initally. Then, in the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Gauchos managed to find their pace and ended up tallying three runs and score two more in the sixth to snag a 5-1 lead.
Fullerton aided in Saddleback’s quest for victory by committing three errors, qualifying the Gauchos for three unearned runs.
Saddleback now has 6-7 overall record after all three games in the past week. There are nothing but conference games from here on out, so the Gauchos will have an opportunity to add to there already good conference record.
Saddleback will play Cypress College next Wednesday, March 3 on the road.