Saddleback College’s freshman pitcher Kaylee Cranmer recorded four strikeouts against Santiago Canyon last Friday. (Niko LaBarbera)
The Saddleback College softball team was able to extend their winning streak to four games on Friday when they beat conference opponent Santiago Canyon College Hawks 10-6 at Trani Field in Mission Viejo.
Despite being outhit 12 to 10, Saddleback was able to capitalize on every opportunity they got and scored in each inning of the game. They also took advantage of four Hawk errors while giving up none of their own.
The first inning featured Saddleback sophmore Katelyn Gomez reaching base off an error by Santiago Canyon’s shortstop A.J. Carranza, and freshman Ankica Gogich singling to right field. Both runners eventually scored off a two-out double through the left side by sophomore Caelen Smith to get the Gauchos out to an early 2-0 lead.
The scoring continued for Saddleback in the second inning as sophomores Samantha Lima and Samme Wright found themselves on second and third with two outs. This was no problem for sophomore Jessica Angulo who’s single turned into a double after a wild throw drove both base runners home to expand the lead to 4-0.
Sophomore Chandler Smith continued the two-out hitting frenzy in the bottom of the third inning when she singled to second base driving freshman Adrianna Javier across home plate to make the score 5-0.
Santiago Canyon got their first points on the board in the fourth inning after getting two runs off three hits, but continued to hurt themselves with defensive mistakes in the bottom half on the inning.
Lima was able to reach base after Carranza’s second error in the field, and was then driven home by sophomore Allie Potts to make the score 6-2.
Santiago Canyon was able to scrape together two more runs in the fifth, but a third defensive mistake by Carranza in the field, and a two-out, three run home run by Lima sealed the deal for the Gauchos victory.
Saddleback’s final run would be scored on a wild pitch in the sixth which made the final score at 10-6.
Although freshman Saddleback pitcher Kaylee Cranmer gave up 12 hits, she got four strikeouts and she pitched her way throughout the entire game, improving to 8-1 on the season. She has a whopping 42 strikeouts on the season.
The Gauchos next game will be in Costa Mesa on Monday to square off against the Orange Coast College Pirates at 3 p.m.