03.11.09 – Athletes of the Week

T.J. Liphold (Shannon Patrick)

John Franz, Sports Editor

T.J. Lipold

Saddleback College, Men’s Basketball – Guard

Mr. Clutch came through again. The last time Lipold made a game-winning shot, the Gauchos won the Orange Empire Conference. Last Saturday, Lipold made sure the Gauchos were Fresno bound for the State Championships. With 4.9 seconds left to be played, Lipold sank a three-pointer to put Saddleback up 63-60. “When it left my hand, I’m not gonna lie I thought it was a little right. So many others contributed to this win,” Lipold said. The Gauchos face Reedly tommorow at 5 p.m.

Dana Hermocillo

Saddleback College, Softball – P/1B

Last Wednesday the Gauchos faced No. 4 Riverside; in the beginning it looked as if it was going to be an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. In the bottom of the fifth, Tigers’ Pitcher Corey Williams had a no-hitter, but Hermocillo changed that with a double to right-center. She was lifted for a pinch-runner who came in to score. In the sixth inning, she added a single, driving in a run and also scoring. The No. 6 Gauchos eventually won the game 7-1. She started the rally in each of her at-bats and was a key contributor to the victory.

Dana Hermocillo (Courtesy of Saddleback College Athletics)