By Jesse Munoz / COC Sports Information Director
The College of the Canyons women’s softball team beat Santa Barbara City College 16-1 on Tuesday, extending its two-game winning streak to four consecutive games with Alison Melgar’s hot Cougar’s team.
The Canyons (4-3-1) have taken 17 hits, nine of them on an extra basis, against the Vaqueros as head coach John Wismat’s side have consistently backed down in their last six games. The Cougars made 37 runs during that period, 10 of which came from a double defeat to Cerritos on 15 February. The COC has not lost since then, but it will pick up momentum in the upcoming meetings this weekend.
Santa Barbara (3-10) was the first to score in the opening game, but eventually lost 6-1 at Whitney Field on a cold, windy day.
The COC then quickly won 10-0, with the second game scheduled after five innings.
Melgar (4-1) won for the second time the two victories of the two-headed player in the same number of outcomes, ensuring a stable presence in the circle for Wismat.
Freshman Lisa Motz opened the home run at the opening; she continues to lead the Cougars, and the conference started with an average of 0.542 strokes, ending with nine extra base strokes, four steps and four steals. His 14 runs finished second in the conference.
Game 1 (6-1 Canyons Victory)
The Vaqueros came out with their only run of the day when a Cougar field error, with two outcomes, allowed the SBCC runner to score from the third.
Alice Silva triple-struck third in the Canyons, then scored with a goal from Caitlin Soto on the left, leveling the game at 1-1. Motz continued the rally with his own trio until Ashley Huck’s revolt և SBCC’s next mistake allowed Motz to score. Hack stole the second and later took the third, until the wrong throw on the game led him to score a goal for Kugar 3-1 advantage.
Motz’s home run in the fifth was his first this season, pushing the Canyons 4-1. Sabrina Englebrecht և Silva both recorded RBI singles in the sixth, 6-1 in the final.
Melgar fired four shots, two six-pointers for his first win of the day.
Lisa Motz – 2-for-3, HR, triple, 2 runs, RBI
Alisa Silva – 2 vs. 3, triple, run, RBI
Ashley Hack – 1 vs. 3, 2 SB, jogging
Valerie Ramirez – 1 vs. 2, double, BB, run
Alison Melgar – W, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K.
Game 2 (10-0 Canyons Victory)
Motz once again took the lead when a double in the first half led to the eruption of Kugar’s three runs. After Motz scored, Brian Tal և and Valerie Ramirez both had RBIs in the innings, which was good for a quick 3-0 lead.
Hack helped make these two runs in the next shot with an RBI single that hit Motz and later stole two bases, leading the 5-0 lead.
Soto doubled in the third, then scored with a deep goal from Silva, which made the score 7-0. Mots later added another point, a run, when his shot landed behind Vacero’s right-hand post due to a running error that put the game under COC control, 8-0.
That would have been more than enough for Melgar (4-1), who also won two games after five innings, allowing five strokes, walking with five strokes.
Gabriela Gonzalez scored the fourth goal for McKenzi Gardette. Gonzalez later found the third place, scored a goal on the field and made the game 10-0.
Melgar allowed the first two shots of SBCC to reach the fifth base, then immediately hit the next three shots to finish the game early.
Lisa Mots – 2 vs. 3, triple, double, 3 runs
Ashlynn Heck – 1-for-3, 2 SB, run, RBI:
Alison Melgar – W, 5 IP, 5 H, BB, 5 Ks / 2-for-2, Double, BB, SB, Jogging
Brianne Tall – 1-for-2, 2 SB, run, RBI:
Caitlin Soto – 1 vs. 2, doubles, jogging, RBI
The Cougars will host El Camino և at Cypress College for two on Saturday, February 26, with games scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. El Camino և Cypress will also play in the middle of the game.
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