`Going After Bad Pitches’ Leads to GCC Loss Against Citrus

Roderick Daniels

GCC’s women’s softball went down to a 4-2 loss against Citrus College Wednesday caused by inconsistent hitting and pitching.

“We’re still doing the same thing,” first-year head Coach Dave Wilder said. “We’re going after bad pitches, and you see what happens in the seventh inning.”

Glendale (12-16, 6-10 in conference) managed only six hits, three in the first five innings, and had only one base runner past second until the sixth inning.

Down 2-0 in the sixth inning, Glendale had a runner in scoring position, but Coach Wilder made a questionable decison to send Eileen Bermudez from third to home.

“I had to make things happen,” Wilder said. “Like the girl getting tagged out at home, if I bring her in I’m the hero, if not, I’m the goat. A split second later she would have been safe.”

Glendale starting pitcher Ceci Covarrubias pitched six innings, gave up four runs (three earned), walked seven, hit two, and had one strikeout.

Corvarrubias started because number-one pitcher Bermudez pitched over the weekend. Bermudez came in the seventh inning and retired the side in order, including a strikeout.

The first two innings were a disaster for Corvarrubias. In the first inning, Citrus got back-to-back two-out hits from Dorene Cerda and Sandra Mendez to load the bases. An error by the third base player allowed the first run to score.

Corvarrubias led off the second inning with a walk to Lorraine Lozano, and a single by Michelle Carilo. After making Vansie Horcastas fly out, Corvarrubias walked Desiree Quinn, to load the bases, and hit Laura Holman to score Lozano.

“Everybody she hit or walked scored,” Wilder said. “She struggled with her control, and we fell behind.”

Citrus put the game away in the sixth inning by scoring twice more. Horcastas led off the inning with a triple, and then came in on a ground out by Quinn.

Holman, who walked, came in on a double by Sandra Mendez. Those two runs ended up making the difference in the game, as the only runs Glendale scored came on a sixth inning home run by Chrissy Paknik. It was her first home run of the year.