City College baseball loses Game 2 to Sierra
By | Staff Writer
March 27

City College was unable to hold off the Sierra College Wolverines March 26 and lost Game 2 of a three-game series, 2-1.

The Wolverines scored on a Bret Sundberg RBI single in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. The Panthers answered back in the second inning after Anthony Fellman reached home on a Brian Ingram RBI ground out.

The Panthers allowed the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Zach Smart pitched effectively in five innings, but was pulled in the sixth for Travis Magness.

“Smart loaded the bases with one out and did not have the command,” said Panthers’ head coach Derek Sullivan. “He was good through five, and in that sixth inning he just kind of lost it a little bit.”

Magness allowed no runs on two hits in his time on the mound..

“We had given him some rest because we kind of tired him out, and he has pitched in a lot of games for us,” said Sullivan. “He did outstanding.”

The Panthers had opportunities in the game and got in scoring position, but couldn’t respond. In the eighth, Boston Romero fell short of a home run in right field but managed…» Read More

Luck changes for No. 13
By | Staff Writer
March 26

Injuries are common for athletes — some are mild and some are intense — and can sideline an athlete for a season, which was the case for City College softball player Erikka Burke.

Burke has played softball for the Panthers since the 2014 season. Early in her freshman year, Burke suffered from a torn rotator cuff and was forced to use a medical red shirt to maintain her two years of playing eligibility.

“I love being on the field and playing,” said Burke. “So when I got my injury, I was so devastated. But I knew, no matter what, I was going to come back and play.”

According to Burke, her passion for softball started with playing T-ball when she was 4 years old, she later continued into recreational softball, then transitioned to travel ball when she turned 11 because “the other games became less challenging.”

Before coming to City College, Burke pitched for Elk Grove High School where she earned a 7-1 record with a 2.07 ERA in her 2013 senior year. It was in November of the same year at a City College practice when Burke sustained the injury in her pitching shoulder.

“I pitched the ball and…» Read More

City College softball snaps Sierra College winning streak
By | Staff Writer
March 23

City College split a doubleheader March 21 with Big 8 Conference rival Sierra College Wolverines. The Panthers won Game 1, 5-4 and lost Game 2, 6-3.

In Game 1, Sierra had a chance to tie it up 5-5 and force extra innings, but came up short. The Panthers got the stop and left two runners stranded on base, ending the game and the Wolverines’ 10-game win streak.

“We put the ball in play,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “We make mistakes, we work on it.”

The bottom of the first started well for City College when it scored one run on two errors by Sierra College.

The crowd got loud in the third inning when center fielder Aaliyah Oliver hit a line drive to right field for a base hit. First baseman Erikka Burke homered over the fence at right field — her fifth of the season — bringing in Oliver and scoring two runs for the Panthers.

Panthers’ hitting coach Rich Moore took little credit for the women’s success when it comes to hitting.

“The girls are working hard,” said Moore. “I come out here at 9:30 a.m. and they’ll hit straight until practice. They’re the ones putting the…» Read More

City College baseball falls in late innings to Santa Rosa
By | Staff Writer
March 20

City College baseball lost Game 2 of the three-game series March 19 against the Santa Rosa Bear Cubs 9-6 when it gave up eight runs in the final three innings.

The Panthers brought in relief pitcher Travis Magness in the top of the seventh to try and compliment starting pitcher Zach Smart, but the plan backfired. Head coach Derek Sullivan went through four pitchers in the inning, and the group allowed six runs on seven hits.

“We brought in a left-hander for some left-handed hitter matchups, and it didn’t get the route we wanted it to,” said Sullivan. “Then we went to a couple guys that just weren’t on. We gave up a bunch of hits, and we mixed up some signs and threw the wrong pitch twice, and we paid for it. “

After a shaky first inning, starting pitcher Zach Smart did exceptionally well and tamed the Bear Cubs in the following five innings. He allowed only one run on three hits in the six innings he pitched.

“Our starter had a good game, and he was tiring out a little bit,” said Sullivan. “We wanted to get him out in a plus mode.”

The Panthers struck early…» Read More

City College softball defeats CRC in extra innings
By | Sports Editor
March 17

City College defeated crosstown rival Cosumnes River College March 17 in extra innings in a close 9-8 game, and snapped the Hawks’ five game Big 8 Conference win streak in the process.

The team battled back from a 7-4 deficit and tied the game in the sixth inning, then tied the game again at 8-8 in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. “Battle” was the key word after the game for Panthers’ head coach Tim Kiernan.

“We’re battlers, and you can see that,” said Kiernan. “They’re young, we make some mistakes, but we battle. I’m really proud of them.”

The Hawks came into the game undefeated in conference play and were tied with defending state champions Sierra College for first place in the Big 8. They came out swinging in the first inning and took an early 3-0 lead off of a three-run triple from left fielder Christine Satterlee.

Cosumnes scored again in the top of the second inning and took a 4-0 lead. The Panthers answered back quickly in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homerun from second baseman Kailey Olcott.

Panthers’ starting pitcher Morgan Welch struggled early on, and was pulled for Jostyn…» Read More

Panthers’ softball sweeps doubleheader
By | Sports Editor
March 15


City College softball snapped a three-game losing streak when it defeated the Modesto Junior College Pirates 8-0 and 10-2, in the March 14 doubleheader.

The Panther’s victories were in large part due to pitching by starting pitchers Morgan Welch (Game 1) and Jostyn Bebout (Game 2).

“[Pitching] was a lot better today,” said head coach Tim Kiernan, whose victories put him one game above the 900-win mark in his career coaching softball at City College. “We’re still missing spots, but my expectations are pretty high, and we’ve got freshmen [pitchers]. Sometimes that’s what happens.”

In the Game 1 of the double header, the Panthers scored eight runs on just four hits and five errors. They finished the game on an eight-run rule in the bottom of the sixth.

Welch pitched a no-hitter and retired 15 consecutive batters from the second inning through the sixth.

In Game 2, Bebout threw six strikeouts in four shutout innings before being pulled for Welch in the fifth after allowing two runs.

The Panthers’ hitting was improved in Game 2. They scored 10 runs on 13 hits and three errors, and ended the game on an eight-run rule in the sixth inning.

Eight players…» Read More

City College softball lose third consecutive
By | Sports Editor
March 11

City College softball dropped its third straight Big 8 Conference game March 10 against the Diablo Valley Vikings, 9-7.

Both teams came into the game ranked in the top 15 in the California Community College Athletic Association, with the 11th-ranked Vikings just one spot ahead of the 12th-ranked Panthers.

Despite having 13 hits on the day, the Panthers couldn’t rally back from the five-point lead that the Vikings held in the fifth.

“We’re just not pitching well enough,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “We get ahead in the count, and then we throw a hitters pitch. On that home run, we had one ball, two strikes. Then we throw it up and away, and she tomahawks it out.”

The aforementioned home run was the turning point in the game. The Panthers led 4-2 going into the top of the fourth and were close to quickly closing out the inning before Vikings’ Carrie Lee reached base on a single. Lee scored on a fielding error two batters later and cut the lead to 4-3.

Two batters later, the bases were loaded, and Cynthia Duenas hit a grand slam just over the fence and glove of Panthers’ right fielder Riley Ammaturo.

“[Ammaturo]…» Read More

City College baseball loses close game to ARC
By | Staff Writer
March 11

City College baseball was not able to hold onto an early lead March 10, and lost 2-1 in Game 1 of a three-game series against the American River College Beavers.

The Panthers started strong with a run in the second inning. Catcher Austin Spainhour scored after a sacrifice fly by third baseman Tyler Houlihan.

The Panthers tried to get something going in the fifth inning, but came up short. Houlihan hit a single up the middle, but was tagged out when he attempted to steal second base.

City College starting pitcher Ben Ritchey helped the Panthers hold on to the narrow lead and allowed no runs in six innings.

The game turned around for the Beavers in the seventh inning. Right fielder Alex Gaskin hit a triple to left-center field. He later stole home on a wild pitch, which tied the game 1-1.

“I think today we just got too comfortable,” said Ritchey.

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City College softball loses first 2 conference games
By | Sports Editor
March 8

City College softball started its Big 8 Conference play with two loses, 7-4 and 9-7, in a March 7 doubleheader against the American River College Beavers in what the coach deemed “mental” errors.

The Panthers hit well during the doubleheader — 17 combined hits — but according to head coach Tim Kiernan, the defense wavered in their decisions, which cost them both games.

“There was a lot of indecision today — we don’t practice indecision,” said Kiernan. “They made that judgment. I can’t play for them. They’re out there playing, and they’re playing hard, but a lot of times, mentally, they’re not playing hard.”

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Panthers fell behind fast and went down 6-1 after three innings. Starting pitcher Morgan Welch allowed six runs in the 2 2/3 innings she pitched before she was pulled for Jostyn Bebout. Bebout was more sound in her performance in the circle and allowed only one run in the rest of the game.

“In the first game, we gave them 12 base runners between five walks, six errors and one hit batter,” said Kiernan. “So that’s 12 base runners we gave them. That’s like giving them 12 extra hits….» Read More

City College baseball loses in close game
By | Sports Editor
March 2

City College snapped its four-game winning streak in a 7-5 loss against the Cabrillo College Seahawks Feb. 28 at Union Stadium.

The Panthers lost a three-run lead in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Seahawks scored six runs on eight hits. Branden Nunn took the bulk of the runs after he replaced starting pitcher Steven Talbert in the sixth inning. Talbert allowed two runs in the fifth.

“We had a meltdown, pitching-wise, where they scored a bunch of runs, and then we just couldn’t get that rally put together,” said City College head coach Derek Sullivan. “We had a decent amount of good at-bats, but we didn’t string enough of them together.”

The Panthers started the game out well, compiling four runs in the first four innings, but the lineup that Sullivan put together for the game couldn’t produce enough hits late in the game.

Among other lineup changes, Tyler Houlihan started the game at first base over Brandon Langan, rather than his normal third-base position; Alex Muzzi moved over to center field from left field, while Jacob Oliver started at left.

The reason for the lineup change, according to Sullivan, was because certain guys have been struggling lately,…» Read More