Game Coverage

Softball loses Game 1 in first round of playoffs
By | Sports Editor
May 3

Things got interesting in the top of the sixth inning in the May 2 softball playoff game against Shasta College. The umpires blew a crucial call that turned the game’s momentum the Knights’ way.

With the second baseman forced to run, Panthers’ first baseman Erikka Burke threw to third base. Shortstop Kailey Olcott had her foot on the bag to get the force out, but after a conference between the umpires, the runner was ruled safe. The blown call led to three more runs in the inning, and Shasta took a 9-5 lead.

In the end, City College dropped Game 1 in a best-of-three series in the California Community College Athletic Association Regional Playoffs against the Shasta College Knights in a hard fought 11-9 battle.

Head coach Tim Kiernan was critical of the umpires’ call after the game.

“That was horrible, but what can you do?” said Kiernan. “The trouble is, with the umpires in a three-man system, they don’t work it enough, and they’re all watching one play and not watching any where else — and that’s the point of a three-man system.

“We would’ve been better on that play having two umpires than having someone right there. That…» Read More

Emotional victory for City College baseball
By | Staff Writer
April 26

City College baseball closed out the season with a three-game series sweep against the Modesto Junior College Pirates. The Panthers took Game 3 April 24 at Union Stadium, 7-4.

Despite the victory, the game was bittersweet for the Panthers. For many of the players this game would be their last, and the emotion on their faces showed it.

Third baseman Tyler Houlihan ended his final season with the Panthers on a humble note — earning four hits, two runs and a number of steals.

“It sucks it came to an end on a sour note,” said Houlihan. “But overall it was satisfying to go out with a bang. I feel really grateful for the past three years. This place changed my life.”

Fueled by emotion and the slightest possibility of still making the playoffs given unlikely circumstances, the Panthers played one of their better games all season. The team scored seven hits on 11 runs with four errors.

The score remained evenly matched throughout the game until the bottom of the sixth when catcher Austin Spainhour hit a two-run double to left field, bringing home both right fielder Kyle Blakeman and pitcher Brandon Langan.

Modesto tied up the game 4-4…» Read More

SCC softball defeats Delta College in must-win game
By | Sports Editor
April 22

While City College baseball — who will miss the playoffs for the first time in 35 years — was at Union Stadium trying to end its season on a winning note yesterday afternoon against Modesto, the softball team was playing the Delta College Mustangs in a battle for a potential playoff spot.

The Panthers defeated the Mustangs 8-5 in seven innings April 21 in both teams’ final game of the regular season and the sophomores’ final home game at City College.

The deciding factor in the game was the pressure the Panthers’ runners put on the Mustangs’ infielders while on base. The Mustangs had multiple throwing errors in the fourth and fifth innings, which led to three unearned runs. During the two innings, the Mustangs seemed overwhelmed with the speed from the Panthers’ base runners. The Panthers — who are second in the state with 115 stolen bases — finished the game with five stolen bases.

“We put pressure on them, and that’s our game,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “We’re going to run on every catcher that we face. They better be as good as our catcher, or we’re going to run on them.”

Although the Panthers’ pitchers finished…» Read More

City College softball one step closer to playoffs
By | Sports Editor
April 19

With three games remaining in the regular season and a playoff birth on the line, City College softball desperately needed to win both games of the April 18 doubleheader against Big 8 Conference rival Santa Rosa Junior College.

The team did just that. The Panthers won both games in the bottom of the fifth inning on a run-rule, with an 8-0 score in Game 1 and a 9-1 score in Game 2.

“We played really well today,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “I don’t know if we really made any mistakes.”

The Panthers got on the board early in Game 1, scoring two runs on fielding errors by Santa Rosa.

Panthers’ shortstop Kailey Olcott, who played well in both games, hit a solo homerun in the third inning to put the team up 3-0. Later, in the fourth inning, third baseman Taylor McDowell hit a three-run blast over the fence to put the Panthers up 7-0.

“We hit some hard balls, and the two home runs certainly helped us,” said Kiernan. “Sometimes it takes a couple times around [the batting order] to get to the pitcher.”

In the bottom of the fifth, Olcott reached first base after being hit by…» Read More

City College baseball’s struggles continue
By | Sports Editor
April 15


City College baseball’s battle to break .500 on the season is not over. The team’s lost to cross-town rival Cosumnes River College April 14 in a high scoring 12-8 game, the first matchup of the season and first of a three-game series for the two teams.

The Panthers started the game strong and jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning. However, the momentum shifted toward CRC after a second altercation between head coach Tony Bloomfield and the second base umpire about a blown call at first base in the top of the third.

Panthers’ head coach Derek Sullivan declined to comment about the calls or the officiating but stated that the argument may have benefited CRC by rallying the dugout.

“I don’t think it was out of character or out of place,” said Sullivan about Bloomfield’s reaction to the calls. “It was probably how it should’ve gone.”

Cosumnes scored three runs in the inning and cut the lead to 4-3.

Panthers’ first baseman Brandon Langan hit an RBI single in the fifth to put the team up 5-3, but CRC’s momentum wouldn’t falter. Cosumnes rallied back and scored three runs in the top of the…» Read More

City College softball splits doubleheader with West Valley College
By | Sports Editor
April 6

Just one day after losing two games in a doubleheader against Big 8 conference rival Diablo Valley College, City College split a doubleheader April 4 with the West Valley College Vikings. The Panthers lost Game 1, 13 -3 and won Game 2, 10-2.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Vikings offense dismantled the Panthers with 13 runs on 15 hits and two errors, compared to three runs on five hits and one error for City College.

“They hit the ball, and we didn’t,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “[Kaitlyn Guevara] threw a lot of off-speed stuff, and she was very slow, and we had a hard time with her.”

Starting pitcher Jostyn Bebout held the Vikings to three runs in the first four innings, but the Panthers’ offense only answered back with one run. In the top of the fifth inning, things went awry for City College, and it allowed six runs on six hits, including a three-RBI single from the Vikings’ Regan Van Diemen.

Bebout was pulled in the fifth for Holly McKenzie, but came back into the game in the top of the sixth inning and pitched a shutout inning.

“I think [Jostyn] did fine the first…» Read More

City College baseball wins Game 1 against DVC
By | Staff Writer
April 1

After losing two straight games, the Panthers bounced back and defeated Diablo Valley College 4-1 at Union Stadium March 31 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

Ben Ritchey got the starting nod and pitched a complete game — his first of the season. He allowed one run on six hits.

“He gave us a great chance and threw a lot of quality strikes and got a lot of quick outs,” said head coach Derek Sullivan. “So it was a pretty easy decision. He was feeling fine towards the end. I don’t think we were pushing him to a point where he was uncomfortable.”

After four scoreless innings, the Panthers put pressure on the Vikings with the first run of the game. Alex Muzzi got an RBI single that brought Anthony Fellman home and gave City College a 1-0 lead.

The Vikings answered in the seventh inning, when Ritchey allowed the only run the Vikings would score and tied the game 1-1.

“[Ritchey] continued to give us a chance even after he gave up a run,” said Sullivan. “I would like to say that was the turning point. From inning one our guy had it on the mound.”

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City College softball gets walk-off win against ARC
By | Sports Editor
April 1

City College softball took down Big 8 Conference rival American River College 9-1 at home March 31 in what the coach considered one of the more complete games the team played this season.

“I thought that we played one of our better games all year,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “We pitched very well, we played good defense and got a lot of key hits.”

The Panthers faced a shaky start in the top of first inning. In the inning, Kiernan decided to walk Jennifer Woo, ARC’s best statistical hitter, which later led to a bases loaded situation. However, two groundouts later, the Panthers escaped the inning with no runs on one hit.

“[Woo] can hit the ball out of the park,” said Kiernan. “You’ve got an open base, so you put her on. We put her on base, and she didn’t score, or hit it out of the park, or get a hit all day.”

In the bottom of the first, designated hitter Megan Anthony hit a RBI double. One batter later, she scored an unearned run from a fielding error by the Beavers, and the Panthers took an early 2-0 lead.

The Beavers scored their only run in…» Read More

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

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