Last season’s City College softball team saw a successful season end in disappointment upon being eliminated from the Northern California Regional Playoffs. After coming up short in 2013, the Panthers are now aiming to improve on last year’s results and go all the way to the state championship in May.
The team began the 2014 season ranked sixth in the state and third in Northern California according to the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason rankings. Winning seven or their first 12 games, including their last three in a row, the Panthers look to be living up to their high preseason expectations.
“I don’t put much value on preseason polls,” said Panthers head coach Tim Kiernan. “But it’s nice that someone recognizes that we’re going to be pretty good.”
Kiernan originally coached the Panthers from 1982-1997. In that time, he won three state championships (1988, 1992, 1996) and 14 conference championships. Kiernan returned to fill the head coaching vacancy in 2012 and just one year later led the team to another conference championship. This season, according to Kiernan, hopes to be no different.
“The goals are always the same for softball: win the league, win the regionals, go to state, and win…» Read More