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Panthers advance to Super Regionals

Morgan Green, City College sophomore infielder, at bat during playoff game May 4 against Reedley College at The Yard. City College won in the bottom of the fifth inning 11-0 to continue in the playoffs. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

The Panthers came into the season with lofty expectations from the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association with a ranking of sixth in the state and third in Northern California.

Despite a flurry of injuries, City College softball wrapped up their regular season with a 28-12 record, good enough for a playoff birth and the fourth seed in the Northern California rankings.

“We had a pretty good season so far,” said Head Coach Tim Kiernan. “We didn’t accomplish all of our goals, but we accomplished some.”

After defeating Reedley College in a best-of-three game series May 3 and May 4 in the first round of the playoffs, the Panthers still have hopes of making it to the State Championships.

The Panthers needed only two games to defeat Reedley College. In the first game, City College had one of their best hitting performances of the season with 17 hits, defeating Reedley 11-3. The second game ended in the fifth inning on an eight-run rule with a score of 11-0.

Their next task will be the Northern California Super Regional Playoffs. The Super Regional is a double-elimination style tournament held May 9-11 at College of San Mateo. There, the Panthers will face Ohlone College, College of San Mateo, and San Joaquin Delta College.

Coming into the season, the Panthers had 2013 standout Mickey Loveridge returning. Loveridge, who only played 26 games this season due to injuries, won Co-MVP of the Big-8 conference and received the All-Northern California award. Loveridge had a .444 batting average, seven homeruns, 35 RBI’s, and 11 stolen bases on the season. She was also a threat on defense with a .906 fielding percentage, and turned nine double plays.

Freshman designated player Noelani Kaklia was also selected to the All-Northern California team. Kakalia led the team in homeruns with 8, had a .429 batting average, and 36 RBI’s on the season.

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In total, the team saw five of their players receive first team All-Big 8 Conference selections: Asthen Welch, Mickey Loveridge, Noelani Kakalia, Taylor Martinez and Megan Winton.

Allie Cheetham and Morgan Green received second team selections, and Meghan Wantz and Stephanie Bagwell received honorable mentions.

City College Athletic Director Mitch Campbell has had high hopes for the softball team both on and off the field. With this year’s Recognition of Excellence Ceremony for City College athletics coming up, the softball team has four or five student athletes winning awards for academics, according to Campbell.

“That speaks volumes about how seriously they take their academics,” said Campbell. “All of our teams do.”

The Panthers came up short this season of winning back-to-back conference championships by coming in second place to Sierra College. The main objective of the season, however, is still in reach: the California State Championship.

“That’s always been our goal, all year,” said Kiernan. “The state tournament.”

The next stop after the Super Regional playoffs is the State Championships and will be held in Bakersfield May 17-19.

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