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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Panthers win 16th Big 8 Conference title: City College softball team to host opening playoff series

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City College sophomore Madison Butcoff, second baseman, high fives teammate Catie Gravel, freshman outfielder, after making a running catch for an out April 16 in the first game of a double-hitter against Cosumnes River College at The Yard. | Photos by Dianne Rose
City College freshman Gabrielle Ortiz stretches to grab the ball for the out in the April 19 game against Sierra College at The Yard. Photos by Dianne Rose. | dianne.rose.express@gmail.com
City College freshman Gabrielle Ortiz stretches to grab the ball for the out in the April 19 game against Sierra College at The Yard. Photos by Dianne Rose. | [email protected]

For the 16th time in City College history, the softball team has won the Big 8 Conference, finishing with a 17–4 conference record and 29–8–1 overall record.

The Panthers ended the season as the No. 3 team in the state, according to the final 2016 California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association State and Regional Poll.

The pitching staff was a major reason for the softball team’s success this season. Leading the group of pitchers is freshman Kali Sargent. She had a 20–5 record and was second in the Big 8 Conference with 170 strikeouts.

Katie Lopez, City College freshman shortstop, makes the catch and throws to first for the out in the game against Modesto Junior College at The Yard in April. Photos by Dianne Rose. | dianne.rose.express@gmail.com
Katie Lopez, City College freshman shortstop, makes the catch and throws to first for the out in the game against Modesto Junior College at The Yard in April. Photos by Dianne Rose. | [email protected]

According to the California Community College Athletic Association, the Panthers’ 1.56 ERA was the fourth lowest in the state. However, head coach Tim Kiernan believes the team was well rounded.

“We were a pretty balanced team,” Kiernan said. “We had a little power, hit 18 home runs, and we had some speed.”

City College last year lost to Shasta College in the playoffs, and the two teams will meet again for the second year in a row. Kiernan is confident his team will advance far into the playoffs.

City College sophomore Madison Butcoff, second baseman, high fives teammate Catie Gravel, freshman outfielder, after making a running catch for an out April 16 in the first game of a double-hitter against Cosumnes River College at The Yard. | Photos by Dianne Rose
City College sophomore Madison Butcoff, second baseman, high fives teammate Catie Gravel, freshman outfielder, after making a running catch for an out April 16 in the first game of a double-hitter against Cosumnes River College at The Yard. Photos by Dianne Rose. | [email protected]

“I feel good with whoever we match up with,” Kiernan said. “I like our team, and I like our chances.”

The softball team’s first playoff game is at The Yard Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

For more stats and information on the softball team, visit the City College athletics page at http://sccpanthers.losrios. edu/landing/index.

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