Softball rows to Super Regionals after back-to-back mercy rule wins

Big performances from the offense keeps the Mounties perfect in playoffs


Sophomore third baseman Olivia Ortiz (14) leading her team in a postgame celebration after sweeping Bakersfield College. Via davesportsimage.

Going into the evening May 14, the Mounties were locked in and looking for revenge. After losing to Bakersfield College earlier in the year, all eyes were set and prepared for the challenge. The Renegades started the game with an RBI single in the first inning to make it a quick 1-0 game, but the Mounties responded hard.

Sophomore middle infielder Asia Chacon (25) got the Mounties going in the first with an RBI single and set up sophomore outfielder Mia Mendoza (8) to score her in with an RBI double. Sophomore outfielder Ashley Diaz (6) then scored Mendoza (8) with a single herself and put the Mounties up 3-0 at the end of the first inning.

The next inning was nothing but the same: Mendoza (8) hit her second RBI of the day, scoring sophomore shortstop Katelyn Olson (27) with a single. Diaz (6) was hit by a pitch with bases loaded and brought in a run to set up a great opportunity for freshman middle infielder Janis Espinoza (19) who knocked in a two-run single. Sophomore third baseman Olivia Ortiz (14) scored and reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop and made it an 8-1 Mountie lead in the second.

It was only a matter of time before a long ball was hit and sophomore first baseman Brianna Goris (9) did not leave us hanging. Goris (9) cranked a two-run home run to center field fueling the Mountie stadium with energy. Mendoza (8) struck for the third time bringing in Ortiz (14) for her third RBI of the day and made it a 12-1 ballgame. Freshman pitcher Aleyna Urbina (7) completed the five-inning mercy rule win on the mound, allowing only three hits and one run which also gave her her second playoff win on the mound.

Sophomore outfielder Ashley Diaz (6) and freshman infielder Janis Espinoza (19) celebrating after both scoring and extending the Mountie lead. Via Davesportsimage.

Heading into game two, the Mounties were looking to not show any light of hope for the Renegades, and they did exactly that. Espinoza (19) walked with bases loaded which started the Mounties rally. Ortiz (14) then singled up the middle to make it a quick 2-0 game. Sophomore catcher Mireya Amezcua (42) hit a huge single up the middle which scored two runs and sparked a 4-0 lead.

Still in the first inning, sophomore second baseman Desiree Bravo (22) hit a massive two-run triple for the Mounties which erupted not only the dugout but the whole stadium. Olson (27) brought in Bravo (22) with a single and eventually scored from a Chacon (25) double. The Mounties were in a comfortable 8-0 lead.

Following her five-inning win against San Diego Mesa in round one of the playoffs, freshman pitcher Mirannda Rodriguez (20) had another shutdown performance, allowing only four hits and no runs. Rodriguez (20) earned her second playoff win of the year and remains perfect in the season at 15-0.

With clutch performances from both sides of the ball, the Mounties kept it fundamental in both round two victories. By winning the Regional playoffs, the Mounties will start their journey to state and begin the Super Regionals. San Jose College will come to Mt. SAC for the first round of Supers on Thursday, May 18, at 11 a.m.