Gap mercy rule gives softball team the win

Mercy rule was summoned at Nancy Kelly field as the Cerritos College softball team won 10-2 over the Mt. San Antonio College Mounties.

“We had to learn how to finish, ” head coach Kodee Murray said, “and they (players) did that today, they did a great job.”

The Falcons, for some time, were on a losing streak throughout the first games scheduled.

Coach Murray and her staff for told a rise out of the three game losing streak and after the performance on Tuesday Feb. 11 that’s exactly what they wanted.

It is a good start to the South Coast Conference with such a good lead but many obstacles lay ahead in the season.

“We have a long way to go,” Murray said, “we’ve only played five games we have 35 more to play so we are really brand new in it.” Stronger teams are yet to be encountered according to Murray but she is confident in the development of her team.

Batter of the game, freshman outfielder Joanna Perruccio, battled away at home giving the pitcher a challenging game that paved the way for her teammates on the bases to walk to home.

“I think we executed better we hit better pitches,” Perruccio said, “we were more confident.”

Coach Murray said batting was a big focus during practice and she was proud to see the slamming results with three home runs right off the bat.

The Mounties were left for dead in the early portion of the game but rose to chase the Falcons near the fourth inning, to suppress all hopes for a tie up, Perruccio said the team decided to not let the opponent’s offense breathe and to push and keep fighting.

Sophomore third-baseman, Ariana Mejia, wanted to go into the match hitting the ball and getting on base. “Hitting was contagious for us,” Mejia said.

Pasadena College is the next team the Falcons will face on Thursday Feb. 13 at a 2 p.m. away game. Although this is the first game of the conference, Coach Murray and her team believe there is still a lot to overcome throughout the season. “Every game is a stepping stone for us.” Murray said.