Cerritos’ Softball team suffers first loss against Palomar

Toni Reveles

The softball team traveled to play the CCCAA State Champions Palomar, but they did not get the result it wanted.

The game took place Saturday Jan. 30, at Palomar College and ended with a final score of 2-4.

The Falcons now look ahead to play Citrus Wednesday, February 3.

In the first inning Palomar started by scoring first, in the top of the third inning the Falcons tied the game up 1-1 but then in the bottom of the third inning Palomar answered right back by scoring two more times in the inning.

Sophomore and third baseman/pitcher Jenny Navarro said the difference between being down in this game and being down in their previous game was the intensity.

“The difference was our intensity and not answering back after Palomar scored, but […] it wasn’t a loss in our book because we learned from our mistakes and that is only going to make us stronger as a team,” she said.

The Falcons couldn’t catch up to Palomar’s batting power, after the third inning Cerritos scored once in the fifth as Palomar scored once more in the sixth.

In the previous game against Riverside City College it also played from behind and overcame their challenges, but against Palomar it couldn’t.

Sophomore and second baseman Jenny Collazo explained the differences, “I think that we just didn’t come out the same, we didn’t come out with the same attitude that we did against Riverside.

“We’re still learning to work with each other and how to play with and behind each others but I have faith in my team and I trust that we will be stronger,” she said.

This was the first game of the season were Navarro did not pitch.

“It felt good to play at third,” she said.

One thing that was similar in all games that Cerritos played was it’s errors.

In the first two games of the season the Falcons committed three errors in the first two games respectively. Furthermore, in this game they had two.

“Errors are going to happen, it’s a part of the game. What I’m concerned about is how we answer back as a team. We can’t let one error determine the next play or determine our offense if someone makes an error we make sure that we pick up that teammate and make the next play,” said Collazo.

Navarro shared the same feeling as her teammate, “Those errors are errors that we talk about after our games trying to figure out a solution to work on at practice so that it won’t happen again.”