Softball defeats El Camino with no remorse

Toni Reveles, Staff Writer

The Cerritos College’s softball team could not turn off its bats if it tried.

The women went on to beat conference rival El Camino 19-3.

Cerritos had just come off a 5-1 victory against Santa Barbara, second baseman Jenny Collazo said, “We were hungry, we went over there wanting to unload and we did that.”

As the game begin Cerritos started off by scoring two runs but thing started to heat up rapidly for their offense.

In the second inning alone, the women scored nine runs.

Lead by Collazo, who went 4-4 with five RBIs in the game, “I’ve been working with my coach a lot and I’ve been working on keeping my weight back, in my opinion, hitting is the fun part but it’s also the hardest and I’m constantly working on it,”

The ladies went on to score three runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth inning, in which the game was over.

Pitcher Jenny Navarro said, “Our offense was great, we came out strong and kept pushing until the fifth inning.

“Lately we have been struggling with scoring runners in scoring position and being selfish with our bats but that game was different, we played for each other and just focused on getting 60 feet, quality at bats, and scoring the runner.”

Navarro continued, “What I liked about the El Camino game was we never gave an inch and if someone didn’t get the hit they wanted the next person after them picked them up by getting a walk or base hit,”

Another part of their offense was outfielder Kimberly Olivas who went 3-4 with two RBIs, “Every game I try to come out with an approach, just concentrated on ways to help my team score.”

Assistant coach Bud Murray said this year’s schedule was tough, and Collazo agrees.

“We do have a tough schedule, all the teams we played were stacked and they were all hard teams to face.

“This year’s schedule taught us how to battle, fight until the last out is called, score our base runners, and not give up any outs, it’s helped build our team and it’s helped us develop our own goals and our own demeanor,” said Collazo.