PC’s Annisa Gomez hits grand slam, 9 RBIs in sweep of Cerro Coso

The depth of Porterville College softball’s lineup continues to show with the Lady Pirates sweeping Cerro Coso 14-1 and 9-3 in Friday’s Central Valley Conference doubleheader at home.

Down three starters, Porterville (23-13, 9-7 CVC) didn’t miss a step and powered through the lineup to bring in the victories and improve to third in the conference.

PC’s Annisa Gomez’s stayed hot in both games with the freshman 3-for-3 with a grand slam, seven RBIs and two runs scored in the first game. She finished the day with nine RBIs to bring her weekly total to 14 RBIs and three home runs. The team is also second in the state in home runs with 30, one behind San Mateo’s 31.

“We’ve got some hitters this year, we’ve definitely got some hitters,” PC head coach Vickie Dugan said. “And the cool thing is when Chelsea [Ramos] went down, Annisa stepped up. [Kuea Angilau’s] been hitting well. Shantae [Gutierrez] got some good hits. We have people that have just stepped up. Then [Alexis LaFarga] started the rally in this second game, we’ve just had people step up.”

The Pirates crushed the Coyotes (3-28, 2-14 CVC) in five innings the first game but in the second they went hitless and were down 3-0 through the first three innings. Gutierrez, slowly got Porterville going again with a RBI-double in the bottom of the fourth, but LaFarga’s RBI-double in the fifth started the Pirates comeback.

Following LaFarga’s hit, Raquel Gonzalez reached on error than took second while the Coyotes’ tried to find the ball and get it back to their pitcher in the circle. Walks to Sayra Sanchez and Angilau, respectively, brought in LaFarga for the tie but Gomez hit a sacrifice fly before the close of the inning to put Porterville up 4-3.

“I think unfortunately, the first game was 14-1, and so they took a little bit, too much longer between games,” Dugan said. “Didn’t get back into it as soon as they should. And they’ve got to learn they can’t do that. The have to come out first inning just as strong as they left that fifth inning. And they waited way too long to get back up.”

PC had another strong inning in the sixth with five runs scoring — four in four at-bats — to put the game away.

Gonzalez and Sanchez both scored two runs and had an RBI, while Angilau walked three times and had an RBI.

On the mound, Ashley Eyraud had a day. The sophomore pitched seven innings with three runs on six hits, no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. Sophomore Alexis Rodriguez pitched the first game with one run allowed on three hits. 

Cerro Coso scored in the first inning of the first game, but Porterville poured on the runs with two in the first, one in the second, four in third and seven in the fourth for the victory. 

Gomez recorded her grand slam in the bottom of the fourth but it was a strong outing for all the Pirates. Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI while Sanchez had three walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Gutierrez had a two-run RBI-double, Kassy Cervantes had a double and a run scored and Auzia Mosley had two walks and two runs scored. 

Despite having three starters go down with season-ending injuries the Pirates have won 10 of their last 12 games and are looking to at least split a doubleheader next Tuesday, April 16, against the College of the Sequoias. The Giants are sitting on first in the conference. 

“It would be huge for us to at least split with them, and I think that we have the ability,” Dugan said. “Even missing all the people that we’re missing, because of our bats, we can do that. We can do an upset.” 

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