On Thursday in their South Coast Conference game at Compton College, the Cerritos College softball team scored nine times in the top of the first inning on their way to a 16-3, 5-inning win. The win by the Falcons improved their overall record to 20-15, marking the 12th season in a row that head coach Kodee Murray reached the 20-win plateau. They have won 20 or more games in 16 out of her 17 seasons. The team will now play a 5:00 p.m. conference crossover game on Friday at East Los Angeles College.
Even though they scored 16 runs, Cerritos collected just 12 hits, while they drew a season-high 12 walks. Sophomore designated player Briana Lopez (Norwalk HS) led off the game with a walk, advanced bases twice on wild pitches and then scored on a wild pitch as freshman shortstop Tena Spoolstra (Mayfair HS) drew a walk. The bases became loaded when freshman outfielder Brianna Spoolstra (Mayfair HS) singled and freshman first baseman Keira Bolinas (Torrance HS) drew a walk.
Freshman third baseman Kayla Hernandez (Santa Fe HS) brought in a run on a fielder's choice, followed by a run-scoring walk to freshman catcher Deja Sendejas (El Rancho HS). A single by sophomore second baseman Rain Vega (La Mirada HS), followed by an RBI walk to freshman outfielder Kayla Aros (Torrance HS) was then followed by an RBI groundout by sophomore outfielder Tatyana Peko (La Habra HS). Lopez drove in a pair of runs with a triple, with the final run scoring on a fielder's choice. By the time the dust settled, the Falcons scored nine runs on just three hits.
With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Lopez doubled to right-center field, which cleared the bases for three more runs. Sendejas then tripled in a run in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch, with Lopez hitting her second triple of the game in the fifth inning to drive in a run.
Lopez, who leads the state with 18 home runs, drove in six runs which moved her into fourth place in the state with 58 RBI. She still remains two round trippers behind Samantha Vaaulu, who set the college's single-season record of 20 home runs in 2009. The 58 RBI Lopez has are currently the fifth most in a season in Falcon history. Vaaulu (2009) and Jessica Navarro (2008) each share the single-season record when they drove in 71 runs.
Five different players drew a pair of walks apiece, while Hernandez, Sendejas and Vega all had two-hit games, with Lopez going 3-for-4. The 12 free passes also gives the Falcons 138 on the season, which is the third most for a team this year. Cerritos has led the state in walks the last five seasons.
August 1, 2018 Softball: State home run leader signs with Arizona Christian
May 4, 2018 Softball: Defensive miscues hurt Falcons in loss
April 29, 2018 Softball: Briana Lopez named All-American
April 28, 2018 Softball: Kodee Murray named conference's Coach of the Year
April 28, 2018 Softball: Falcons seeded #9 for playoffs
April 24, 2018 Softball: Regular season finale results in 6-3 win
April 20, 2018 Softball: Brianna Spoolstra drives in six in Falcons win
April 19, 2018 Softball: Big innings propel Falcons to win
April 18, 2018 Softball: One big inning not enough in loss to Pasadena City
April 16, 2018 Softball: Ventura scores late runs to defeat Cerritos
April 12, 2018 Softball: Wind-blown loss to LB City gives Vikes the series
April 10, 2018 Softball: Consecutive wins for the Falcons over LA Harbor
April 6, 2018 Softball: Cerritos gets shut out by Cypress, 5-0
April 5, 2018 Softball: Lack of clutch hitting hurts Falcons in loss
April 3, 2018 Softball: Two more home runs for Lopez against Compton
April 2, 2018 Softball: Team battles back for 9-5 win
March 30, 2018 Softball: Briana Lopez powers Falcons past Citrus
March 29, 2018 Softball: Solid pitching performance leads Falcons
March 20, 2018 Softball: Seventh-inning runs lead Falcons to win
March 13, 2018 Softball: Falcons shut out by Mt. SAC, 6-0
March 6, 2018 Softball: Battle for first place ends in 10-3 loss
March 1, 2018 Softball: Lead holds up in conference victory
February 24, 2018 Softball: Timely hitting & strong pitching help Falcons win
February 22, 2018 Softball: Falcons pound Long Beach City, 10-2 in five innings
February 20, 2018 Softball: Briana Lopez clubs walk-off home run for the Falcons
February 16, 2018 Softball: Winning streak comes to an end with loss
February 15, 2018 Softball: Six-run inning leads Falcons to win over Rio Hondo
February 13, 2018 Softball: Clutch win comes with two runs in seventh inning
February 12, 2018 Softball: Power, pitching, patience and defense come together in win
February 10, 2018 Softball: Falcons split pair of games
February 8, 2018 Softball: Late-inning runs not enough against Mt. SAC
February 7, 2018 Softball: Comeback falls short in loss to Santiago Canyon
February 6, 2018 Softball: Early runs not enough to overcome in 4-1 loss
February 2, 2018 Softball: Grand slam propels Falcons to win
January 30, 2018 Softball: Coach Murray sets school record with 503rd win
January 27, 2018 Softball: Big innings hurt Falcons in loss
January 26, 2018 Softball: Cerritos walks their way to Kodee Murray's 502 career win