Knowing they would need to defeat #1-seeded Mt. San Antonio College twice on Saturday to advance to the 2nd Round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs, the Cerritos College softball team was able to come up with one win before a 4-0 loss ended their season. The Falcons (22-21), seeded #17 for the playoffs, opened the day with an 8-4 win, which forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in their best-of-three series. It was the first win for Cerritos over the Mounties (38-5) since an 8-6, 8-inning win in 2014, and snapped a 15-game losing streak.
Game 2 - Mt. SAC scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead against freshman pitcher Skyler Swearingen (Mayfair HS), who would settle down and keep them off the board for the final four innings. Heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Falcons were able to get things going with two outs. Freshman third baseman Sophia Collazo (Paramount HS) singled with one out and advanced to second base after an error kept the inning alive. The bases were loaded after sophomore shortstop Tena Spoolstra (Mayfair HS) drew a walk. Freshman outfielder Haley Davis (Mayfair HS) then dropped in an RBI single before sophomore designated player Kayla Hernandez (Santa Fe HS) drove a ball under the glove of Mountie third baseman Ciara Granado, which plated two more runs. Freshman outfielder Itzel Soto (Long Beach Millikan HS) then gave Cerritos a 5-3 lead with a two-run triple.
Swearingen, who earned the win with the complete game, got the final 11 outs of the game on pop-ups and fly balls and limited Mt. SAC to five singles and a walk. The Falcons added three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, with Hernandez driving a two-run double, while sophomore outfielder Victoria Medina (Whittier HS/Rio Hondo College) added an RBI single. Davis finished the game 3-for-4, while Hernandez drove in four runs.
Game 3 - With the winner advancing to the Super Regional next weekend, Mt. SAC got on the board with solo home runs in the second and third innings off sophomore pitcher Sierra Gerdts (Montebello HS), who also pitched the first game of the series. The Mounties were able to string together several bloop hits in the fifth and sixth innings off Swearingen to score single runs, who came on in relief in the fourth inning.
Cerritos put two runners on base in the first inning on a single by Spoolstra, while Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Soto then grounded out to end the scoring threat. The Falcons were limited to just three hits and one walk, with Spoolstra accounting for two of the hits.
May 3, 2019 Softball: Game 1 of the series goes to Mt. SAC
April 30, 2019 Softball: Big inning propels Falcons to playoff win
April 27, 2019 Softball: Falcons seeded #17 for playoffs
April 26, 2019 Softball: Eight players earn All-Conference recognition
April 24, 2019 Softball: Final regular season game ends in win
April 23, 2019 Softball: Lead slips away in final conference game
April 20, 2019 Softball: Itzel Soto ends game on walk-off home run
April 18, 2019 Softball: Pitching duo combines to shut out Compton
April 16, 2019 Softball: Team shut out against Fullerton
April 15, 2019 Softball: Falcons make great strides in big win over Chaffey
April 13, 2019 Softball: Split of doubleheader helps Falcons cause
April 9, 2019 Softball: Cerritos holds on for win over LA Harbor
April 6, 2019 Softball: Late rally falls short in 6-5 loss
April 2, 2019 Softball: Win evens team's conference record
March 29, 2019 Softball: Pitching dual ends in 4-1 extra-inning loss
March 28, 2019 Softball: Back and forth game ends in 9-7 Cerritos win
March 26, 2019 Softball: Game gets away from Falcons in one-run loss
March 22, 2019 Softball: Sixth inning grand slam does in Falcons, 6-1
March 19, 2019 Softball: Pitching leads Falcons to win over Rio Hondo
March 18, 2019 Softball: Errors and long ball hurt Falcons in loss
March 16, 2019 Softball: Late runs secures win over LA Mission
March 14, 2019 Softball: Falcons post big win over Pasadena City
March 12, 2019 Softball: Cerritos held off the board against Mt. SAC
March 9, 2019 Softball: Team splits doubleheader with Canyons
March 5, 2019 Softball: One bad inning leads to Falcon loss
February 28, 2019 Softball: Run-rule in effect in Falcons 11-2 win
February 26, 2019 Softball: Missed opportunities lead to conference loss
February 25, 2019 Softball: Cerritos posts big win over Rio Hondo
February 22, 2019 Softball: Nine-run inning leads to 10-4 loss
February 21, 2019 Softball: Second straight run-rule win for the Falcons
February 7, 2019 Softball: Falcons shut out by Mt. SAC
January 30, 2019 Softball: Bolinas grand slam highlights win over Santa Ana
January 29, 2019 Softball: Offense breaks through in mercy win
January 26, 2019 Softball: Season opens with loss to Palomar