Offensive slump continues: Softball loses to San Jose City to fall 1-11 in league play

Freshman pitcher Yennifer Mendoza tries to close out the inning in their loss to San Jose City. It's the Rams fifth straight loss, which moves their record to 2-20. PHOTO BY BROADUS PARKER / THE GUARDSMAN

By Ryan Kuhn
The Guardsman

The City College women’s softball team continued their offensive struggles and extended their losing streak falling to San Jose City College in conference play.

The Jaguars got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and with the help from solid performance from their pitcher sophomore Amelia Vivo, San Jose defeated the Rams, 7-2.

“Their pitcher was very good,” head coach Jack McGuire said. “We have been in a bit of a slump hitting lately but that’s the game of softball. It’s a game of inches.”

Vivo was a nightmare for the Rams batters only allowing two runs on four hits and striking out six in six innings.

Sophomore Megan McGuire gave the Rams the only spark of offense during the afternoon in the sixth inning smashing a line drive home run that scored her and leadoff hitter Rae Walsworth.

McGuire, who is second on the team in batting behind Walsworth, knows she and her team need to get out of the slump.

“During the early part of the season I didn’t want to get in a slump but I did and seeing that pitch outside I usually love it so I hit it was it was big confidence for me,” Megan McGuire said.

Rams Pitcher Yennifer Mendoza who was injured in the first part of the season after getting struck by a line drive to her nose, has made her way back to the mound during the past month.

The freshman pitched well for the most part as she got the Rams out of multiple jams despite struggling in the later innings. She finished giving up seven runs on 10 hits, striking out and walking three.

“I think she pitched the best game all year,” Jack McGuire said.

With Mendoza doing most of the pitching since her return, that moves Louisa Sausedo to third base to give the Rams some more offense.

Sausedo is third on the team in batting and second in RBIs.

With the season winding down, City College looks to improve on their season with four out of their last six games being at home.

“We need to minimize the errors. If they get good hits they get good hits but if we can minimize those then we will be a good team.

The Rams will play their next game April 7 as they travel to Chabot College to face the Gladiators (11-14) and improve their 2-20 record. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

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