Super Regional Playoff Bracket (Site A)
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The No. 1-ranked College of the Canyons softball team defeated No. 16 Santa Barbara 2-1, in a best-of-three series, marking the first time that the program has moved on to the California Community College Softball Super Regionals on Friday, May 11 at Ray Whitten Field.
The Cougars won the first game, 7-2, on Friday afternoon behind power hitter Adriana Correa who was 2-of-4 with two RBIs. Correa started the Cougar's offense after trailing the Vaqueros 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. The shortstop hit her 18th homerun of the season with a long ball over the left field fence, that helped four other runs to get scored in the same inning. COC would add two more in the bottom of the sixth inning for insurance. Kimmie Lockhart was tabbed with the win, to improve to 22-1, and went seven innings and gave up no hits and no earned runs. She struckout 10.
In the second game, the Cougars struggled offensively, and lost their first home game of the season 3-2 to the Vaqueros. Despite surging back in the seventh inning with bases loaded and a run already scored, COC fell to 17-1 at home this season. Alicia Paiz fell to 16-2 on the season and gave up five hits and two earned runs in 33 at bats.
After falling in the second game, the No. 1-ranked Cougars fell behind again, but rallied to beat No. 16 Santa Barbara City 13-1 in a five-inning, mercy-rule game. COC watched the Vaqueros score first in the top of the second inning, but Canyons responded with five runs in the bottom of the second and eight in the bottom of the fourth inning. Correa was 1-of-2 with two RBIs and a homerun and Lockhart went 3-of-3 with a double. Lockhart also handled the pitching duties for the Cougars and struckout five and gave up only two hits.
COC will now play host to No. 4 Riverside, No. 5 Saddleback and No. 8 Southwestern in a four-team, double elimination playoff series at College of the Canyons on May 11-13. The winner of the bracket will be one-of-two teams from Southern California to move on to the state championship tournament. No. 2 Cypress College is the other host of the Super Regionals and is hosting No. 7 Glendale, No. 3 Mt. SAC and No. 6 Bakersfield.
Bakersfield College will play host to this year's softball and baseball state championships, being held May 18-20.
Tickets for the event can only be bought at the gate. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with identification, staff, children under 12 and seniors over 60.
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